Special Events

We hope this website will be informative and useful as you begin planning your special event, filming, or photo shoot. The Special Events Office is a section of Parks and Recreation. The Special Events Office assists the public by coordinating city services related to various events held at City facilities and public properties. The Special Events Office processes special event and film permits for approximately 200 events every year. The events, which range in size from a birthday party to national sporting events, connect our neighborhoods and showcase the best our citizens and city have to offer. We look forward to assisting you with your special event or filming needs.

For more information please contact the Special Events mainline (760) 435-5540.

Special Event Covid19 Information

View the most recent San Diego County Health Report, Face Covering Requirements, Beach Regulations and answers to frequently asked questions. This page will also have a daily COVID19 update.

To report violations of the San Diego County Health Order, please call (858) 694-2900. The reporting service is available 24/7.

Please call the Special Event Office if you have specific event questions during COVID19 at (760) 435-5540.

Large Scale Event Moratorium Pier Amphitheater

Construction Dates: December 2018 - December 2021

All Annual Events with one or more of the items listed below are considered Large Scale Events and will be moved to alternative locations, postponed, or canceled.

  • Events with over 500 people at any one time

  • Events requiring use of Pacific Street as part of the event venue

  • Events requiring the use of adjacent parking Lot #30

  • Events requiring a Traffic Control Plan

  • Events where the pier is part of the event venue

  • Events that use the Pier Amphitheater and Beach Recreation Center at the same time

The Special Events division is currently evaluating every event at the Pier Amphitheater and is in the process of contacting all event organizers affected by the moratorium.


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