Great resources for community event listings include the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. For events on the Plaza or in Depot Park, you can view the calendar on our Special Events page, or subscribe to e-mail updates on upcoming special events.
FAQ Topic: Special Events
As part of the agreement between the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Tourism Improvement District (TID), a Special Event Promotional Program has been established as a funding mechanism to support special events that drive overnight room stays within City limits. Preference is provided to special events that are scheduled in the “off-season,” defined as November through … Continued
The City of Sonoma does not require a use permit for public protest being held on City property. However, advance knowledge of a protest helps the City prepare for any possible situations that might arise due to the public protest. If you are planning a protest please contact the Lisa Janson (415) 259-9458 or Rebekah … Continued
If you have an idea for a cultural event that is relevant to our community but don’t know where to start please feel free to contact Lisa Janson Special Events Manager for the City of Sonoma (415) 259-9458.
The Post-Event Review is an opportunity for you, as the event organizer, staff and the CSEC to discuss the success of the event, and how to proceed in the future. Typically, this review provides a positive basis for continuing the event in the future, and an opportunity to let event organizers know about any changes … Continued
Guidelines for Organizers Guidelines for Vendors Special Events Waste/Recycling Plan
These are used for parades or other events where total street closure within the City is required, i.e. a race. A Street Use Application may be found and downloaded from the “Form” page (page and link needed).
Small events are usually approved administratively, and within a few days. Larger events have a more extensive review. Large events are first reviewed by the Special Events Committee(SEC). This is a preliminary staff review, and the Committee consists of the Parks Supervisor, the Chief of Police, the Public Works Director and a representative from the … Continued
It is always a good idea to check with the City, and be sure the date you have in mind is open for use. As a general rule, small birthday parties and picnics do not need to rent space, but you would want to make sure another large event is not scheduled simultaneously. If you … Continued
The Plaza and Depot Park can both be used to host weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and going away events. Please note the City does not have anyone on staff who can officiate a wedding, it is the responsibility of the Use applicant to coordinate. Contact Lisa Janson, Special Events Manager, at (415) 259-9458 for a … Continued