COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19


Given the Santa Cruz County Public Health Order to Shelter in Place , and CDC recent recommendation to cancel all events over 50 people, all scheduled Parks & Recreation events and City-permitted special events will be canceled through September 7, 2020.

In addition a moratorium is being placed on all gathering and expression permits until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. Permits beyond this date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We recognize that the timing of this decision may inconvenience many of you. However, this decision was made out of deep concern for the community. For more information on Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 response, please visit 

City Special Event Calendar 

Thank you for your interest in scheduling your event in the City of Santa Cruz!  Santa Cruz is known for its incredible weather and beautiful beach setting and is the perfect location for your event. 

Types of Permits

Public special event may involve street closures, amplified music, admission charges, sales of goods or services, large numbers of people, and/or the use of City property and City personnel. These requirements each have separate costs and varying departmental participation.


Although by invitation only, does involve a street closure in order to set-up tables/chairs/canopies for neighbors to mingle.


Any political, civic, religious or other public activity intended primarily for the communication of ideas as opposed to the generation of monetary profit by the participants in or sponsors of the event or the advertisement of products, goods or services. Marches/parades that remain on sidewalks, as opposed to the street, would be included in these types of events.

FILMING for commercial purposes

Filming on public property in the City of Santa Cruz requires a permit. This application is solely for the use of public property within the City’s jurisdiction. If private property is utilized, arrangements must be made with the property owner. The Film Permit page will provide additional information and the necessary forms.


Private special events such as weddings, private picnics or park rentals are handled through the Reservations Office.

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