You’ve just moved to a new city, maybe one only a few minutes from your old city, or perhaps you’ve crossed state borders.  Either way you want to get to know your new home better.  You want to become intimate with the ins and outs of your new city.  One of the best ways to get a feel for a city is to attend events put on by the local city government or volunteer organizations.  City events are a great way for you to meet new people and learn more about the city’s culture and values.  But how does one learn about City events, especially if you are new to the city?  Don’t fret, here are a few methods you can use to find out about local events.

Check your local newspaper:

In an increasingly digital age, the local newspaper is often overlooked as a source of information.  However, local newspapers are often a veritable font of information when it comes to city news.  City planned events will often have a few articles devoted to them in the weeks leading up to the event.  With a subscription to your local newspaper, you should be able to get all the information you need about any upcoming city event.

Neighborhood Associations: 

Local Neighborhood or homeowners associations are often involved in event planning and will usually have the necessary relevant information.  Getting in touch with your local association is a great way to learn about upcoming local events and holiday celebrations.  An added benefit of speaking directly with a member of the local neighborhood association is direct involvement.  It can be hard to meet people in a new city so getting directly involved with event planning is an important step towards meeting your neighbors and the people in your community.

Parks And Recreation:

Every city has a department of Parks and Recreation that usually handles the planning and fundraising of big city wide events.  The Parks and Rec department also maintains, in most cities, a community or community recreation center, which offers classes and activities for city residents.  Most community centers or Parks and Recs offices will have events posted on information boards, usually in the form of flyers or handouts.  This will help you not only keep track of any upcoming event dates but allow you to plan your schedule accordingly.  If you aren’t sure where your local community center is, a simple visit to your city’s website should get you the required directions.

City Website:

Speaking of websites, the city’s government-owned and operated official website should have all the relevant event information posted.  These event posts will usually be on a community or events page, although bigger cities hosting large publicly funded events may update their homepage with relevant information.

There are many ways for you to find out about citywide events even if you are new and unfamiliar with the city.  All it takes is a little bit of effort and you should be able to learn about any event your city may be holding in the future.