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Special Event and Film Permits

Special Events Funding Program Awardees Announced

The City of Tacoma’s Events & Recognitions Committee voted to approve $90,000 of Special Events funding for 39 organizations to produce events throughout Tacoma in 2024. These events are free, inclusive, all ages events, which reflect many of the diverse communities and cultures throughout the Tacoma.


2024 Special Events Funded Organizations and Events Are: 


321 Buddy Fundraising

A Place for Me - Resource Fair


AIDNW- Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AIDNW)

Community Support of Immigrants


Alchemy Skateboarding  

Go Skate Tacoma 2024


Asia Pacific Cultural Center

26th Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration featuring Taiwan


Better Together Event Planning     

Community Wellness Fair


 Building Youth Through Music dba WayOut Kids

Juneteenth - A Road to Economic Freedom


Central Neighborhood Council

Tacoma Porchfest, Central Tacoma


Children's International Health Relief

Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival


Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma     

Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Tacoma: Tacoma Tapestry 2024


Downtown Tacoma Partnership     

Downtown Tacoma Block Party


Entertainment Resource Alliance

Military Art Market or Military Marvels Marketplace


ForeverGreen Trails

Eastside Tacoma Mountain Division Trail Outreach


Foss Waterway Seaport     Tacoma

Ocean Fest 2024


Girls Heart on Fire

Vibrant Youth Wellness Summit


HONK! Festival West & Tacomarama Community Street Band

Tacoma HONK! Fest


Latinx Unidos of the South Sound

Festival Latinx


Metro Parks Tacoma

MOSAIC Tacoma's Arts & Culture Festival


Museum of Glass

Glass Fest Northwest


Native Daily Network

Indigenous People's Day


Northwest Folklife

SuperFolk Festival


Northwest Sinfonietta

The Art of Tango


On the Road with PartnerCafe

Under the Big Top Community Resource Fair


Pacific Islander Health Board of WA

PI Health Board AANHPI Heritage Celebration


Proctor Business District Association

Proctor Arts Fest


Puget Sound Revels

May Day Celebration Puget Sound Revels


Rainbow Center  

Tacoma Pride Festival


Sixth Ave Business District

Art on the Ave


South End Neighborhood Council

SENCo 2nd Annual Block Party


Tacoma Art Museum

Dia de los Muertos, 2024


Tacoma Light Trail

Tacoma Light Trail 2024


Tacoma Refugee Choir

Welcoming to Cooperation Symposium


Tacoma Sister Cities

Dia de los Muertos 6th Avenue


The Daffodil Festival

The Grand Floral Parade


University of Washington Tacoma

Celebrando Comunidad


Washington Conservation Action

Tacoma Earth Gay


Washington State Historical Society

In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Festival


Wat Pa Toledo Buddha Sattaram

Sawasdee Thailand


Wizards of Washington     

Dragon Egg Hunt 2024



Tacoma Wayzgoose


The next round of funding window for applications is scheduled for fall 2024 to fund 2025 events.

Welcome to the City of Tacoma's Special Events Office 


Click here to access the permit application form


Payment of fees will not be assessed until after the review period is completed. If you prefer a paper application, please call our office.  


Special Event Road Closure Public Notice Fees

For details about new fees, visit the Fees Schedule web page.



If you are considering an event-related street closure that normally requires police officers please contact this office at (253) 970-3866 before submitting an application. Resources are limited, and we want to help you find the best solution for your event. Tacoma Police Department requires advance notice in order to staff various events. This can be done by contacting TPD Special Events at TacomaPoliceEvents@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5932.


Tacoma's Special Events Office is Here to Assist

Whether producing an event or a film, the City's Special Events Office is here to assist you with all aspects of the permitting process. On these pages you'll find information, requirements and suggestions on how to make the process as smooth as possible. Don't hesitate to call the office any time at (253) 573-2523. And thanks for choosing Tacoma!


Requirements for a Special Event Permit

Before beginning, check out the Requirements page (Terms and Conditions) to be sure you are informed about what's expected in the application process.

Applications should be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the event date. This allows for proper internal review as well as the required notification to impacted residents and/or businesses.

What is a Special Event?
A special event is any organized formation or assembly consisting of 50 or more persons and which include any combination of animals, vehicles, that wishes to assemble and/or travel on streets or sidewalks, and which does not comply with normal or usual traffic regulation or controls. This also applies to a public beach, park or plaza.

Types of Events
Concerts, parades, circuses, fairs, festivals, block parties, community events, fund-raising events, private parties, promotional events, marathons and running events, bicycle races or tours, and Constitutionally Protected Activities.

Apply for a Master Film Permit
You may request an application from the Special Events Office or print a Master Film Permit Application Form. Master Film Permits may be submitted within a week of production depending on the complexity of the project. The Tacoma Municipal Code specifies the guidelines for issuing Master Film Permits, as well as other requirements. You may want to review this chapter before submitting your application.


Special Event Tip Sheet 


Special Events Office
Ashley Young
Community Events Coordinator
Permitting Authority
2727 East D Street (Tacoma Dome)
Tacoma, WA 98421

Phone: (253) 573-2523

Tacoma Police Department
Sgt. Jason Mills
Special Events Sergeant
Phone: (253) 591-5990


Tacoma Fire Department
Operational Permits

Phone: (253) 591-5740