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Special Events

Special Events Sonoma County

Special Events are one-time, annual, or recurring events using public property, streets, sidewalks, alleys and parking areas beyond the normal pattern of use. This also includes events on private property beyond the zoned use of that property.

Upcoming Special Events

calendar icon  Special Events Calendar
View the calendar for permitted special events that will take place in the public right-of-way or may cause traffic impacts.

map icon  Special Events Map
View a map displaying the routes for the larger events expected to cause traffic delays and road closures in unincorporated Sonoma County.

Get a Special Event Permit

Depending on the nature of your event, you may need to obtain permits or approvals to ensure a well-planned, safe event. Events like the ones listed below may require permits. Visit our Special Event Permitting page to determine which permits may be required for your event, including encroachment, zoning, food, fireworks & special effects, tents, vendor & cooking booths, and wastewater disposal.

Types of special events:

  • Agriculture Promotion & Winery Events (Tastings, tours, etc.)
  • Athletic Events (e.g.: Walkathons, runs, marathons, trail rides, bicycle races, rodeos, triathlons)
  • Camping
  • Car Shows
  • Concerts
  • Corporate Events
  • Fairs & Festivals
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Filming (movies, shows, commercials, etc.)
  • Flea Markets
  • Galas/Fundraisers
  • Parades
  • Weddings/Private Parties

Note: Cannabis events such as tastings and tours are not allowed in unincorporated Sonoma County.

Special Event Permitting Information