• The Neighborfest Program has been suspended until further notice. 

Welcome to Neighborfest!

The City of Santa Rosa's Office of Community Engagement, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, and the United Way of the Wine Country, is excited to announce the launch of the Neighborfest Pilot Program!

Neighborfest is part of the Resilient Neighborhoods Network (RN2) - a community powered framework for resilience and engagement modeled after San Francisco's Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Whole Community concept of preparedness as a shared responsibility. The goal of RN2 is to increase resilience through preparedness by building social connections and creating a sense of place and belonging, as well as building an initiative that supports collective action.

To learn more about Neighborfest, please read the Media Release and the Pilot Program Final Report.
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What is a Neighborfest?

A Neighborfest is a locally organized gathering, also known as a block party, that offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, and build a stronger, more connected community. Check out this news clip from the Pilot Program:

Why Neighborfest?

Neighborfest aims to strengthen social cohesion or connectedness, resilience and to prepare neighborhoods for disasters. Research has shown that the more connected neighbors are to each other, the stronger their resilience is after an emergency.

The Pilot Program

The Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Community Advisory Board, community partners, and volunteers, launched the Neighborfest Pilot Program in eight (8) neighborhoods throughout Santa Rosa. These events took place from June through August 2019. For more information about the Pilot Program, please see the final report below.

Neighborfest Materials for Participating Neighborhoods

If you are holding a Neighborfest in your neighborhood, please check out these useful materials:

If you have additional questions or cannot find what you are looking for, please email the Office of Community Engagement.
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