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Special Event Permits

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Host an event in the City of Woodstock

Special events bring people together in shared experiences. They allow us to connect with others and feel part of a community, contributing to the vitality of the city. 

Planning an event or festival on public property requires information from and collaboration with several city divisions. Resources are available to assist event organizers during the planning process.

What is considered a special event?

A special event is any organized activity held outdoors on city property (e.g., parks, trails, roads, sidewalks, etc.) with a large number of people in attendance. Special events include runs and walkathons, parades, festivals, outdoor concerts and picnics.

If you answer yes to any of the below questions, you should complete the special event request application as permits or staff assistance is required:

  • Will there be food or merchandise available for sale at your event?
  • Do you expect a large number people to attend your event?
  • Do any roads need to be closed for your event?
  • Are you serving alcohol?

Special Event Request Application

Questions? We can help! Contact special events staff at 519-539-1291 x 4110 or by email.

Hosting a small outdoor gathering, picnic, etc.?

If you wish to book an event that does not fit within the description of a special event, please complete the below application or contact the Parks Department at 519 539 1291 x 4110 or by email

Outdoor Rental Request Application

Public Spaces Available for Special Events

Below is a list of locations suitable for various types of events. If the location you were thinking of is not on the list below, please contact our events team to discuss at 519-539-1291 x 4110 or by email

Southside Park

Southside Park is the largest park within Woodstock at nearly 65 acres. It's located at 192 Old Wellington St. South. 

Bookable spaces include:
Entire Park
Bandshell Pavilion
Boathouse Pavilion

Cowan Fields

Cowan Fields is located at 1495 Devonshire Ave. This nearly 25 acre park is home to three class A baseball diamonds, a play structure and splashpad. 

Bookable spaces include:
Open Space

Museum Square

Located in the heart of Downtown at 472 Dundas St., Museum Square is Woodstock's Civic Square and hosts many community events. 

Bookable spaces include:
Open Space


Part of the Pittock Conservation Area, there is green space available on both the north and south shore of the reservoir. 

Bookable spaces include:
North Shore

South Shore (Roth Park)
Victoria Park

Located at 413 Buller St., Victoria Park is one of Woodstock's oldest parks with lots of green space and surrounded by mature trees. This 5 acre park is also home to the Cenotaph. 

Bookable spaces include:
Entire Park

Rental Fees

 Outdoor Area Rental Fees
  • Open Picnic Areas: $45.20/day 
  • Open Area - Fitness Class: $12/hour
  • Covered Pavilions: $77.21/day 
  • Beer Garden: $229.95/day
  • Gazebo Rental for Weddings/Showers: $31.30/hour 

All fees include HST

Special Event Fees

  • North or Southside of River in Southside Park: $350.30/event 
  • UTRCA Lands North Shore: $734.50/day 
  • UTRCA Lands Special Event Rental Area: $169.50/day 
  • UTRCA Lands Special Event Administrative Fee: $339/event

All fees include HST

Other Resources

We've included some additional information below you may find helpful when planning your event.

Advertise your Event
If your event is open to the public, you can promote it for free on the City of Woodstock Events Calendar! You may also be interested in advertising in our What's on Woodstock magazine. 
Special Event Road Closures

A special event road closure permit is required for anyone wanting to hold a small parade/procession, street block party, a race/walk/bike-a-thon, demonstration or any similar event that requires a lane or road closure or may interfere with the normal flow of traffic on any city road.  The special event request application includes details if a road closure is needed for your event.

Special Event Food Regulations 
Anyone offering food to the public at a special event is should review the requirements enforced by Southwestern Public Health. Vendor notification forms, requirements and regulations can be found on Southwestern Public Health's website. 

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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