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Special Events

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Welcome to the one-start website for Special Event and Festival Permits in San Jose, California. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and an average yearly temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, San Jose is an ideal location for outdoor fun and festivities. The City of San Jose, its businesses, and its citizens, welcome you and your event. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012 over 1,100,000 people attended 300 outdoor events in the City of San Jose!

Use this website as a guide to selecting a location, finding out the requirements for the new One-Start Outdoor Permit Application, and contacting the City's Office of Cultural Affairs. If you have any questions that are not answered by the website, the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) can be reached at (408) 793.4344. Looking for more information on the City of San Jose's website:

The Special Event Program maintains a 2013 Events Calendar, a 2014 Events Calendar, and the Special Event Guidelines which are great resources for Event Organizers.

The Special Events Program oversees all outdoor special event planning. It coordinates the delivery of services from multiple City departments to support events; permits and authorizes events on public and private property throughout the City; develops policies, regulations and ordinances related to special events; manages the Outdoor Temporary Banner Program and are a key participant in planning new or improved outdoor event venues.

Last Modified: 11.20.13