Plan an Event

From meetings and conventions, to sporting events, to festivals and parades, the City of Worcester is proud to support and host a variety of special events that contribute to the spirit and vitality of our City. Worcester offers many unique public and private venues to accommodate all kinds of events and the support staff to help guide organizers through the municipal permit process and event coordination.

Special Event: City Park

If you are interested in hosting your next event in a City of Worcester park, please call 508-799-1190 or email specialevents@worcesterma.gov. We hope you find our process convenient and helpful. We pledge to work with you every step of the way to ensure that your event is a success.

Small event in a park

examples: birthday party, cookout

Expressive event of a time-sensitive manner in a park

examples: rally, vigil

Large event in a park

If your event will be held in a city park and also involves items like street closures, the use of alcohol, on‐site cooking, food and merchandise sales, and/or large temporary structures, you will need a park permit as well as a special event permit.  

examples: festival, concert, road race staging

Special Event: Not located in a city park

If you are interested in hosting your next event in Worcester and it will not be held in a city park but will use public space or city services, please call 508-799-1175 or email specialevents@worcesterma.gov. Events will be reviewed through the special event permit process. Please review the special event guidebook for additional information.

Examples of special events not located in a city park could include: road races, block parties and events in city owned parking lots, garages and other infrastructure.

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Contact Information

Special Event - City Park

Parks & Recreation
50 Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605

Phone: 508-799-1190
Fax: 508-799-1293
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Special Event - Non City Park

Office of the City Manager
City Hall Room 306
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Phone: 508-799-1175
Fax: 508-799-1208
Email Us

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

City of Worcester
Customer Service Line
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
508-929-1300
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