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The City of Edmonton recognizes the significant role festivals and events play in the vibrancy of our community. Edmonton offers a wide variety of festivals and events, spanning all artistic genres and sporting activities that contribute to our city's quality of life.

What is a civic event?

While there are thousands of special events that occur in Edmonton each year which could be classified as 'civic 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.

Ready to Apply?

Once you have determined where and when you want your event, and thought about what your event is and what activities it will include, you are ready to learn more about the Civic Events Application Process and submit an application.

Application Form Selection Tool

The City of Edmonton is pleased to offer public space to organizations and individuals wishing to plan events. Our selection tool is designed to display the appropriate application form information based on your location choice.

Events on Parkland, Open Space or Roadways

Events on City parks and green spaces, including events too large for a standard picnic site, will work with the Civic Events and Festivals Section or their Neighbourhood Resource Coordinators, depending on the location, to book space and obtain all necessary approvals and permits.

All events on City roads, sidewalks and alleyways will also work with the Civic Events and Festivals Section to book the space, notify and engage the necessary civic services and obtain approvals and permits.

Events on Private Property

Events taking place entirely on private property do not typically require a special event application; however, they do need to acquire all applicable permits for certain activities and must obey all laws and bylaws.  If the event may impact City property (roads, sidewalks or parks), a Civic Events Application will need to be submitted.

Simply fill out the form to submit your event to the City's event calendar.

Subscribe to receive the latest news and updates from Civic Events and Festivals Section.

Learn more about hosting weddings on City Parkland and in Gazebos / Bandshells.

Churchill Square is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch break, take a stroll with family & friends or watch performances and festivals year-round.

Frequently Asked Questions

For More Information

Civic Events and Festivals Section

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Telephone 780-944-7740
Before you call: please note that we can only assist you with events taking place on Roads, Plazas/Squares, or in River Valley Parks. Please visit Application Process: Neighbourhood Parks or Block Parties to book those type of events.
Fax 780-944-0042


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