National Night Out – August 3

Make it a night to remember!

A casual potluck or happy hour is a great way to meet neighbors and reconnect after a long year of distancing and isolation. But if you want to make your 2021 National Night Out a night to remember, here are some recommendations from Luther Krueger, the event coordinator for the city of Minneapolis. 

Here is a sampling of real activities people have included in their NNO events over the last 30 years:

Food and beverages

  • S’mores!
  • Potluck food
  • Sundae bar
  • Had everyone to bring a dish and a story
  • Taco bar
  • Order pizza and make it easy!
  • Potluck with assigned food groups by last name

Art and entertainment

  • Pet parade
  • Art stand
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Tie dye demonstration
  • Temporary tattoos for kids
  • Face-painting (of course!) for kiddos

Sports, contests and events

  • ¡piñata!
  • Dancing
  • Water balloon volleyball
  • Made a bicycle “obstacle course” with street-chalk paint
  • Hula hoop game
  • Bean bag toss
  • Croquet on a side lawn
  • Bike and scooter race
  • Badminton
  • Frisbee®


  • Giant bubbles
  • Our block created a “Museum” for residents. Everyone could hang up a picture of themselves on a clothesline with their brief written story
  • Neighbors bring their collections … of butterflies, campaign buttons, squeaky toys 🙂
  • Youth DJ
  • Giant slide
  • Wading pool

Games and trivia

  • Worst Joke contest (we all LOL’d!)
  • Streetwide scrabble
  • Get to know your neighbor game
  • Block-wide scavenger hunt
  • Family crest drawing contest
  • Cupcake walk
  • Minneapolis trivia contest
  • Life-size Jenga game!
  • “Guess how many pennies are in this bag”
  • Bingo

Sharing: Skills, items and knowledge

  • Book collection for “Little Library”
  • Set up a skill-bartering contact list!
  • Book swap
  • White elephant gift exchange
  • Worm composting workshop
  • Garden produce exchange
  • Bicycle maintenance workshop
  • Toy swap/hand-me-downs & hoist ’em ups!
  • Learned about Somalia from our newest neighbor