The City of Edmonton recognizes the significant role festivals and events play in the vibrancy of our community. Edmonton offers a wide variety of festivals and events, spanning all artistic genres and sporting activities that contribute to our city's quality of life.
What is a special event?
While there are thousands of events that occur in Edmonton each year which could be classified as 'special events', many of these are simple gatherings such as meetings, weddings, birthday parties or picnics. These types of events tend to have fewer requirements and use a simpler booking process.
The Civic Events Office works with special events, which can be defined as:
...organized gatherings celebrating a sporting, cultural, community or other type of unique occasion or theme, which occurs on, or impacts, City of Edmonton property (owned, leased or controlled by the City), which lasts for a limited or fixed duration, and provides the public with a unique leisure opportunity.
These tend to be more complex events, both large and small, which could require approvals from multiple City departments, require spaces that are not bookable through the City's other booking systems, or could have significant impact on traffic, pedestrians and surrounding community.
How will the City help me?
The City of Edmonton's Civic Event Office was designed to make life easier for event organizers. Our office provides support and expertise to event organizers who are coordinating events on outdoor public property and on parkland.
Ready to Apply?
Once you've determined where and when you want your event, and thought about what your event is and what activities it will include, you are ready to learn more about the Special Event Application Process and submit an application.