Special Events

Special Event Definition

The City of Green Bay defines a Special Event as one of the following displays which interferes with the normal flow or regulation of traffic upon the streets, sidewalks, and/or rights-of-way:

  • Athletic Event
  • Ceremony
  • Demonstration
  • Exhibition
  • March
  • Pageant
  • Parade
  • Procession
  • Race
  • Show

Essentially, a Special Event takes place on public property including parks, streets, alleys, sidewalks, terraces, boardwalks, piers, landings, bodies of water, and the like. Special Events are open to the public. A Special Event can be as small as 200 people or as many as 50,000. Special Event Organizers may charge attendees or create an experience that is free. Events held on private property are not Special Events for the purposes of the City of Green Bay’s policies.

Read Green Bay Municipal Code Chapter 10 Article IX for detailed information about Special Events.

How to Host a Special Event

  1. Start by reading the Special Events Guide and consulting the Special Event Application Fee Chart.
    1. If you still have questions after reviewing those documents, you may contact the Special Events Coordinator by calling 920-448-3005.
  2. The next step is to fill out out a Special Event Application.

COVID-19 Considerations

The City of Green Bay is following current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Filming and Photography

If you are filming or using photography in a public space, please fill out the Special Events Application for Filming or Photography in Public Spaces.

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