It is a world of competition. There is a high probability that everything you do or are planning to do has already been done before.
So the uniqueness of your event does not actually lie in the originality. It lies in the little twists and small details of your event that captivate audiences.
And we are telling you exactly how to do it with our comprehensive list of fun event ideas.
A. Community event ideas
Here are some fun social event ideas to make that lasting impact-
- Donation drive
Donation drives are a great idea for bringing the community together through a common philanthropic event. You can organize community-wide donation drives in a central easy-to-access location. Promote the event around your community to encourage members to attend, donate, and learn about the benefiting organization. For those who are unable to make it to the primary location, you can even set up various drop-off spots around the town.
Apart from money, people can also donate much-needed items like school supplies, baby items, non-perishable food, holiday toys, books, winter coats, blankets, and anything else with a useful value. You can even assist your community by supporting local churches, organizations, and charity houses in the region.
- Heritage celebration
Every community has a history and a past that is unique to its origin. You can take this opportunity to bring the past to life with a fun-filled local heritage celebration. This event can be organized to celebrate a unique aspect of your town or have an entire festival promoting the local art and culture including historic cuisine, trades, crafts, and various other forms of entertainment.
- Cultural food festival
Food has the power to connect people over flavors and stories, and each community has a variety of cultures and backgrounds. A great way to celebrate it is by organizing a food festival. This is the time when community members can explore their taste buds by tasting delicious cultural cuisines. This will also bring a great opportunity for local restaurants, bakeries, and other eateries to participate and promote their business while discussing how culture influences their food. Events like this are a fantastic way to celebrate diversity and inclusion to make everyone feel accepted.
- Community potluck
We are mentioning food twice because it deserves it. It has the power to bring people together while encouraging interactions that can range from stories to games and much more.
Potlucks are an incredible community catering idea involving each participant bringing a food item to contribute to the buffet table. An alternative way would be hosting an outdoor BBQ, which is a variation of the traditional potluck where a designated griller makes the entrees and other neighbors are responsible for sides and snacks.
If you are planning a larger event, you would want to make sure to include everything from starters to desserts. A convenient way to do this would be to allocate meal or drink types to groups of people. They can then organize among themselves about allocating specific items. Potlucks are excellent conversation starters for even new people in the neighborhood.
- Block party
A block party or street party is a perfect opportunity for members of a community to get together, have fun, or observe an event of some importance for mutual solidarity and enjoyment. These parties or traditions can help in creating safer neighborhoods and allow children to grow up in a warmer environment. In most areas, you will require a permit to get the party started, especially if you are closing the street. Check with local bodies to know more about your area's regulations.
- Local walking tours
Walking tours will allow your participants to see some of the best community sites. This is also a healthy way to bond while visiting local sites. The sites could be themed such as restaurants, breweries, and local cuisine. You can also opt for sites with historical or cultural significance.
- Crowd games
Use large digital screens or other enhanced technology to display games that are controlled by audience participation. Or include other mental or physical games such as giant Jenga, table tennis, soccer, basketball, and other exciting games to have the crowd pumping with cheer.
- Community clean up
There are many benefits of a community clean-up. To name one, neighbors get to go out into community spaces, connecting and working towards a common goal. And most importantly, the entire community gets a well-maintained garden, parks, and public spaces. To make the event more exciting, you can offer refreshments and award prizes to those who collect the most trash, plan the most trees, etc.
- Monthly regional mega-markets
The key idea of hosting mega markets is to drive shoppers, tourists, and passersby to your city center. This includes organizing giant farmer’s markets, craft fairs, and seed swaps to attract attention from the town. Whichever market style you choose, make sure to advertise throughout the region to encourage people from the surrounding communities to attend and participate. You can even promote the event on social media by creating online event pages, sending events, and creating content around your event.
B. Corporate event ideas
Take a look at some of the fun company event ideas to give your employees a reason to remember for years to come-
- Mindfulness workshop
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware of what you are doing at the moment. Practicing mindfulness in the workplace can help attention, self-regulation, and well-being, and improve overall performance. To help your employees develop this important skill, you can host a free mindfulness workshop conducted by an expert trainer.
