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Festivals & Large Events

How to Apply for a Special Park Use Permit

This form is to be used by organizers with first time special event inquiries who are interested in holding an event in a City of San José park between the months of April 1 to October 31. This is not an application.

This form must be submitted 60 days in advance of the event date.

Once your inquiry is received a meeting will be held to discuss your event.

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

Hosting an Outdoor Special Event

The Special Park Use Unit permits many iconic locations throughout the City of San José for your event needs.

If you are planning to host a private anniversary party, birthday party, wedding or other special occasions in a San José park, please call (408) 794-7275 or visit the Rentals and Events page.


Iconic Locations


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


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

Special Park Use Permits

If your event includes the following, a permit may be required:
  • Advertising
  • Amplified sound
  • Distributing or selling food, alcohol or merchandise
  • Requiring extra event setup (i.e. stages, tents, tables)
  • Requiring extra permits and/or services from other City or County departments (i.e. Police, Fire, County Health)


Fees for special events vary based on your activity. Complete a request form, the Special Park Use Unit will assist you in obtaining an estimate of the fees.

The following links provide more information and guidelines

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