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Year of the Block Party

We want to help you meet your neighbors! We believe life is better when you are connected to your home community, and block parties are a great chance to say hi, enjoy the nice weather together, and have fun on your street!

Beyond fun, the need is also real: Resilient Cambridge is the City's plan to make the city more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of climate change while improving the quality of life and enhancing the city. One of the four components of the plan is Closer Neighborhoods: “Success will depend on the strength and resilience of our social networks: family, friends, and neighbors….” Knowing your neighbors allows you to help and be helped, whether in an emergency or with daily life.


We have volunteers from throughout Cambridgeport who are planning to host block parties throughout this spring, summer, and fall. The CNA will provide tools and resources to support these efforts. 

How can the CNA help?
Block parties are independently run, and you are in charge of your own event.
However, we want to support you and are here to help make it happen! 


Cambridge Block Party permit process


Crowdsourced checklist

A temporary email address for advertising


Meet new people! We can include your party on this page, social media, and our listserv.

Grant Funding

CNA Grants: Click here to apply for reimbursement of up to $200 in block party expenses. 

City Grants: Click here to apply for $200 from the City of Cambridge.

Preferred Vendors

We are working with local businesses to provide discounts for block parties. The list is short but growing!

To see it or to suggest a vendor, email us.


Need a hand with anything? Let us know! We'll help you directly, connect you with neighbors, and/or put out a call for volunteers. 

Email us.

Reusable Materials

The CNA has a collection of little things (chalk, bubbles, etc) and can buy more to share. (Email us.)

The City has Play Streets - apply here.

Partner with History Cambridge

Curious about the history of your street?

Invite History Cambridge to your block party!

We'll bring historical maps, "old stuff" that you can touch and smell, and craft activities for kids - for free! 


Tell us what you know about the neighborhood, and we'll tell you what we know. Let's work together to share all the stories of Cambridge! Email History Cambridge.

Don't see what you need? Email us and ask about it. We'll see what we can do.

Party Map

Get ready to party!

Check out our map, and over over the location to see date and contact info.

Email us to get your party added or to update details. 

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