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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

Thank you for your interest in the Neighborfest Program.

2018 Neighborfest dates have all been reserved.

Read below learn about how we support our Neighborfest Block Party Hosts and email to be added to our early-bird registration list for 2019.


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.

Thank you for your interest in the Neighborfest Program.

The 2018 Neighborfest program has filled its available dates.

Email to be placed on the 2019 Early Bird Neighborfest Invitation List. 

2018 Neighborfest Partners & Sponsors


Neighborfest Host Tips & FAQ’s

Create your event plan

The Neighborfest team has created a customized toolkit that provides you with a myriad of resources that will help you accomplish the following:

  • Assemble a great team of neighbors and delegate roles and responsibilities
  • Create an event plan that covers

o   Food and Beverage

o   Entertainment

o   Guest services

  • Marketing your event
  • Creating a budget
  • Track your activities as you count down to your big day
  • Forms – such as sign in sheet / equipment check lists



  • Securing the SF Firefighters at your event:

o   At least three weeks in advance, go to this link and follow the guidelines for submitting a Fire Department Request Form.

o   If you have any questions, please email

  • Potluck and BBQs: You do not need a permit from the Department of Public Health for a potluck or BBQ if you’re only serving your neighbors.

o   If you use a BBQ, locate it 20 at least feet from cars and have a fire extinguisher on hand.

  • Securing A-Frame Sandwich Barricades:

o   To reserve your free A-Frame Sandwich Barricades email Jimmer Cassiol at two weeks in advance. It is your responsibility to pick up the A-Frames prior to your block party.

  • Securing SF Police at your event:

o   The SF Police Department is notified by the Neighborfest Program Team about all block parties and will schedule a visit by a sector car if available. If you’d prefer that police do not attend your event, contact They may come on their own initiative.

  • Door Hangers

o   The NEN provides you with Neighborfest door hangers, roughly 2 weeks, in advance of your block party. We deliver them to the Neighborfest host address on file. Contact if you need them delivered to another address or on another date.

  • Securing Temporary Signage to clear the street of cars
    • If you want to eliminate cars altogether from your street for your block party, apply for a Temporary Tow-Away Sign here two weeks in advance. Fees are the responsibility of the block party host.
    • Alternatively, click the link here for a friendly invitation to neighbors to join the block party and move their cars.
  • Securing Temporary Garbage Bins and disaster supplies courtesy of Recology
    • Recology will drop off temporary bins for garbage, recycle and compost.
    • Rosie Dilger will coordinate with you in regards to the date, time and location of drop off.
    • After your block party, put the bins out on your regular trash pick-up day.
    • Securing Disaster Supply Bin/Flashlight crank radio: As a first-time Neighborfest host, you are eligible to receive a large red bin with disaster response supplies – courtesy of Recology. The bin will be dropped off in the days before your event. Repeat hosts will receive a hand crank radio.
  • Amplified Sound: If you plan to have amplified sound at your Neighborfest block party and indicated that on your ISCOTT Application, then the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) will apply for the One Time Outdoor Amplified Sound Permit on your behalf. Once the application is reviewed and adjudicated by the Entertainment Commission, I’ll communicate to you the outcome.A huge thank you to the Entertainment Commission for partnering with the NEN to provide added benefits to the Neighborfest Program.

o   Once the ISCOTT Application is approved, email the ISCOTT Approval to

o   If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Crystal Stewart.

  • Summary

o   Assemble your team, create a plan and publicize your block party at least four weeks out

o   Contact SF Fire Dept three weeks out

o   Reserve A-frame sandwich barricades two weeks out

o   Receive door hangers two weeks out

o   Apply for Temporary Signage to clear street of cars (optional) two weeks out

o   Recology will coordinate with the block party host 10 days out to drop off red disaster bins/hand crank radio

o   Apply for amplified sound permit (if necessary) 10 days out

Neighborfest Team Event Requirements:

  • We will need space for 1-2 tables for Neighborfest staff to run the “Map Your Resilientville” activity and answer questions from neighbors about City programs and services.

Thank you again for putting so much energy and heart into your Neighborfest block party. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

As always, we’d like to thank our program partners:

  • SF Police Department
  • SF Fire Department
  • SF Municipal Transportation Agency
  • SF Department of Public Works
  • SF Department of Emergency Management
  • The City Administrator’s Office
  • Recology

The NEN Neighborfest Team

P: 415-554-7011

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:

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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!

Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.