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Building a Stronger City, From the Block Up!
Living in one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods is a source of great pride for residents and there is no better way to celebrate that pride than bringing your neighbors together and having a block party!  

Learn more about the power of Neighborfest here.
The 2018 Neighborfest Program offers Host Committees tools and resources that empower them to pull off the best block party by providing:

  • A Host Toolkit featuring step-by-step instructions for assembling a host committee, a timeline to guide your activities, customized forms and flyers
  • A free and simplified permitting process
  • Access to free barricades*
  • Free one-time use waste bins**
  • For first time hosts – a bin of disaster supplies for your block**

The Neighborfest program is the ultimate resource for building stronger, more connected communities.

* Courtesy of Public Works    ** Courtesy of Recology

Announcing the 2018 Neighborfest Program

Returning for its fourth year, the 2018 Neighborfest Program will offer this year’s hosts the biggest suite of tools and resources yet.  As in years past, hosts will need to complete both the NEN Neighborfest Host Application and the SFMTA ISCOTT Block Party Street Closure application.

There are two new aspects to the program:

  • In 2018, Neighborfests can ONLY be hosted on Saturdays between August 4th and November 3rd
  • There are a LIMIT of THREE (3) available Neighborfest slots each Saturday

2018 Neighborfest Partners & Sponsors


2018 Neighborfest Application Process Overview

What Does a Host Committee Receive?

Hosting a Neighborfest Block Party is a lot of fun, if you have the right tools and resources. The NEN has partnered with an amazing group of agencies to provide you with the following:

  • The Neighborfest Host Toolkit that provides step by step instructions on how to organize your Host Committee and the forms and check lists you’ll need to pull off a great event
  • No permitting costs – if you participate in the application process in a timely manner, you’ll have the fees usually charged for a street closure paid for on your behalf
  • Access to free barricades*
  • Free one-time use waste bins**
  • For first time hosts – “Big Red Bin” of disaster supplies for your block to use during times of stress**
  • The support from the Neighborfest Team who will attend your event and share information about how to make your neighborhood safer and better informed about essential programs and resources***

* Courtesy of Public Works – Based on availability

** Courtesy of Recology

*** Based on availability


How Do You Apply?
  1. Review the information provided regarding program benefits and review the list of available Saturdays (August 4th – November 3rd) to host your event
    NOTE: Only three Neighborfests can be hosted on the same Saturday – See list at the bottom of this page for available dates.


  • Securing your date: Download the Neighborfest Host Application, complete and sign and email to  Be sure to identify the dates you’d like to reserve.  If your application is complete, and the date you’ve selected is available, then you will receive an email confirmation of your reservation.
    NOTE: Dates are reserved on a first come first serve basis.



  • Submitting your SFMTA ISCOTT Block Party Application:  Once you have received your Neighborfest date reservation – return to the Neighborfest Website and download the SFMTA ISCOTT Block Party Application, complete and submit it for their review.  Mail the SFMTA Application to the address provided on the application or email it to
    NOTE: Be sure to provide all of the information requested, including the map of your event!



  • Please be ready to provide any requested data from SFMTA regarding your application – failure to provide requested information could halt your application process
    NOTE: The NEN Staff will attend the ISCOTT hearing on your application on your behalf.



  • If your ISCOTT application is approved – you will be notified electronically



For questions regarding this program, please contact Tre Russell Allen at 415 554 7011 or email

About the ISCOTT Application Process:

SFMTA Application:

Check for Available Dates

The following is a list of available Neighborfest dates.  There are only three slots available each weekend and you must submit a completed Neighborfest Host Application receive a confirmation email confirming your reservation in order to move forward onto the ISCOTT Block Party Street Closure Application process.  Questions? Call or email Tre Russell Allen at  415 554 7011 or

 As of June 13th, we have reserved dates for 34 Neighborfests and have added 9 more dates due to high demand.

Available Neighborfest dates are:

August 11th- 1  

August 18th- 1

August 25th- 1 

Please reserve now or contact for more information. 

Important Deadlines

Neighborfest Block Parties can be hosted Saturdays between August 4th and November 3rd and there are a limit of three (3) Neighborfest slots per Saturday.


Neighborfest application deadlines are as follows:

  • August Neighborfests by June 22nd


There are only forty two slots available this year for Neighborfests, three per weekend, be sure to submit your Neighborfest application to secure your date.

Get Started Now!


The first steps in getting your 2018 Neighborfest planning process up and running are:


  1. Identify your date.

Review the list below of available dates and select the one that works best for you and your team. 

REMEMBER: Date reservations are issued on a first come first serve basis!


  1. Secure your date by submitting your Neighborfest Host Application

Download and complete the Neighborfest Host Application and email it to Tre Russell Allen at ASAP.

REMEMBER: Your ability to reserve a date is contingent to submitting a completed application and receiving an email confirmation.  Questions? Contact Tre Russell Allen at 415 554 7011 or email


  1. Submit your ISCOTT Application.

Once you have received confirmation of your reservation – download the ISCOTT Block Party Street Closure Application and submit it ASAP. 

REMEMBER: Be sure to submit a completed ISCOTT Application. Questions? Contact Nick Chapman at or call him at 415 646 2414.


  1. Download the Neighborfest Host Toolkit and get to work.

REMEMBER: Once you have your Neighborfest date reserved – download the Neighborfest Host Toolkit and start organizing your event.  It may be weeks before your ISCOTT Application makes it through the approval process, so be pro-active and start organizing your team.


More on the Neighborfest

Neighborfest Articles

Read NEN Director Daniel Homsey and  Professor Daniel Aldrich (pictured above)’s joint Neighborfest article on Nextdoor and New Geography!

Your Neighborfest Host Toolkit

The toolkit is designed to create a road map for a successful Neighborfest event. It will help identify your goals and objectives while providing a framework of roles and responsibilities. It offers forms, checklists, and a promotional flier to help you plan and execute your event!
Click the orange download icon below to download the brand new 2017 Neighborfest Host Toolkit!

Neighborfest Report

In summer 2017, the NEN offered community leaders across the city the opportunity to partner with us to host Neighborfest Block Parties in their neighborhoods during the fall.

Click the orange download icon below to download the 2017 Neighborfest Pilot report!

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