There are thousands of festivals, celebrations, games, activities and gatherings that occur in Edmonton each year. These range from small gatherings such as meetings, weddings, birthday parties or sports activities, to major festivals and events that attract hundreds and thousands of people.
Events in Recreation Facilities, Picnic Sites, and Gazebos
Events such as a birthday party in a recreation centre, a picnic or a family bbq at a City picnic site, or a small wedding in a gazebo, can usually be booked directly through the City's online facility booking process. A list of recreation centres and attractions available for bookings can be found on the Facility Rentals and Bookings page.
If your event is going to exceed the capacity of your desired picnic site, if you require a venue that isn’t bookable through the rentals and bookings sections, or your event will include several activities that require special permissions, please visit the Special Event Planning section to learn more about special event planning with the City of Edmonton and to begin the planning and approval process.
Special Events on Parkland, Open Space or Roadways
Events on City parks and green spaces, including events too large for a standard picnic site, will work with the Civic Events Office or their Community Recreation Coordinator, depending on the location, to book space and obtain all necessary approvals and permits.
All events on City roads, sidewalks and alleyways will also work with the Civic Events Office to book the space, notify and engage the necessary civic services and obtain approvals and permits.
For more information about special event planning with the City of Edmonton and to submit an application, please visit the Special Event Planning section.
Events on Private Property
Events taking place entirely on private property do not typically require a special event application; however, they do need to acquire all applicable permits for certain activities and must obey all laws and bylaws. If the event may impact City property (roads, sidewalks or parks), a Special Event Application will need to be submitted.