- Philanthropic group activities
A philanthropic group activity is a great way to encourage empathy among your employees while performing your social responsibility. A volunteering activity will also allow your employees to feel good about making a small contribution to make the world better. These activities will also help to bond with each other in a more informal setting and create heightened respect for your organization and leadership team.
- Talent show
Give a stage to your employees to unleash their creativity and unique talents with a talent show. Host individual or group talent shows to encourage employees to step out of their comfort zones while bonding with coworkers. The talent show could be about anything- from signing and aerobics to skits and stand-ups. This is sure to be a memorable event for all your employees.
- Dance battle
Who wouldn't love a dance battle? Even if you are not a dancer, it keeps the fun alive and the energy of the event upbeat. So clear up the conference room, decide on a date, and let everyone in your office witness the ultimate dance battle. Divide everyone into teams and assign each team a dance style they are comfortable with. Also, give plenty of time to rehearse, allowing teams to regroup at their convenience. Don’t forget to arrange for snacks and prizes for the winning teams.
- Professional development workshop
A professional development workshop is the perfect opportunity to encourage team bonding while providing an opportunity to learn and further their career. This could be either held at your office premises or virtually like an online workshop or conference. Plan activities that relate to your employees’ jobs or something broader like a negotiation or leadership skills workshop.
- What’s my name?
In this fun game, each participant is assigned the name of a person (dead or alive). The names are then displayed on their back, heads, or parts of their body so that only the other participants can read them. After all the names are assigned, the participants mingle with each other, treating their coworkers the way they would treat the person listed on the co-worker’s card. Those who correctly guess who they are wins.
Cook-offs are great for team-building where teammates get to challenge each other. To get started, divide your team into smaller groups, pick a food category, and challenge each team to cook something delicious. This could be anything from a pie to a pizza. To give an interesting twist, pick a star ingredient that all teams must use like maple syrup or pineapples, or specify a unique shape everyone must create.
- Sneak a peek
To play this game, participants break off into groups of at least 4 and take turns recreating objects from a memory. You can utilize LEGOs, clay, building blocks, or other similar set of construction materials to build the objects. The idea of the structure will be given by the leader to every group. A member from each group gets a 10-second ‘sneak a peek’ at the hidden structure, returns to their groups, and tells a description for the group to recreate together.
- Office trivia
Trivas are an interesting way to build curiosity about the office. They can be easily arranged at the office for both larger and smaller groups. You can sort the questions into categories with 4 or 5 questions per category and add optional bonus questions at the game. Prepare your trivia questions, and give each question a point value, or assign each team certain points per category they would like to bet. Allow each team to bet as many or as few points as they want per question until they have exhausted all their points for that category.
- Karaoke night
Karaoke nights are simple and fun. There are participants (singer or not), a mic, and a screen to read the lyrics off. You can even host a contest for the best karaoke performances. It could be individual or group. This works best for an outgoing, extroverted group. If some members of your team aren't comfortable performing on stage, explore other ideas in this list that align better with their preferences.
C. Virtual Event Ideas
We have some fun virtual event ideas too. Have a look
- Virtual break room
Virtual break rooms are excellent for team building. To initiate this, create a virtual break room via Zoom or any other virtual platform. Allow your staff to log in and join over lunch or during break time. This will enable employees to catch up and get well acquainted with each other, just like in a physical office setting.
- Virtual game night
Game nights are popular among young adults. If it is not possible to meet physically, organize a virtual game night by gathering gaming enthusiasts together. From trivia to scavenger hunts to online editions of classic board games, there are countless games to choose from. If you have the budget, consider working with professional hosts or organizers who can help you with the planning execution.
- Online workouts
After the pandemic, workouts have shifted to the online realm and many people are comfortable with it. There are more online exercise programs than ever to guide people and help them stay fit. You can make the best of this opportunity and organize a private, live exercise class that will incorporate fitness into your event and get family, friends, or employees working out together.
- Digital auction
Fundraising events can also be held virtually if people cannot meet in person and it can also reach more people. Digital auctions are great as fundraising events. The only thing you need to do is to decide on the items you will be auctioning off. Since it is a virtual auction, it is wise to include only items that can be shared digitally, such as private online classes. If you want to include any physical items, ensure that they are affordable to ship.
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