HOA community events foster engagement between residents, board members, and other people of your neighborhood. These events encourage everyone to communally celebrate the place they call home through fun activities, great food, and better company.
From IKO Community Management in Olney, Maryland, here's a list of great event ideas for your homeowners association to bring your neighbors together this summer:
Summer Block Party. A summer block party is a community-focused way to bring everyone together under the sunshine. Send out invitations (and include a rain date because summer thunderstorms are unpredictable). Use lawn chairs to block off an area of a centrally located street, and set up music and lawn games like cornhole, Spikeball, KanJam, and bocce.
Ask each resident to bring a dish to share, and if the HOA provides paper plates and cups, this affordable summertime potluck-style shindig is ready to go!
Outdoor Movie Nights. According to Front Steps, a resident engagement software platform, “HOA Leader cautions that you may need to pay a licensing fee to screen the movie, but with popcorn and...other food vendors, this [is] a popular family-friendly event if you have the right space.”
Invite families and friends to sit picnic-style on blankets with movie candy and snacks while the homeowners association screens neighborhood-themed movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Over The Hedge on a blow-up theater.
Garage Sales. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to stop after May. Declutter your neighborhood, house by house, with a community-wide garage sale. Pick a date, gather the required permits, and send out a notice in the community newsletter or on social media.
Be sure to include a list of what can and can’t be sold, such as books, clothes, toys, cooking supplies, and more. This helps residents get on the same page and avoids unexpected selling surprises.
Ice Cream Socials. Ice cream and summer go together like cookies and Christmas. Instead of your residents paying the ice cream truck during adult swim at the community pool, host an ice cream social! This crowd-pleasing event gives residents the opportunity to mingle while indulging in free scoops provided by your homeowners association.
For residents who are lactose-intolerant or vegan and for those who don’t like ice cream, provide popsicles or other non-dairy dessert.
Kitchen Competitions. Cooking and baking competition shows are huge right now, so why not bring the fun to your HOA community? If you have a clubhouse with a full kitchen, set up a bake-off or cook-off between your residents. This friendly competition is a great way to promote community harmony.
Summer Camp. Who said summer camp is for only kids? Set up a weeklong camp for older residents who are interested in sewing, books, yoga, and other low-cost activities. Ask around for volunteers to lead the camps, and get a sign-up sheet started to determine supplies and available meeting times and space.
If you have a large amount of volunteers, set up a summer camp for kids, too. Popular low-cost activities include swimming, soccer, crafting, coding, and more.
Community Bonfire. Most residents are happiest when they’re relaxing with good company and even better food. For IKO Community Management, this translates to a community bonfire with s’mores and hot dogs. As kids run around to catch fireflies, adults sit back and chat. Bonfires are an awesome community event that creates community harmony without bursting the HOA budget.
For more information on how to plan HOA community events, click on the button below to download IKO Community Management’s Guide To Hosting Summer Events In Your HOA: