A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

Evelyn Fest Block Party


We are not issuing permits for block parties at this time in accordance with the Alameda County Public Health Department's  Shelter-in-Place Guidelines.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Host a block party and get to know your neighbors. When neighbors interact and connect, neighborhoods become safer!

Plan a Block Party or Block Movie Night:
1. Fill out and submit an application
2. Staff will review your request and either approve or deny* your request within 4 business days.

3. If your request is approved, you must obtain signatures from a majority (more than 50%) of your neighbors on the Neighbor Petition (see links below). Submit the completed petition to the Recreation & Community Services Department along with required fees:

Block Party:
Application & Barricades (drop-off/pick-up): $40**
Insurance: $184.80 
Block Party - Application
Block Party - Neighbor Petition
Block Party - Insurance Form
For additional information on Block Parties, please contact Brennen Brown at 1 + (510) 559-7222.

Block Movie Night (above fees are waived):
Deposit/Staff Time: $100 + film license ($150 - $400 depending on film selection)
Block Movie - Application
Block Movie - Neighbor Petition
For additional information on Block Movie Nights, please contact Brennen Brown at 1 + (510) 559-7222.

Barricades: You are required to block your street off with City of Albany barricades. These will be delivered to your street by 5 pm on the Friday prior to your event and picked up on the Monday following your event by Noon.

Bounce Houses: The City of Albany requires that bounce houses be placed on private property (e.g. front lawn or driveway) to allow street access for emergency vehicles.

*Unfortunately the City of Albany does not allow street closures on all blocks due to safety and traffic considerations. 

**Invite the Fire Department to host a Disaster Preparedness training and receive 50% off the application/barricade fee.

Ideas for your next block party:
  • Make it a theme party
  • Have a costume contest (invite pets to participate)
  • Pie contest or better yet a pie eating contest
  • Clothing swap, toy swap, sports equipment swap
  • Live music (i.e. is anyone on your block musically-inclined?)  
  • Bike races in the street - mark off a course with chalk
  • Water balloon toss
  • Create an outdoor photo booth
  • Start a babysitting cooperative
  • Make it a Block Movie Night and show a movie of your choice on a 12' screen
  • Take the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and do a short presentation for your neighbors
  • Disaster Preparedness Training - do you and your neighbors know what to do in the event of a disaster? Invite the Albany Fire Department to your event to perform a disaster preparedness training and receive a 50% discount on the application/barricade fee. Trainings are subject to availability.
Other Tips:
  • Recruit - invite other neighbors to help with the planning and organizing
  • Nominate a few neighbors to be in charge of clean-up
  • BYO - ask people to bring their own plate, cup, utensils, something to throw on the grill, chair
  • Collect money ahead of time - ask for contributions while you are collecting signatures for the Neighbor Petition.
  • Start a block map - collect names of everyone that lives in the house (including children), pet names, profession/special training (is anyone a nurse, doctor, veterinarian, certified in CPR/1st Aid), location of emergency gas shut-off valve.
  • Start a Neighborhood Watch group.
  • Name tags - believe us...they help!