The City of Harrisonburg supports special events that provide enjoyable opportunities for residents and visitors, and contribute to a vibrant, livable and sustainable city.
Special events may include fundraisers, festivals, parades, 5Ks, cycling and recreation events and/or similar gatherings on public spaces.
Venues available for special events in the City of Harrisonburg include, but are not limited to, Harrisonburg City Parks, the Turner Pavilion & Park Area, and Court Square in downtown.
A number of city departments are involved in the logistics necessary to produce a safe and successful community event. In an effort to simplify the application process for community organizations and event planners, the City of Harrisonburg has provided the guidelines below.
These guidelines must be met in order to ensure a positive experience for the community:
Download the Special Event Application Form.
All special events held within the City of Harrisonburg, whether a new or annual event must complete the special events application if requesting public assistance (i.e. facility rental, police or fire support, etc.) and/or the closure of a street for any scheduled event of a non-emergency nature. The application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the event to allow sufficient time for city staff to review your request and provide a recommendation to City Council for consideration.