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Office of Special Events LogoSan Diego is a city that celebrates special events. From major conventions and international sports events to community based festivals, the City of San Diego is proud to host hundreds of events each year.

The City of San Diego Office of Special Events provides a number of event related services. The primary function of the office is to provide permits for events that occur on public property. Through our one stop permitting process, an event organizer can work with the City to plan all aspects of their event that relate to the use of public property. Typical events in which the Office of Special Events becomes involved include runs, walks, triathlons, festivals and parades. For a complete listing of the events that have received permits from the City of San Diego refer to the calendar option on this Home Page.

Representatives from the Office of Special Events are also actively involved in seeking and submitting bid proposals to bring major events to San Diego. Once a major event is secured, the Special Events Office serves as the liaison between the event organizer, host committee, community, and city departments.

Examples of such major national and international events that have been, or will soon occur, in San Diego include the America's Cup, the World's Cup of Sailing, Major League Baseball's All Star Game, the Republican National Convention and Super Bowl XXXII.

Commercial event organizers and convention meeting planners also work with the Office of Special Events to create unique venues that serve their audience and client needs while providing revenue sharing opportunities for the City of San Diego.

San Diego is fortunate to have a large and diverse array of events that contribute to the spirit and vitality of our city. If you have additional questions about the Office of Special Events or a specific event, please contact us by telephone at (619) 685-1331 or in writing at Civic Center Plaza, 1200 Third Ave., Suite 1326, San Diego CA 92101.

Email comments and suggestions regarding the Special Events site to cwormser@sandiego.gov.