The NEN’s Neighborfest Program Returns for a 3rd Year

Bigger, Better, and more FUN!

Neighborfest Application Period: May 1 – June 1, 2017

Living in one of San Francisco’s neighborhoods is a source of great pride for residents and there is no better way to celebrate than to bring neighbors together and have a block party!

That’s why the NEN created Neighborfest.

The 2017 Neighborfest Program offers Host Committees an end-to-end experience that empowers them to pull off the best block party their neighbors have ever attended. From a customized toolkit that offers step-by-step instructions to a no-cost permitting process to receiving a bin of disaster supplies for your block – this year’s Neighborfest program is the ultimate resource for building a stronger, more connected community.

To throw a block party, download, complete and submit, by 5:00 pm, June 1, 2017, the Neighborfest Application Form, and SFMTA Block Party Application Form.

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A special thanks to our fiscal sponsors:


The application window to be a Neighborfest Host (see eligibility requirements below) is from May 1st to June 1st 2017.

The ISCOTT hearing for Neighborfest/Block Party permit applications is on June 8th.

Neighborfest Block Parties can be hosted between August 1st and November 1st.

Who is eligible?

Active members of the following networks:

What does a Host Committee receive?

1. The Neighborfest Host Toolkit that provides step-by-step instructions on how to organize your Host Committee and the forms and check list you need to pull off a great event.

2. No permitting costs – if you participate in the application process in a timely manner, you’ll have the fees usually charged for street closure paid on your behalf.

3. A “Big Red Bin” of disaster supplies for your block to use during times of stress.

4. Streamlined access to tools, resources and advice on how to run a great event.

5. The support from the Neighborfest Team who will attend your event and share information on how to make your neighborhood safer and better informed about essential programs and resources.

How to Apply

1. Download the Neighborfest Application AND the SFMTA Block Party Applications

Neighborfest ApplicationSFMTA Block Party Application

2. Complete them in their entirety (don’t forget the Map of your event with the SFMTA Application) and choose a method of submission:

Email them to Daniel Homsey at


Fax them to 415-554-4849 and notify that they need to be picked up


Drop them off at the City Administrator’s Office, room 362 at City Hall – attn: Daniel Homsey

Complete and submit your applications by 5:00 pm on June 1st, 2017.

3. Once permit issuance confirmation is secured, download the Neighborfest Host Toolkit and get to work!

Neighborfest Toolkit

4. Take advantage of the Neighborfest tips and resources, like requesting a fire truck at your Block Party.

SF Fire Truck Request Form



2016 Neighborfest Recap

In summer 2016, 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.

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2016 Neighborfest Report

“Throwing a block party helped increase neighborhood resilience! I saw people exchanging telephone numbers saying, “If anything happens, now I can get ahold of you.” Now neighbors have someone to rely on.”

2016 Neighborfest Host

“We liked doing the block party and would do it again. We met neighbors we hadn’t met before. We liked the sense of community it brought out in people.”

2016 Neighborfest Host

Neighborfest artwork by Sirron Norris

Neighborfest Partners