National Night Out

What is National Night Out?

National Night Out is an annual campaign founded by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in the early 1980’s to celebrate the successes resulting from community partnerships between law enforcement agencies, neighborhood organizations, neighborhood watch groups, elected officials and others in helping to make their communities safer and more caring places to live, work, play and invest in. 

National Night Out is always celebrated on the first Tuesday in August. 

This year, the 36th annual National Night Out will take place on

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 

and once again, the City of Roanoke will be participating in the celebration along with other communities and neighborhoods across the nation! 
  1. Overview
  2. Planning Your Event
  3. Register Your Event

National Night Out Overview

To celebrate National Night Out, city neighborhood organizations and watch groups host a variety of events
designed to:
  1. Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs,
  2. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  3. Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back and,
  4. Strengthen neighborhood spirit.
Along with traditional displays of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, city neighborhoods have participated in a variety of events over the years that have included block parties, cook outs, visits from local police, fire department and city officials, flashlight walks, contests, and youth programs.

Participating in National Night Out is an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program that promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our efforts in maintaining a safe community.

If your neighborhood or apartment community does not currently have a recognized Neighborhood Watch or community group and you would be interested in starting one, contact the Office of Neighborhood Services and we can help you take a bite out of crime!   

2019 Scheduled National Night Out Events

National Night Out @Explore Park!

Hosted by Southeast Action Forum, Inc. and Riverdale Farm Neighborhood Association

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: Explore Park, Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia 24014

This year, Southeast Roanoke City and Roanoke County will join together to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement and celebrate a united Roanoke community!

**Explore Park is only 10 minutes from SE Roanoke City!—Just take Rutrough Rd (behind Food Lion) to 56 Roanoke River Pkwy.**

Free hot dogs and snow cones will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own blanket or folding chair to relax on.

Come enjoy games, door prizes, face painting, and much more! Meet your neighbors and local emergency personnel! Check out the Explore Park Visitor’s Center and gift shop which will remain open until 8pm! Take a short nature hike or bring your mountain bike to hit the trails! Free admission! Free FUN for everyone!!

Grandview National Night Out

Hosted by Greater Grandview Area Neighborhood Watch Association

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Huff Lane Park

4412 Huff Ln NW, Roanoke, VA 24012

The Greater Grandview Area Neighborhood Watch Association (GGANWA) will hold a National Neighborhood Night Out 2019 Community event at Huff Lane Park Tuesday, August 6th, 2019. Please take a moment and view the attached NNO 2019 informational PDF. This is a free, family friendly event! While not required to attend, please consider making a donation to or volunteering assistance with this event. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you and your family at this neighborhood community gathering. Free food, fun, music and prizes. Come out and meet your neighbors and our area's first responders.

Old Southwest National Night Out

Hosted by Old Southwest, Inc. Neighborhood Watch Association

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: Alexander Gish House

641 Walnut Ave SW

Roanoke, Virginia 24016

Serving hotdogs with all the trimmings and cold drinks. Plus Mission BBQ sandwiches. Meet and thank officers and first responders. Historic Old Southwest at the Gazebo in Highland Park, rain location will be inside the Gish house.

NNEO National Night Out 2019

Hosted by the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization (NNEO), Inc.

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: Loudon Park

827 Loudon Ave NW

Roanoke, VA 24016

Come on out and join the residents of Loudon Avenue as we celebrate National Night Out 2019.  There will be food, fellowship, and resource information provided by local non-profit organizations that serve our community.    "Strong Neighborhoods, Healthy Communities"

Wildwood Civic League joins the Town of Vinton for NNO 2019

Hosted by Wildwood Civic League

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: Charles R. Hill Senior Center

814 E Washington Ave

Vinton, Virginia 24179   

Come join the Wildwood Civic League and the Town of Vinton for National Night Out 2019.  There will be food and activities.


Hosted by Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum & Loudon-Melrose Neighborhood Forum

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Staunton Park

2225 Staunton Ave, NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

Two Melrose Neighborhoods are coming to gather to celebrate National Night Out 2019.  There will be music, food and first responders.

Hurt Park National Night Out 2019

Hosted by Hurt Park Neighborhood Alliance

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: Hurt Park Townhomes Community Center

1801 Westview Ave, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016

Come on out for the dedication of the new table and chairs received from our Neighborhood Month Fundraising. We will have hot dogs and drinks to celebrate.