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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all City and permitted special events have been cancelled through the end of 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your patience.

Please visit our Virtual Recreation Center for resources on how to stay active, connected, and informed through this challenging time.

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City Special Events  

The City of Watsonville offers a number of community events throughout the year. Click on the links to the left for more information.

Sponsoring City Special Events

Our many community events are made possible through individual and corporate sponsorships. Click here to view our Event Sponsorship Opportunities. 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

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.

Click here for information on fees, requirements, and available locations.