FAQ Topic: Special Events

Where can I learn about upcoming special events in our community?

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.

Is financial support available for 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

I want to organize a public protest; do I need a permit?

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

What is a post-event review?

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

When is a street use application needed?

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).

What is the application process for a special event?

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

When having an event in a City park, when do I need a permit?

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

Can I get married at the Plaza?

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

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