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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:

    1. Apartment resident events for winter
    2. Apartment resident events for spring
    3. Apartment resident events for summer
    4. Apartment resident events for fall

2023 Community Event Calendar and Instagram Stories

Need help coming up with resident event ideas? We have created a custom resident event idea calendar chock-full of unique and seasonal community get-togethers. You can download the calendar for free, and easily promote your events with our complimentary Instagram story pack!

resident event calendar and social media

The ultimate list of engaging resident event ideas for each season:

Apartment resident events for winter

January

January 1 – New Year’s Day

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

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.

February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day

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

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.

apartment karaoke night for resident eventsMarch 10 – Karaoke Night

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

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.

April 22 – Earth Day

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

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.

apartment resident wine event instagram storyMay 14 – Mother’s Day

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

June

pride instagram story for apartment communityJune 1 – Pride month begins

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

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

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.

August 12 – National Garage Sale Day

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

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.

apartment resident national neighbor daySeptember 28 – National Neighbor Day

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

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.

November

November 1 – Dia de los Muertos

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

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!

gingerbread house apartment resident eventDecember 12 – Gingerbread House Event

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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