82 Apartment Resident Events to Engage Your Community
Excite and delight your community with the best apartment resident events. By hosting engaging events for your apartment residents, you’ll help them form lasting friendships with their neighbors that support your renewal efforts. Below is our exhaustive list of apartment resident event ideas for every season!
Why host apartment resident events?
Resident events help foster a sense of community, creating friendships among neighbors. Plus, creating frequent, quality apartment events is a great way to show residents that they are valued members of the community. And when residents feel valued and connected, retention rates, reviews, and referrals soar. In fact, those with 7 or more friends in the community are 47% more likely to renew their lease.
Apartment resident events also provide engaging content to promote on your community’s social media channels. NMHC reports that 45% of renters visit the social media channels of properties they are interested in renting. Communities that showcase their resident events on social media let potential renters visualize what life would be like in your community.
Engaging resident event ideas for each season:
2023 Community Event Calendar and Instagram Stories
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The ultimate list of engaging resident event ideas for each season:
Apartment resident events for winter
Welcome the new year with a coffee bar (or maybe a mimosa or bloody mary bar). Residents who celebrated hard the night before will thank you!
January 16 – MLK Day
Post a Martin Luther King Jr. quote to your social media channels to remember how his dream helped to change the world.
January 19 – National Popcorn Day
Rent a popcorn machine & giveaway free popcorn to your residents! Take it a step further by hosting a movie night.
January 22 – Chinese New Year
Put up red decorations for good luck. Look online for information about a local Chinese New Year Parade & promote it to your residents.
January 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day
Create a hot chocolate bar for your residents! Don’t forget the fun toppings: mini marshmallows, toffee bits, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, whipped cream, & cinnamon.
February 1 – Black History Month begins
Create a list of local Black-owned businesses near your community & encourage residents to visit them.
February 2 – Groundhog Day
Host a Groundhog Day movie watch party!
February 12 – Super Bowl Sunday
Host a community event with an assortment of wings, chips, & snacks. Have attendees participate in a game of football squares with prizes for the winners of each quarter. Don’t forget to have residents RSVP through your community app.
February 13 – Galentine’s Day
Encourage residents to bring their girl friends over for a wine tasting event or rom-com watch party.
February 14 – Valentine’s Day
Show some love for your community by dropping a small box of chocolates at your residents’ doorsteps.
Offer a free car wash or dry cleaning service to your residents. Organize a donation box & encourage residents to contribute books, toys, or clothes to a local school or shelter.
February 20 – Presidents Day
Recommend that residents curl up with a book written by one of America’s past presidents, such as “An American Life” by Ronald Reagan, “Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President” by Jimmy Carter, or “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama.
February 21 – Mardi Gras
Hand out beaded necklaces & hire a local Jazz band to perform. For family-friendly fun, put together a masquerade mask making station for kids.
February 22 – National Margarita Day
The holiday speaks for itself – host a fiesta! Bust out the margs & tacos.
March 3 – Employee Appreciation Day
Treat your team to lunch. Hand out awards & superlatives and reward their hard work with gift cards and experiences.
March 8 – International Women’s Day
Host Women’s History Month Trivia or make donations to women’s philanthropies.
Rent a karaoke machine & designate a team member to MC the night. Ask residents to RSVP and request songs through your community app.
March 12 – Academy Awards
Roll out the red carpet for an Oscars watch party. Encourage residents to dress up for the evening, & provide champagne, upscale craft cocktails, & popcorn.
March 14 – Pi (Pie) Day
Invite residents to swing by for a slice of pie from a local bakery, or host a pie making (or eating) contest.
March 15 – March Madness Begins
Bust out the brackets & have residents submit theirs for a chance to win a prize.
March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
For the rowdy renters, serve up some green beer. For family-friendly fun, organize a Lucky Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt throughout the community.
March 23 – CPR Training
Hire a certified Instructor to teach residents CPR & other safety tips.
Apartment resident events for spring
April 3 – March Madness Final
Watch the final game & award your bracket winner with their grand prize!
April 5 – Passover begins
Recognize Passover with a celebratory social media post.
April 9 – Easter Sunday
An Easter brunch or an Easter egg hunt for the kids would be a special way to recognize that spring has sprung!
April 11 – National Pet Day
Host a pet photo contest on your social media or resident app.
April 15 – Tax Day
Post on social media to remind residents that their taxes are due. Or go a step further and hire a tax professional to offer advice.
Organize a tree planting event or a beach cleanup, and/or give your residents community-branded reusable water bottles and shopping bags.
April 28 – National Superhero Day
Host a Marvel movie marathon! Or encourage residents to share a story about a superhero in their life.
May 2 – National Fitness Day
Get your residents moving with a free bootcamp or yoga class.
May 4 – Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you)
Host a Star Wars movie marathon & giveaway community-branded lightsabers.
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
Hire a Mexican food truck to celebrate & don’t forget the margaritas! Have residents RSVP through your community app so you’ll know how much tequila you’ll need.
Offer a bouquet making workshop to celebrate all of the hard working Moms in your community.
May 15 – National chocolate chip cookie day
Encourage residents to swing by the office for a free cookie. Or find out which resident has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe with a cookie baking contest!
May 20 – Armed Forces Day
Put up patriotic decorations, and create a post on social media honoring those who serve our country.
May 25 – National Wine Day
Hire a local winery or sommelier to run a wine tasting event.
May 29 – Memorial Day
It’s the perfect time to fire up the grill and host a family friendly BBQ or pool party!
Apartment resident events for summer
Show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community! Decorate with rainbow flags, update your social media profile images, host a LGBTQIA+ movie marathon, or raise money for a cause like The Trevor Project.
