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HOSTING AN OUTDOOR SPECIAL EVENT

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services' Special Park Use Unit permits many iconic locations throughout the City of San José for your special event needs.

If you are planning to host a private anniversary party, birthday party, wedding in a San José park please call (408) 794-7275 or Click here for more information

Some Great Locations Options:

  • Plaza de Cesar Chavez
  • Guadalupe River Park & Gardens – Discovery Meadow and Arena Green
  • Historic St. James Park
  • Almaden Lake
  • Emma Prusch Farm
  • Lake Cunningham
  • Guadalupe River Trail
  • Los Alamitos Creek Trail
  • Search the full list of outdoor venues
 

WHAT IS A SPECIAL EVENT?

Any event or activity that is outside the normal parameters
of what a location is designated for, may be considered
a special event.

Examples Include:

  • Music Concerts
  • Cultural Festivals
  • Walk-a-Thons
  • Runs

SPECIAL PARK USE PERMITS

If your event requires the following, a Special Park Use Permit may be required:

  • Advertising that is open to the public
  • Amplified sound
  • Distributing or selling food, alcohol or merchandise
  • Requiring additional event setup (i.e. stages, tents, tables)
  • Requiring additional permit and/or services from other departments
    (i.e. Police, Fire, County Health)

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SPECIAL PARK USE PERMIT

Submit your inquiry for a permit (This is not an application):

This request form is to be used for all first time special event inquiries for organizers who are interested in holding an event in a City of San José park between the months of April 1st to October 31st. This request form must be submitted 60 days in advance of the requested event date.

Once your inquiry is received:

A consultation will be held to discuss your proposed event.

If you have submitted your request form and not heard back from the Special Park Use Unit in two weeks, please call 408-794-6500.

 

FEES FOR A SPECIAL PARK USE PERMIT

Fees for special events vary based on your activities. It is recommended that you complete a request form, the Special Park Use Unit will then assist you in obtaining an estimate of the fees for the park use.

The following links provide additional information and guidelines: