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2022 Neighborfest Program

Welcome to the Online Home of the 2022 Neighborfest Program


After close to a three year hiatus, the Neighborfest program is back and better than ever.  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:  Due to the nature of this year’s funding, only residents of Supervisor Districts 2, 7, 8 & 11 are eligible to participate this year. Also there are a limited number of hosting slots available – so apply as soon as possible (details below).


If you are ready to complete the Neighborfest Host Pre-application survey – START HERE.


2022 Neighborfest Program Details

Participant Eligibility:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a resident in Districts 2,7,8 or 11
  • The applicant must be a resident on the block they’re applying to host a block party
  • The street must meet the requirements for a block party permit as determined by the SFMTA. The street should be residential with no more than one lane of traffic in each direction and not impact transit, metered parking, or emergency services and be admission free and open to the neighborhood.


2022 Host Benefits Summary

  • 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…


Application Process Overview:

  • Complete the Pre-Application Survey at least 8-10 weeks before the desired event date
  • Submit a completed Block Party Application at least 6 weeks prior to the event date
    • Create an “event plan” that features an outreach strategy for inviting neighbors, details about activities that will be offered at the event, and a guest safety plan 
    • The street closure must be free and open to the neighborhood, no sale of goods or services is permitted


Application Processing Timeline:

For Any Events In Pre-Application Survey and Application Due By Host Training Session
Late July 2022 June 6, 2022, at 5 PM June 2022
August 2022 June 20, 2022, at 5 PM July 2022
September 2022 July 18, 2022, at 5 PM August 2022
October 2022 August 22, 2022, at 5 PM September 2022


How to To Apply

Please Note:  Due to the nature of this year’s funding, only residents of Supervisor Districts 2, 7, 8 & 11 are eligible to participate this year. Also there are a limited number of hosting slots available – so apply as soon as possible.


Step One – Determine Your Host Eligibility

Please review the following criteria before advancing in the Neighborfest Host Application Process. 

    1. Be at least 18 years of age and a resident of District 2, 7, 8 or 11
    2. Reside at an address that is on the actual block being submitted for closure
    3. The portion/block of the street being submitted for closure meets the City’s street closure permitting process standards which include:
      • Single-day, one-block, residential street closure
      • No impact to transit service and metered parking
      • Non-commercial. No admission fees and no sale of goods or services


REMINDER: Hosts are welcome to reference the SFMTA Street Closure Permitting website for citywide guidance  but DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO THE SFMTA. If you should do so, you will not be reimbursed for any fees associated with the application.


Step Two – Fill Out the Pre-Application Survey

The Pre-Application Survey helps the Livable City Team and local resilience community leaders, assess the eligibility and candidacy of the block party host applicant based on:

    1. Their age and a resident of District 2, 7, 8 or 11
    2. The location of the block party that is consistent with the standards and requirements of the City’s Street permitting process
    3. The applicant’s commitment to advancing the resilience goals in the community 


The Survey is due at least 8-10 weeks before the event date. Upon submission of the Pre-Application you may be contacted by a Livable City Team Member, a representative of the NEN or a local resilience community leader. Personal information disclosed in the survey is only used to assess the applicant’s eligibility.


Access the Pre-Application Survey HERE


Step Three – Identify the Host Committee Leads and Key Event Details

The key to a successful block party is assembling a team and crafting a great event plan. The Neighborfest Host Playbook offers step by step guidance to:

  • Identify a Co-Host and Host Committee Team Members
  • Design a world class Block Party
  • Form Teams to implement your plan
  • Produce your event and make sure everyone has fun and is safe


Step Four – Complete the Online Neighborfest Application

Once the applicant has been approved, they will be provided an invite-only link to submit their block party application at least 6 weeks prior to the event date. The application should include:

    1. The exact location of the street being submitted for closure
    2. The contact information regarding the block party co-hosts
    3. Details of the event plan including;
      • What activities will be offered
      • Special equipment needs 
      • The event safety plan
      • Guest outreach strategy


If you have any questions, please contact:

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

Or attend one of the monthly online new hosts orientation sessions (see links above to register)

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.