September is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your resident events for the month. As a property manager, you know that fostering a sense of community is essential for tenants’ happiness and retention. Hosting regular events that bring residents together increases engagement, encourages socialization, and gives residents a sense of belonging. This post will provide you with several September resident event ideas to help you keep your community engaged and happy in 2023.
Fall Picnic in the Park
A fall picnic in the local park or green space is an excellent way to get your residents outside and enjoying the crisp autumn air. You can set up picnic tables, provide food and drinks, and games such as frisbee, badminton, volleyball, and cornhole. Make sure to choose a park with plenty of open space and beautiful foliage to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
DIY Wood Sign Painting Party
Hosting a do-it-yourself (DIY) wood sign painting party is a creative way to engage your residents. You provide the wooden boards, paints, and brushes for the residents to create their own unique signs. Alternatively, you can partner with a local artist or studio that provides instruction and materials for the event. This event is a perfect way to boost creativity and foster residents’ creativity skills.
Pet Costume Party
The fall season means we are fast approaching Halloween, and what could be better than a pet costume party? Pet owners love to dress up their dogs, cats, and even hamsters in fun and creative costumes. Set up a small pet-friendly area in your community, provide treats, and award prizes for the funniest, most creative, and scariest costumes.
Movie Night Under The Stars
Hosting an outdoor movie night under the stars is a fantastic way to bring your residents together for an evening of fun. You can set up a large screen, provide comfortable seating, and serve refreshments. A classic fall movie like “Hocus Pocus,” “Harry Potter,” or “Nightmare Before Christmas” would be the perfect autumn-themed movie to watch.
Small Group Exercise Classes
Encouraging residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle is essential, and small group exercise classes are a great way to do this. You could host an outdoor yoga class, a cardio workout in your community’s gym or even a self-defense class. This event is especially great for those residents who are fitness enthusiasts and promote wellness.
Book Club Meeting
A community book club is an excellent way to engage residents who enjoy reading. The group can meet monthly to discuss a chosen book. It fosters intellectual stimulation, cultural exploration, and social interaction among participants. You can even invite local authors or experts for special discussions to add a unique flavor to the meetings.
An outdoor potluck is a wonderful way to bring your community together on a beautiful fall day. Ask residents to bring a dish from their culture or a family favorite recipe. This not only gives them an opportunity to share their culinary skills but also lets everyone enjoy a variety of delicious food and learn about different cultures.
Shoot and Share Photography Contest
Encourage the residents to showcase their photography skills by organizing a ‘Shoot and Share’ photography contest. They can capture the beauty of the changing seasons, architectural details of the community, or portraits of their neighbors. This not only promotes creativity but also helps in documenting and celebrating life in your community.
Apartment Resident Event Ideas for September 2023 Wrap Up
Hosting September resident events are an excellent way to keep your property management up-to-date and happy. These ideas are just a few examples of the many possibilities that you can choose. Whether you opt for an outdoor movie night, pet costume party or exercise class, you are sure to offer your residents opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills, and have an enjoyable experience. Remember, resident events are not only a great way to increase satisfaction and retention, but they also add an extra touch to your property management that sets you apart from the competition.
September’s “National Day” Festivities
All around the year, national days can serve as a great opportunity to bring people together and drive engagement towards a common goal. September is no exception, as it has a ton of national days that property managers can leverage. Each month we highlight ‘National Days’ that are perfect for events and activities for your apartment residents.
National Cheese Pizza Day on September 5th
Everyone loves pizza, so why not celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day with a pizza party? Organize a pizza event and provide toppings, drinks, and sides to complement the pizzas. You can host it at your clubhouse or by setting up tables and chairs outdoors to enjoy the beautiful September weather.
Labor Day on September 6th
Labor Day is an extremely popular national day, and for a good reason. It’s a day to celebrate hard work and the contribution of workers to the country’s growth. You can organize a community BBQ and invite residents to come and commemorate the day. Alternatively, you can partner with local businesses to offer discounts and deals to residents on the day.
World Gratitude Day on September 21st
This day is all about giving thanks, and what better way to do that than through community service? Partner with the local food bank or homeless shelter and organize a volunteer day. Encourage your residents to join and make care packages or do some volunteer work at the shelter.
National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th
National Good Neighbor Day is a day to build connections and promote good relations amongst neighbors. Plan some community events like game nights, happy hours, or potlucks to encourage people to come out and meet their neighbors. You can also organize a simple block party, decorate your property with balloons, and send out invitations to residents.
National Homemade Cookies Day on September 28th
Cookies are a classic treat that people of all ages love. Organize a baking contest and encourage residents to participate. Offer prizes for various categories such as best overall cookie, best chocolate cookie, best-decorated cookie, etc. You can also have a cookie exchange, where residents bring in their homemade cookies and trade with others.
Keep Your Residents Engaged and Celebrate This September
National days provide endless opportunities for property managers to engage with their residents. These are just a few ideas, but you can get creative and come up with more event ideas around national days. Remember always to promote your events early on and make proper preparations beforehand to ensure residents have a great time. By creating fun and engaging events around national days, you’ll build stronger relationships between your residents and boost your property’s overall community morale.