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2022 Neighborfest Host Application and Support Center

Welcome to the 2022 Neighborfest Host Support Center


Congratulations on being selected to host a Neighborfest Block Party.  Thanks to funding provided by Supervisors Mandelman, Melgar, Safai and Stefani, the program has been updated and now provides participants with the largest suite of benefits and resources to date.  Below are updates and details about the 2022 Neighborfest Season. 


Please Note:  If you have reached this page and NOT have completed the 2022 Neighborfest Pre-Application Survey – then please do not proceed with completing the application below and contact Daniel.Homsey@SFGOV.org or neighborfest@livablecity.org for assistance. 


If you are ready to complete the Neighborfest Host Application Survey – START HERE.


2022 Neighborfest Program Details


Once again, congratulations on being approved to host a Neighborfest Block Party and will experience the following benefits:

  • Zero cost to hosts for street closure and sound permits
  • Street closure barricades
  • Liability insurance 
  • Guest registration door prizes
  • Door hangers for outreach
  • A Playbook to guide the Host Committee’s planning activities
  • Live online orientation and host support workshops
  • A dedicated program manager that provides end to end support for the application and event production process
  • And more…


Now its time to start having fun and organizing your event.  So far you have verified the following:

  • You are over 18 years of age
  • You are a resident in Districts 2,7,8 or 11
  • You reside on the block that is being submitted as the location of the block party
  • To the best of you knowledge, the street meets the requirements for a block party permit as determined by the SFMTA in that it is a residential block with no more than one lane of traffic in each direction and its closure will not impact transit, metered parking, or emergency services and be admission free and open to the neighborhood.
    • NOTE: The final determination of your block’s eligibility will be made by the SFMTA during the permit review process which occurs once you have completed the Neighborfest Host Application.


Application Process Overview:


Step 1: Complete the Neighborfest Host Pre-Application Survey – if you have received the link to this page you have completed this step already

    • NOTE: If you have NOT completed the 2022 Neighborfest Pre-Application Survey – then please do not proceed with completing the application below and contact Daniel.Homsey@SFGOV.org or neighborfest@livablecity.org for assistance. 


Step 2: Submit a completed Block Party Application at least 6 weeks prior to the event date that includes the following:

      • Your name and contact information and that of your co-host
      • The location, date and hours of your Neighborfest
      • Event details such as the types of activities, food service and entertainment you plan to provide your guests
      • The outreach strategy you plan to use to for inviting your neighbors
      • Please remember the following:
        • The street closure must be free and open to the neighborhood, no sale of goods or services is permitted
        • You must maintain a 14 foot wide open lane through your event for emergency response vehicles and neighbors cars trying to access their driveway
        • There are strict guidelines regarding allowable activities and food.  Please carefully read the guidance in the survey regarding these event details to ensure that you will not need to secure additional permits which are not covered by this program and are the hosts responsibility
      • Ok – you are all set – start filling out your Host Application


Application Processing Timeline:

For Events In Application Due By
Late July 2022 June 6, 2022, at 5 PM
August 2022 June 20, 2022, at 5 PM
September 2022 July 18, 2022, at 5 PM
October 2022 August 22, 2022, at 5 PM


Step 3: Convene your host committee and use the Neighborfest Host Playbook to continue planning your event and assembling teams to implement your strategy

The Neighborfest Program Team has created an easy to use Host Playbook that offers users a suite of valuable tools, resources and guidances for producing a fun, safe and positive event for everyone.  Take a moment and download a copy of the The 2022 Neighborfest Host Playbook .


Step 4: Join the Neighborfest Community and get the help and ideas you need for success

  • Planning a block party can be a lot of fun, but sometimes people have questions or are looking for ideas.  The Neighborfest Program Management Team will be hosting monthly planning workshops that you are welcome to attend (see dates / times & links below)


  • If you need help right away feel free to contact your support lead at neighborfest@livablecity.org


Stay tuned for more updates and resources, either on this page or in your inbox and again… congratulations.


If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Daniel Homsey at daniel.homsey@sfgov.org
  • Livable City at neighborfest@livablecity.org
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