5/23/2019 4:36 p.m. Expect significant traffic impacts in Harvard Square area due to Boston Calling music festival May 24-26, at Harvard’s Athletic Complex, 65 N. Harvard St., Allston. Many attendees will be taking Red Line to Harvard Square Station and walking to event. Please contact event organizers via the Community Hotline at 617-903-0157 or email with questions or concerns. More details »


Special Event Permits

Public Works

A Special Event is a large event such as a festival, road race, parade, film shoots or walkathon. Such events may feature entertainment, amusements and food and beverages.  Special events may require a number of permits from various City departments depending on the size and nature of the event. The City's Public Works Department manages the City's Special Event program.

Additional Information

Applications for Special Events are reviewed by the City's Special Events Committee. Once your application has been submitted and reviewed, the City will contact you to discuss next steps. You may be asked to meet with the Special Events Committee to discuss your application.

When meeting with the committee, you must submit a detailed site plan or map of the area where the event is proposed to take place.

Tips and FAQs

What types of activities does the City of Cambridge define as "special events" requiring the Special Event Application to be completed?

The type of activity that requires a Special Event Application to be completed is an event that is open to the general public; it can be held on public or private property; it may feature entertainment, amusements, food and beverages; it may be classified as a festival, road race, parade, or walkathon.  A special event of this size and nature does require a number of permits from various City departments before it is officially approved.

How can I get assistance or information about the Special Events Application process?

Please contact Rob Linke at 617-349-9498 /

What if I am scheduling a large and/or complicated event that might require me to coordinate with multiple City Departments?

In that case, you may be required to attend the monthly Special Events Committee meeting, where staff from multiple City Departments are available to meet with special event planners

Page was last modified on 3/6/2019 1:48 PM
Provide Feedback

Got feedback?

Please provide your feedback below: