Planning a National Night Out gathering?

Register event now, apply by July 23 to block off street for free

The 37th annual Minneapolis National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6. For people planning a neighborhood gathering, there are important deadlines for registering their events with the City and for blocking off their streets or alleys. It is free to participate in National Night Out. Last year more than 1,600 events registered with the City.

Registering a National Night Out event and applying to close a street or alley is a single online process. People can also register their events and apply for street closure by calling 311. Registration places events on the official list of National Night Out events that gets distributed to police and other departments. Dozens of teams of officers, supervisors and command staff attend as many events as possible.

Deadlines to apply for street or alley closure

Notes: Not every street can be blocked off. Generally, bus routes and high traffic streets cannot be used for block events. Street closure requires the permission of 75 percent of neighbors; applicants should keep their names and addresses handy in case the permit application needs to be reviewed. Signatures are not required.

Rain plans are encouraged; organizers should decide if their event will go forward if it rains or be rescheduled. Anyone applying to close the street will have a rain date of Wednesday, Aug. 7, unless they decline it during the application. If they aren’t closing the street, they can choose any rain date that works for their group.

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors to prevent crime. It's a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.

Find out more about National Night Out at

July 16, 2019

Published Jul 16, 2019



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