The 2017 Neighborfest was a huge success!


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

The 2017 Neighborfest Program offered Host Committees an end-to-end experience that empowered them to pull off the best block party their neighbors have ever attended. From providing a customized toolkit offering step-by-step instructions, a free, no-hassle permitting process and a bin of disaster supplies for your block – this year’s Neighborfest program was the ultimate resource for building stronger, more connected communities.

Neighborfest Updates:

Nextdoor, the nation’s largest social media platform for neighborhoods, has published an article on 2017’s Neighborfest. Co-authored by Professor Daniel P. Aldrich, world-renowned expert on community disaster resilience, and NEN Director Daniel Homsey, it outlines the powerful impact the program has on the short and long term resilience of a community.


Mayor Ed Lee announced Neighborfest at the Sept. 12th, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting as part of the City’s strategy to prepare our communities for times of stress.

A special thanks to our fiscal sponsors:


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

Eligible Hosts are 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.

Your 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 below for the brand new 2017 Neighborfest Host Toolkit

Neighborfest Host Toolkit
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.

Click below for more information.

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