Special Events

The Special Events Unit is responsible for:

  • Processing special event applications, and
  • Organizing a number of community-wide special events. Click on the links to the left for more information.

Photo of an event with a large crowd of people and tented booth areas

Special Event Permits

A special event permit is required for events that:
  • use city property such as streets, parks, buildings, etc.
  • are open to the public; and or 
  • have entertainment: singing, dancing, DJ, Choir, etc; and or
  • use sound amplification such as a micro-phone, stereo; and or 
  • that are a parade, march or procession, and or
  • require street closures or will impact traffic.
For information on fees, requirements, and available locations, refer to the Special Event Brochure found below.
Special Event Brochure
Special Event Application  

To apply for a special event permit, submit a completed Special Event Application found below and return it to the Parks and Community Services Department customer service office at 231 Union St. Watsonville, 95076 or email it to Israel.tirado@cityofwatsonville.org.

Special Event Sponsorship Information

Our many community events are made possible through individual and corporate sponsorships. Contact us today to find out how you can help bring these great events to our community. Please call or email Israel Tirado at 831.768.3247 or israel.tirado@cityofwatsonville.org