Outdoor HOA events are a great antidote for getting people outside and safely interacting.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to create community among your neighborhood and HOA.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to create community among your neighborhood and HOA. During times of COVID-19, outdoor events are a great anecdote for getting people outside and safely interacting. Below are are three of our favorite outdoor HOA events for your HOA to consider.
With a little planning, and a close eye on state and local regulations, it can be done!
Pro Tip: Limit group size
In order to gauge attendance and put a safe limit on group size, send out a link to a Cheddar Up collection page to reserve a spot and to contribute for any associated costs a few weeks in advance.
When your HOA sets the available quantity for the event spots, Cheddar Up will count down as neighbors reserve their spot and will display “Sold Out” when all have been purchased.
Three Outdoor HOA Events for Summer
1: OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
Who doesn’t love an outdoor movie night. This is one blissful event for kids and adults alike. For adults, it’s a welcome time warp of slower days, and for kids, depending on the movie and snack selection—nothing is more thrilling!
BONUS: This is the perfect socially distanced community event. Here’s what you need:
- A location—some open space where families can camp out with blankets and snacks and lots of space.
- If you’re feeling generous, some type of popcorn vendor or dispenser is fantastic. Sometimes you can find a local vendor who offers a variety of popcorn types (cheese, butter, caramel), which would be a hit.
- Projector, large screen and a movie. Fun Flicks is one resource that offers a one-stop shop for all your equipment and licensing. Keep in mind that depending on your location and attendance, you might need to obtain public performance rights, but Fun Flicks can help with that as well.
- Last, just make sure to communicate the time, the date, and the BYOBs (blankets, beer, beverages, etc.).
2: Book a food truck
Support your local food trucks that can no longer park at large events or businesses. Book a food truck to park in your neighborhood and beckon the house-bound out for a bite.
- Community clubhouses and cul-de-sacs are the perfect parking spots.
- Tables can be set up at safe distances or you can simply encourage take out.
- Create a food-truck fundraiser for your HOA by collecting money beforehand for meals and including a field for an additional donation to support community organizations delivering meals to those in need.
3: COMMUNITY FITNESS
Even the most disciplined are growing tired of online fitness classes. Take advantage of an outdoor projector (see movie night) or a neighbor who teaches yoga or a fitness class and host a class for the neighborhood. This is one of the simplest events to plan, and all you need is:
- An outdoor space with enough room to practice appropriate social distance.
- An instructor (or outdoor screen).
- Remind everyone to bring their own yoga mats or towels and a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Looking to uplevel this event? Collect funds with Cheddar Up and have fresh-pressed juices after the fitness class along with time for neighbors to catch up and chat.
If it’s a hit, make it a monthly event! Use Cheddar Up, create a collection page with 12 items (one for each month), and let folks sign up and chip in to make it worth your instructor’s time.
Here’s to making the most of a great—and safe—summer filled with neighborhood fun. Enjoy!