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National Night Out 2017 with kids and cop car

The 2020 National Night Out event has been postponed to October 6, 2020. Check back for updates.

National Night Out is an annual community-building event aimed at creating safer, more connected neighborhoods and communities and building police-community partnerships.

Every year, St. Louis Park attends more than 130 citywide gatherings to help support their year-long goals to:

  • Heighten crime prevention awareness
  • Generate support for anti-crime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send the message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Along with the police department, other city departments, including fire and public works, attend as many parties as possible.


Registration forms for the 2020 National Night Out will be available in late summer 2020. Registration forms that are not received by the deadline may not receive requests for street closures, police officer attendance or other visits.

Street closures

Street closures for your party can be requested on your party registration form.

Neighborhood notification

Every household on your block should receive a written invitation that clearly states the location and hours of event as early as possible.

Hosting a party

Below is information and tips on hosting your party. As always, remember to be courteous to your neighbors – do not play loud music and make sure the party is over at a reasonable hour.


Try and keep things simple and recruit your neighbors for:

  • Activities – Plan activities that will include everyone.
  • Kids’ entertainment – Ask older children to plan children’s games and activities.
  • Logistics – Arranging tables, chairs, grills, coolers, utensils, ice, etc.
  • Food – Have a BBQ, potluck or ask everyone to chip in for something.
  • Invitations – Create your own or use the sample invitation
  • Cleanup

Many groups host their party in yards, parks, streets and other locations. If you wish to have your party in the street, make sure to indicate that on your party registration form.

Grills, tables, etc. must be placed to the side of the street to maintain access for emergency vehicles.

Equipment rental

Tables, chairs and public announcement systems are available to rent. Contact operations and recreation at 952.924.2540 for information on fees and availability.

Support our local food shelf

Consider having neighbors bring non-perishable food items, personal care items or gently-used clothes and fill a grocery bag or few for our local food shelf STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program). All donations will be distributed to St. Louis Park individuals and families.

Learn more about STEP and the most needed items on STEP’s website.


Cleanup must be completed as soon as possible – no later than 24 hours after your event.

Garbage, recycling and organics collection


Use your blue-lidded recycling carts. Put extra recycling in cardboard boxes or old recycling totes and set next to your cart. Do not use plastic bags of any kind. Extra recycling is collected at no charge.

As a reminder, plastic utensils and #6 plastic cups (e.g. red party cups) are not recyclable and should be placed in the trash.


If you participate in the organics program you can put food scraps, napkins and certified compostable foodservice items (with BPI logo) in your brown-lidded organics cart. Organics must be bagged. One large compostable bag will be provided to registered parties upon request.

Paper items with designs and grease resistant/leak proof plates have non-compostable coatings and should go in the trash. If you are not sure if your items are certified or want to confirm compostability, call 952.924.2187 or email


The city will provide registered parties with two “extra garbage” stickers to accommodate excess trash from parties. Put one sticker on each extra garbage bag and place it out on your next collection day.


Contact St. Louis Park Community Outreach Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at: