Block Party Trailer

This colorful, portable trailer stocked with everything needed to host a block party in your neighborhood is available for any Bellingham resident to reserve at no cost. It must be used for a neighborhood block party​, which means everyone within some geographic area (you define your neighborhood) must be invited.

The Block Party Trailer will be returning for Summer 2023! The reservation window is the first weekend in June through the last weekend in August, 2023. Staff will begin receiving applications February 6, 2023, until each weekend is full. Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Reservations for the block party trailer are on a first come, first served basis. The Reservation Application and Special Event Permit must be requested at least 30 days prior to the event date.

In order to place a reservation, you must:

  1. Submit a Block Party Trailer Reservation Application​ to the Parks and Recreation Department.
  2. Once your reservation weekend has been confirmed, you must obtain a Special Event Permit from the Permit Center.​​

If you reserve the trailer, it is yours for the weekend. City staff will coordinate drop off at the requested location on Friday afternoon and pick it back up on Monday morning.

​If you intend to rent the Block Party Trailer, please read, review​ and complete the following documents:

All block parties require a Special Event Permit from the City’s Permit Center. However, block parties meeting each criteria listed below are not required to pay review fees or provide indemnification or insurance: 

a) The block party has an anticipated attendance of three hundred (300) people or fewer

b) The block party will close off a residential street segment no more than one (1) block in length, or a sidewalk or alley abutting a park, or an unopened right of way

c) The bl​ock party will occur during daylight hours for a duration of eight (8) hours or less

d) The block party does not require police service for crowd control.

For more information or to reserve the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer, visit the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department at 210 Lottie St. or call (360) 778-7000. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This project was made possible with funding from the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Project Neighborly grant program.