3 Steps to Planning a Yuri’s Night Event
The most asked question we get when people learn about Yuri’s Night is: “How do I set up my own event?”
Well, to help, we have created a three-step process to get you thinking about how to host a great event.
Step 1 – What kind of event will it be?
Will you plan to have:
- A private party with friends or a more public gathering?
- An educational or celebratory event?
- A family and kid-friendly event, or more adult-focused party?
Step 2 – What date and location will you use?
While the official Yuri’s Night is April 12th, Yuri’s Night events can take place anytime around this date. Want to host it on a Friday night? Sunday brunch? Thursday afternoon at a school? Anything is fine – as long as it is full of space spirit!
Also think about possible locations. If it is a public event, could you host it at a city park? Would a bar or restaurant be willing to share their space with you in exchange for the publicity? Does your town have a science museum or planetarium that would be interested in hosting? If it is private event, do you want to host it at home? Maybe you could use a common space in your apartment complex? In a public park?
Step 3 – What activities will you do at your event?
You can do anything at a Yuri’s Night event – the idea is to have fun and celebrate the achievements of humanity in space exploration. Past event hosts have organized activities like…
- a space movie night
- a space-themed bar night at a local pub or bar with space trivia, space-themed drinks, and fun music
- serve space themed drinks or food: dehydrated foods, dips squeezed out of ziplock bags, tang vodka martinis, etc
- a dance event with a local bar and local DJ to have a night of futuristic space-themed dancing
- a late night event at a local planetarium or science center with guests to talk about astronomy or space exploration
- special school events or field trips for students to learn about spaceflight or construct model rockets and learn about the cosmos
For tons more pictures, videos, and ideas, check out live.yurisnight.net, our site to share with the world what you are doing on Yuri’s Night.
I’ve got my plan, what now?
Once you have a plan for where, when, and what you want to do at your event, follow these three extra steps:
- Share with your friends and other like-minded people. Think about creating a Facebook event, a Google+ event, or if you’ll need a small admission, try apps like Eventbrite, TicketLeap, or Splash. If you’re working with a local planetarium or science center, make sure they publicize the event with local TV and Radio news stations.
- Log in to the Yuri’s Night Mission Control Center with your favorite online profile and register your event with us. This lets us add it to our global party count (at bottom right of the page) and share it with others on our Find a Party page if you make it public. Just give us your best guess on attendees and feel free to update your info at the control center as you finalize your plans.
- Host your event on the date you chose and use any of the Resources that we have freely available on our website. After and during the event, let us know how it went. Share your pictures, video, or a brief writeup at live.yurisnight.net.