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Special Events


The City of Visalia’s Special Event process is designed to ensure that your event is successful while taking into consideration the protection of the public’s health and safety.

Thank you for your interest in our community, and we wish you the best with your special event. 

Costs Associated with hosting a special event - Application fee (Non refundable) of $50.00 shall be submitted with a completed application before we can begin the review process. Other costs associated with hosting a special event may include, facility rental fees, assistance from Police, Fire or Public Works personnel, rental of portable restrooms, refuse services, signage and other permits.

Different Types of Special Events - The City of Visalia categorizes Special Events into three main categories; Non-Expressive, Expressive (free-speech event), and Spontaneous Expressive Events (free speech event). Each category falls into a different variation of the permitting process and timelines. The vast majority of Special Events held within the City of Visalia would fall under the Non-Expressive category. If you are uncertain which category your event falls under please feel free to contact the Special Event Committee at also see attached Special Event Guide. The following is an example of an application timeline and process of the most common Special Event category, Non Expressive Event that has a direct impact on the public right-of-way.

Application timeline and process

Special Event Committee Contact Information:

Tracy Robertshaw, Special Event Committee Chair
Phone: (559) 713-4187
Fax: (559) 713-4811

Upcoming Special Events

Friday, April 26, 2019

4:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
Spotlight Visalia

5:30 PM  -  10:00 PM
Cinco de Mayo

Saturday, April 27, 2019

5:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
Mario Aguilar

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

6:00 PM
Great Western Fan Festival RV Parking 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

4:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
Tulare County Youth Orchestras

Friday, May 3, 2019

3:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
Tacos & Tributes

5:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
Selena Tribute

Saturday, May 4, 2019

6:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
Fiesta 5K Ole' (Cinco De Mayo Fun Run)

5:00 PM  -  11:00 PM
Johnny Cash Tribute

Friday, May 10, 2019

9:00 AM  -  9:00 PM
Tulare County Office of Education - Slick Rock Student Film Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2019

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
Visalia Music School Recital

Monday, May 13, 2019

11:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
First 5 Express Van Event

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

4:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
El Diamante Media Arts

Thursday, May 16, 2019

4:00 PM  -  10:00 PM

Friday, May 17, 2019

3:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
Tacos & Tributes

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