Night Out

Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

Night Out is August 6, 2019

Get Ready for Night Out!

    1. Register for the event
      To participate in Night Out and to have your street closed for the event, you must officially register your Night Out event with the City of Seattle.

      Registration is open until 5:00PM Sunday August 5, 2019

    2. Put your event on the map
      Using this form will place your event on a citywide map that other people can view to see the Night Out events around town. Adding your event to the map does not mean you are registered. It may take up to 24 hours for your event to appear on the map. Please keep in mind:

      • Information you provide on the map will be public, including your contact information.
      • Adding your event to the map may increase the amount of media coverage and third party representatives of groups, elected officials and organizations visiting your event.

    3. View the map
      Even if you don't put your own party on the map, you can see where other Night Out parties are going on around town. 


    4. Download Materials
      The Night Out website has Invites, Street Closure signs and Night Out logos you can download and use for your event.


Frequently Asked Questions

Night Out is a national event promoted in Seattle by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

You will receive a confirmation email with the event details you submitted after you fill out the form. This means you have registered.

You can use this map to see which precinct you are in.

Yes, anyone can host or participate in Night Out!

STREET: You can hold an event in the street if it is NOT an arterial street (hint: they have a painted center line) and you do not close the intersection.  Please keep in mind that these are not hard closures, you still must require local traffic to pass through. Please indicate on the registration the street name and block number (i.e. 3400 block of Main Street).

YARD: If you live on an arterial or would prefer not to restrict through traffic, you can always host in your front or back yard. Please ensure that the sidewalk is clear at all times. 

PARK:  If you live on an arterial or would prefer to host your event in the park, you can either reserve a picnic site, or just drop in and use whatever space is available. 

COMMON SPACE: If your complex has a common space such as a recreation room, roof terrace, or even common driveway, you can hold your Night Out event there. 

No. The City of Seattle will not assess a fee for Night Out participants.

In order to keep participants safe in the street, it is important to adhere to the safety guidelines below.  Please carefully review: 

  • Never block the intersection
  • Feel free to use the entire block or just a portion.  If you only close a portion of the block, let drivers know with a sign at the intersection so they don't have to turn around mid-block

Description of how a street should be closed.

  • Hosts are required to provide their own barricades at each end of the closure.  These must be:

    • at least 36" tall and 24" wide - we recommend using recycle or yard waste bins spaced no more than 5 feet apart tied together with string, banners, crape paper, or similar
    • do not use a vehicle as a barricade, they should be easily movable by one person
    • A printable street closure sign can be downloaded - (It prints out on letter size paper and assemble into a 44" X 25.5" sign). You can also make your own sign if you prefer.  Attach these to the barricades.
  • Local traffic (residents and visitors), deliveries, and emergency vehicles are to be allowed access for the duration of the event. 

All of the registered Night Out events are shared with the individual precincts as well as the fire department.This does not guarantee that you will get a visit but if time allows, personnel who work in your neighborhood will try to drop by.

We ask that you not call the individual Fire Stations or Police Precincts to request visits, as the number of calls could overwhelm them.

Live music is a fun staple of Night Out gatherings - there are many musicians, both professional and amateur in a lot of communities. If you plan on live music during your Night Out Activities, please be considerate of other neighbors. Consider having "unplugged" rather than "amplified" music, or keep it low if amplified. (It may help to have someone walk in a radius a few blocks away to test the noise level to see how it carries before the event starts) Please turn off all music by the hours most people are going to bed. Surrounding neighborhoods will thank you.

You can still have a Night Out celebration, without participating in the street closure if you are on a busy arterial. In the past people have had celebrations on the rooftop gardens of their buildings, communal room, or in a neighbors yard or park. The idea is to have a chance to meet your neighbors, and this is a great chance to get a Block Watch or Apartment Watch started.

If you are having trouble with the registration after two attempts, please email nightout@seattle.gov with your event details and we will enter it for you and email the registration back to you. Please also describe the issue you are having with the registration, including the type of computer (operating system) and browser you are using. This will help us make improvements in the future.