National Night Out - An annual party across Multnomah County

Mayor Charlie Hales at National Night Out - City of Portland photo

In early August for the last 30 years, communities and neighborhoods have been getting together to meet, celebrate, and have fun as part of the National Night Out celebrations. These events were started to promote safe neighborhoods and crime prevention initiatives by solidifying partnerships between law enforcement and communities. These events are generally free and family-friendly. A continuing feature of local celebrations is that groups can request to have police officers and firefighters show up at their party. And who knows, your neighborhood could throw a party and maybe even the Mayor will show up!

I know my neighborhood party will have grills and hot dogs and some games for the kids, but each party is a little bit different. Some are small affairs with a handful of neighbors potlucking, while others occupy the better part of a city park. Thinking of planning your own party? The Office of Neighborhood Involvement in Portland has a variety of National Night Out party planning resources to help you get started that should assist planning for everything from a small potluck picnic with chalk out for the kids to a big bash with a live band that shuts down the street. The message from the experts is to start early--it's not too early to plan for next year! 

The official date of National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August, but there are so many parties happening in Multnomah County, they can't all take place on the same day. The City of Portland compiles a list of parties submitted to them for publicizing. Check out the Find a party link to find events in Portland. In Gresham, call 503-618-2567 to find out where there's a party near you and in Troutdale call 503-665-6129. Learn more about Fairview's party on their National Night Out web page

We've compiled a list of books to get you planning your party, meeting your neighbors and thinking about community. See our picks for National Night Out celebrations. 

You might see your Library at a National Night Out party. We can't hit all the parties (we'd be so tired!), but where you see us, you can guarantee that we'll be talking about all the great books, services, and resources the Library can provide to you.  Here are the neighborhood parties where you'll see us and the libraries sending staff to attend:

Albina/Killingsworth - Tuesday, August 5th, 4:00-8:00PM
N Killingsworth Ct and Borthwick Ave
North Portland and Abina Library staff
Cully - Tuesday, August 5, 5:00-8:00PM
Baltazar F. Ortiz Community Center, 6736 NE Killingsworth St
Gregory Heights Library staff
Fairview Night Out - Tuesday, August 5, 5:00-8:00PM
Community Park, 21600 NE Park LaneFairview
Fairview Library staff
Foster-Powell Night Out - Tuesday, August 5, 6:30 - 8:30PM 
Kern Park, SE 67th Ave & Center St
Holgate Library staff
Hollywood - Tuesday, August 5, 4:00-8:00PM
4400 NE Broadway St
Hollywood Library staff
New Columbia - Tuesday, August 5, 6:00-8:00PM
McCoy Park, 9298 N Woolsey Ave
St. Johns and Kenton Library staff
Stephen's Creek Crossing, Hillsdale - Tuesday, August 5, 4:00-7:00PM
6719 SW 26th Ave
Hillsdale Library staff
Peninsula Park, Piedmont  - Wednesday, August 6, 5:30-8:30PM
700 N Rosa Parks Way
North Portland Library staff
East County/Rockwood - Thursday, August 7, 6:00-8:00PM
Rosewood Initiative, 162nd and Stark St
Gresham and Rockwood library staff
Downtown - Friday, August 8, 6:00-8:00PM
South Park Blocks between SW Harrison St and SW Montgomery St
Central Library staff


What a great resource! Wanted to do this for years, but was overwhelmed. Thanks practical guide.
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