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 and Festivals Section 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.