Special Event Fees

The following is a summary of the typical basic fees for special events. Please complete a Special Event Application and we will assist you in determining total fees.

Venue Fees

Park VenueCommercial FeeNon-Profit Fee
Civic Center Plaza (Joseph Alioto Piazza)$33,670$16,835
Civic Center Plaza - Decomposed Granite Area$16,121$8,061
Embarcadero Plaza$9,428$4,714
Embarcadero Plaza - Don Chee Way Hardscape$4,180$2,090
Golden Gate Park - Bandshell (Spreckels Temple of Music)$3,367$1,684
Golden Gate Park - Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow)$24,243$12,121
Golden Gate Park - Lindley Meadow$13,468$6,734
Golden Gate Park - Marx Meadow (two-hour limit on amplified sound)$3,367$1,684
Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse$14,331$7,166
Golden Gate Park - Polo Field$67,341$33,670
Golden Gate Park - Robin Williams Meadow$16,162$8,081
Hallidie Plaza$2,731$1,365
Japantown Peace Plaza$1,732$867
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre $4,310$2,155
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre Special Rate for Community Events Only***
N/A$825
Lake Merced - Sunset Parking Lot$1,433$717
Marina Green - East (Big Marina)$10,101$5,051
Marina Green - West (Little Marina) **$1,077$539
Mission Dolores Park ****$16,162$8,081
Noe Valley Town Square
$966
$484
Portsmouth Square **$673$337
Potrero del Sol Park (La Raza)$13,733$6,867
Potrero del Sol - Skate Park$2,628$1,314
Potrero del Sol - Stage Area$1,970$985
Precita Park ****$6,734$3,367
Union Square Plaza$10,101$5,051
United Nations Plaza$2,149$1,075
Washington Square ****$4,310$2,155


Other Sites: $1.35/person times venue capacity

* To be eligible for nonprofit fee, entity sponsoring and running event must be a not for profit.
** Minimum fee for event involving amplified sound is $711
***Community focused, no financial benefits to organizers
****No new special events. Returning community events only.


Amplified Sound Fees and Procedures

The minimum venue fee for any event involving amplified sound is $711

Amplified sound fee is $85 for non profit and $610 for commercial event

Amplified sound may also include costs of Park Patrol to monitor sound level depending on venue

Special additional application required:
Amplified Sound Application


Other Fees


Impact Fees

  • Race Fees in Park: $1.47 per runner
  • Walk Fees in Park: $0.73 per walker
  • Ground Regeneration Fees: Depends on location and number of participant

Events Requiring Road Closures in Park

  • $1.47 per participant plus cost of Park Patrol to assist with road closure
  • Requires outreach to neighbors and coordination with MUNI, SFPD and DPT also required

Concession Fees

  • 5% of any concession sales

Staff Reimbursement – This can include a variety of different staff:

  • Park Patrol to monitor event activities
  • Gardener Supervisors to review set up of site, to inspect site after the event and to make any necessary repairs
  • Custodial to provide additional janitorial service during the event and for post event clean up.

Gated Event: 25% of ticket sales

Amateur Events – no admission charge: Weekdays – $228; Weekends $303 (non-holiday)