Thank you for organizing inclusive and accessible neighbourhood gatherings!

Knowing the people who live in your neighbourhood improves everyone’s quality of life with a greater sense of belonging, more safety, more sharing, mutual supports and understanding, and of course more fun and joyful everyday life!

Since 1994, at Festival of Neighbourhoods, we have supported and encouraged citizens who host gatherings open to everyone in their neighbourhood in many practical ways.

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions and our Brochure.

You plan the ways to bring neighbours together! We plan the ways to support you

Tools, Resources and Advice

Prizes and Awards

Sharing Ideas and Stories

Reach! Inclusion Challenge

Read the list of ideas to make your neighbourhood gathering welcoming and accessible to everyone and take the Inclusion Challenge to REACH out a little further!


When you register your gathering with us, your neighbourhood will have a chance to win a $20,000 Neighbourhood Capital Improvement Grant from the City of Kitchener and accept one of many prestigious awards!

To host an FON eligible gathering, organizers will:

  • decide the geographical boundaries of their neighbourhood – which streets, homes or buildings or street boundaries make up the neighbourhood,
  • invite and welcome everyone in the neighbourhood, regardless of age, gender, ethnocultural background, ability, marital status, etc.,
  • bring neighbours together face-to-face so they can get to know each other better.

Register your gathering as our new season has already started: Online form & Word registration form! You can always call 519-579-3800 and register by phone. We love to talk to you.

Not sure if your gathering qualifies? Need more information or suggestions to get you started? We are happy to answer your questions and can even provide tips and suggestions to help make planning easier.

Contact Information

Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods
c/o Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
23 Water St N, Kitchener N2H 5A4
Tel: 519-579-3800

Founding Partners

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the initiative, an award or a prize, get in touch with us.

Are you hungry for a bit of history? Read the article about the Festival of Neighbourhoods: Kitchener Season of Celebration and Festival of Neighbourhoods (2001).