Neighbour Day

Saturday, June 18 2022 Neighbour Day

Strong neighbourhoods are important to the health and well-being of our whole city. When neighbourhoods thrive, the people who live there thrive too.

Neighbour Day started in June 2014 to celebrate the incredible outpouring of support and generosity neighbours demonstrated after the 2013 floods. We want to continue to celebrate one of the things that makes Calgary such a great city — our strong and caring communities.

Neighbour Day now provides the opportunity for Calgarians to celebrate our community spirit, kindness and resilience through the pandemic.

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What’s new this year?


We want to help you create an incredible Neighbour Day this year! Whether you are considering a smaller get-together or planning a larger gathering, below are some resources to help you plan events in your community.

Ideas for your neighbourhood event


Reach out to your neighbours to help plan your event details, such as:

  • Organize a block party (see our Block Party Guide)
  • Invite a group of neighbours for a backyard or driveway get-together
  • Plan an event for you and your neighbours by applying for one of the two permits below
 
  • Organize a BBQ or meal
  • Set up a neighbourhood scavenger hunt
  • Go for a walk in small groups to explore your neighbourhood and local parks
  • Organize a small community clean-up using our TLC Kits
  • Or use your creativity and try something new! 

Share your experience with us through social media by using #yycNeighbourDay.

Invite Mayor Jyoti Gondek or your councillor, or request a fire engine for your event

Request an appearance by sending us:

  • Date, time and virtual event link/location
  • Estimated number of attendees
  • Type of event
  • Neighbourhood name
  • Contact information

We will do our best to accommodate all invitations, but we cannot guarantee specific attendance at this time. You will receive a response to your invitation prior to the event.

Resources to plan your event


Greenspace Permit

Special events in parks and greenspaces requires additional authorization by City staff due to its potential impact on greenspaces. Greenspace permits do not apply to any events that include:

  • Fireworks, open flame or other pyrotechnics
  • Tents, stages and/or other structures exceed a combined 600 square feet
  • Alcohol sales or service
  • Use of roadways 

To apply for your free Neighbour Day greenspace permit please apply here. Please make sure to select Neighbour Day as the event type to ensure your free permit. Free permits are only available until May 29, 2022. Free permits are only available for Neighbor Day events that take place on June 18, 2022.

Normally, Green Space permit processing time are between 6 - 8 weeks. To ensure that your permit request is processed, please apply before May 29, 2022.

Block Party and Street Play Permit

Plan a block party to celebrate Neighour Day. A block party or play street is a citizen- initiated event held on a city street within a specific block in a community for entertainment purposes. The following regulations apply for permits:

  • The block used must be occupied predominately by owner/residents.
  • Block parties may occur between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. only.
  • The permit holder must remain at the event until its conclusion.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the city right-of-way.
  • No open fires are permitted in the city right-of-way
  • The permit holder must obtain and place barricades to safely close the road during the event.
  • Citizens will be able to pick up barricades, free of charge from Spring Gardens Building G (840 32 Ave. N.E.) between Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17 between 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. You will be required to bring your permit and have a phone number to pick up the barricades. Returning of the barricades will be the following week Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 between 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.

    Charges will apply if you do not return the barricades. The permit holder will be charged for the time spent to retrieve the barricades.

To apply for your free Neighbour Day block party or street play permit please apply here. These permits require additional time to authorize. Please ensure that you apply for your permit by May 29, 2022 to allow time to process the permit. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Block Party Guide.

Public Neighbour Day events


Stay tuned for events as they become available. 

Decorate your home​​​

Gather your family to decorate your yard, balcony, door or window in red and white using lights, balloons and crafts. Leave your decorations up for Canada Day to showcase your pride for our country. Resources for decorating:

 

Activities for Neighbour Day


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