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Block Parties

The Aurora Block Party program is closed for the season. Please check back in 2022 for more information.

Contact Meg Allen with questions at mkallen@auroragov.org.


Block parties are a wonderful way to create better relationships with your neighbors and create a stronger-knit community.

Block party permits are only required if neighbors want to block off the city street with barricades for a neighborhood event. Permit applications need to be submitted at least 14 days before your party so staff can review your request and work with you to make any required changes. Street barricades will be made available free of charge to approved applicants to ensure parties can be held safely and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a limited amount of barricades available each week.

Block party permits are not intended for private parties or events related to political affiliations, commercial or religious organizations, or for neighbors who host a party on their private property.

A Temporary Use Permit is required if the event organizer does not reside on the block where the party will occur and/or if food or merchandise vendors are present at the event.

Groups who want to hold an event at a city park can request a permit by emailing parkpermits@auroragov.org.

For more information, please contact your neighborhood liaison. To find your designated neighborhood liaison, visit the Property Information page and type in your address; the contact information should populate under the My Neighborhood tab.



Successful Block Party Ideas

  • Get everyone involved. Ask your neighbors to join in on the planning. They will provide great suggestions for the block party.
  • Help get the word out on the block. Build up interest by handing out flyers and recruit people to help get the block party set up.
  • Get the word out early. Advertise early and often. Give your neighbors adequate notice so they can schedule their activities around this date.
  • Tell your neighbors the kind of planned activities on the flyer to make it exciting and spark their interest, such as free food, face painting, bicycle rodeo, sidewalk chalk painting, and raffles.
  • Invite a representative from the police and get to know your Police Area Representative (PAR). Invite your ward council member. This may be a great opportunity to start a Neighborhood Watch group. Your Police Area Representative can help. Contact information for these individuals can be found on the Property Information page.
  • Solicit donations from local businesses. This is their chance to make their advertising dollars work for them. Goodwill goes a long way. Many businesses are willing to provide gift certificates, donate store items that can be raffled, offer coupons for refreshments.
  • Create a block map. Make a master copy of your block map for everyone on your block to collect contact information so neighbors can keep in touch. Find out about the talents and resources of the neighbors on your block.

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How to organize your own block party

Block parties are great fun and a terrific way of getting to know your neighbors. Block parties have been recognized as a very positive and powerful way for people to connect on their blocks to build stronger, healthier, and more cohesive communities. One of the most important things to remember when organizing a block party is that it should be visible. The best way to do that is by closing off the street to traffic and having it in the street or having the party in someone's front yard or a series of front yards.

Tips for Getting Started

  • Start talking to your neighbors about having a block party.
  • Canvass the block and find one to two other people to help you. Kids are great resources!
  • Have a planning meeting with others who are interested.
  • Choose a date, time, and place.
  • Create a flyer.
  • Determine if your city or county requires permits, insurance, barricades, notification of police, etc.
  • Identify volunteers to pick up permits, barricades, food, etc.
  • Invite PAR officers, city council representatives, county commissioners, and/or other elected officials.

Recommendations for a Successful Block Party

  • Choose a shady spot in the street.
  • Have a barbeque; potlucks are great, too!
  • Have games with prizes for children and adults, i.e., chalk art is great to draw in the street.
  • Feature entertainment by residents.
  • Take lots of pictures.
  • Have sign-in sheets for participants.

Potential Costs

  • Food and beverages
  • Entertainment and decorations
  • Games
  • Fundraising Ideas
  • Take up a collection on your block.
  • Ask area businesses and supermarkets to contribute.

Quick Tips to Remember

  • Permits are not intended for private parties (birthdays, graduations, etc.) or events related to political affiliations, commercial or religious organizations
  • Don't organize a party alone. Instead, ask a few neighbors for suggestions and tell them how they can help with as little as one hour of their time for delivering flyers or party set-up/clean-up.
  • Advertise early and often; give people the opportunity to schedule their other activities around the date.
  • Announce there will be free stuff - food, music, face painting, prizes - to help boost attendance.
  • Visit the businesses in your neighborhood to ask for donations. For example, grocery stores often give free food or supplies.
  • Have a few small but nice door prizes from local stores, restaurants, theaters and flower shops.
  • Invite neighborhood kids to help plan the party. They can provide information on what kids want to do, what they'd enjoy eating, and what they can contribute to the event.
  • Take pictures.
  • Have a party theme to make the party memorable.

Block party with games and crafts Block party with kids and silly balloons
Block party and enjoying some food time Block party with musics
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