June 2 – National Donut Day
Put together a donut & coffee bar in the lobby.
June 8 – National Best Friends Day
Host a pool party or game night & encourage residents to bring close friends that may or may not live in the community. Set up a photo booth with a friendship frame/banner.
June 18 – Father’s Day
Host a Father’s Day BBQ, or a whiskey or beer tasting event. When residents RSVP through your community app, ask them to comment with their favorite dad joke.
June 19 – Juneteenth
Hire a speaker and host a Juneteenth educational session. Raise money & donate to charity organizations. Cater food from a Black-owned business.
July 4 – Independence Day
Fire up the grill, put on a good patriotic playlist, and host a family friendly BBQ or pool party! (With fireworks, if you have the budget)
July 7 – National Chocolate Day
Drop a box of truffles at each resident’s doorstep. Or have them swing by the lobby to pick their favorite flavor.
July 16 – National Ice Cream Day
Hire a local gelato vendor with an ice cream cart to set up shop in your community for a few hours & provide residents with a free scoop!
July 19 – National Hot Dog Day
Create a hot dog buffet bar with all the fixings.
July 28 – BBQ Cookout
Host a slider grilling competition & see which resident can cook up the most inventive burger.
August 4 – International Beer Day
Hire a local brewery to host a beer & cheese pairing event. Or provide samples of beers from different countries all over the world.
August 9 – National Book Lovers Day
Recommend a popular novel & organize a book club to discuss themes and learnings.
August 11 – Food truck Friday
Have a food truck stop by your community for a convenient & fun meal for residents.
Encourage residents to sell old items collecting dust. Use the virtual bulletin board feature of your Mobile Doorman app to streamline this process.
August 19 – World Photography Day
Ask residents to share photos they’ve taken at your community with the hashtag #WorldPhotographyDay and remind them to include the location in their post!
August 24 – National Waffle Day
Fire up the waffle iron and give residents a tasty treat with the toppings of their choice! Then provide an array of options such as fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and candied nuts.
August 26 – National Dog Day
Host a dog meetup at a local dog park. Or better yet, try a pet costume parade! Don’t forget to provide treats for all the good pups.
Apartment resident events for fall
September 4 – Labor Day
Host an end of summer picnic or pool party!
September 5 – International Day of Charity
Host a fundraiser (like a casino night, carnival, or fun run) to raise money for a local charity.
September 10 – Grandparents Day
If a senior living community is part of your portfolio, this day would be a great opportunity for residents to invite their grandchildren over for a family-friendly event.
September 15 – Rosh Hashanah begins
Post on social media to recognize & celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
September 26 – National Voter Registration Day
Visit nationalvoterregistrationday.org and apply for an event grant to bolster voter registration in your community.
Host a community event (i.e. a happy hour) with tons of ice breaker games to encourage your residents to get to know their neighbors.
September 30 – Oktoberfest
Provide beer, brats, and live music for a lively event to kick off Oktoberfest.
October 1 – National Coffee Day
Treat your residents to a free gourmet coffee bar. Or promote an exclusive resident deal to a local coffee shop through your community app.
October 4 – National Taco Day
Hire a taco truck or a local taco shop to cater to your community, or have a local chef host a taco-themed cooking class.
October 9 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Identify and acknowledge the Native land you live on. Promote local and virtual events hosted by Indigenous organizations.
October 29 – National Cat Day
Host a cat photo/video contest on your social media or resident app.
October 31 – Halloween
Host a costume contest, pumpkin carving event, or a spooky hour instead of a happy hour.
If you’re hosting a Dia de los Muertos event, hire an artist to face paint sugar skulls.
November 1 – Movember
Encourage residents to grow mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
November 11 – Veterans’ Day
Recognize veterans & their families in your community by hosting a lunch in their honor & encourage them to share their stories.
November 12 – National Pizza Day
Grab a few pies from your local shop & put on a pizza party. Or host a pizza-themed cooking class!
November 15 – National Clean Out Your Fridge Day
As simple as it sounds, people often forget to clean out their fridge. Give them a little nudge to throw out old leftovers, wipe down shelves, and organize those condiments.
November 23 – Thanksgiving
Wish your residents a Happy Thanksgiving on social media & tell them why you’re thankful for their unique community.
November 24 – Black Friday
Post your favorite local Black Friday deals to your social media channels or community app & encourage residents to share their favorite deals too!
November 28 – Giving Tuesday
Encourage residents to support their favorite charity. Recommend a few that your community has donated to.
Apartment resident events for the holiday season
December 2 – Holiday Card Photo Op
Hire a professional photographer to take free family Christmas card photos for your residents around the community. Don’t forget to decorate with lights & a tree!
December 7 – Hanukkah begins
Place a menorah near a doorway or in front of a window, and light one candle each day.
December 8 – National Brownie Day
Offer free brownies or hold a brownie baking contest!
Are there children in your community? Provide all of the supplies to make a gingerbread house and have the kids create their very own masterpiece.
December 15 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Is it even considered a happy hour in December without an Ugly Christmas sweater contest? White Elephant would be a great game to play at this type of event too.
December 25 – Christmas
Give residents a giftcard to a local coffee shop or restaurant, or $100 off their next month’s rent. A little something goes a long way.
December 26 – Kwanzaa
Don’t forget to post on social media to recognize the holiday.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
Throw an epic NYE party with an open bar, live performers, a photo booth, and cheesy hats & noise makers for the countdown.
Free multifamily community event calendar & Instagram templates
Ready to implement some of the property management ideas for residents in this blog? To help you get started, we have created a 2023 Community Event Calendar with Instagram story images you can use to promote each event.
Use these apartment resident events to boost engagement and retention at your properties. Download your free templates today!
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