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)$35,383$17,692
Civic Center Plaza - Decomposed Granite Area$16,941$8,471
Embarcadero Plaza$9,907$4,954
Embarcadero Plaza - Don Chee Way Hardscape$4,392$2,196
Golden Gate Park - Bandshell (Spreckels Temple of Music)$3,538$1,769
Golden Gate Park - Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow)$25,476$12,738
Golden Gate Park - Lindley Meadow$14,153$7,077
Golden Gate Park - Marx Meadow (two-hour limit on amplified sound)$3,538$1,769
Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse$15,061$7,530
Golden Gate Park - Polo Field$70,766$35,383
Golden Gate Park - Robin Williams Meadow$16,984$8,492
Hallidie Plaza$2,869$1,435
Japantown Peace Plaza$1,820$911
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre $4,529$2,265
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre Special Rate for Community Events Only***
N/A$825
Lake Merced - Sunset Parking Lot$1,506$754
Marina Green - East (Big Marina)$10,615$5,307
Marina Green - West (Little Marina) **$1,132$566
Mission Dolores Park ****$16,984$8,492
Noe Valley Town Square
$1,016
$508
Portsmouth Square **$708$354
Potrero del Sol Park (La Raza)$14,432$7,216
Potrero del Sol - Skate Park$2,761$1,381
Potrero del Sol - Stage Area$2,070$1,036
Precita Park ****$7,077$3,538
Union Square Plaza$10,615$5,307
United Nations Plaza$2,259$1,129
Washington Square ****$4,529$2,265


Other Sites: $1.42/person times venue capacity

* To be eligible for nonprofit fee, entity sponsoring a running event must be a not for profit.
** Minimum fee for event involving amplified sound is $747
***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 $747

Amplified sound fee is $89 for non profit and $641 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: $1.54 per runner
  • Walk Fees in Park: $0.77 per walker
  • Ground Regeneration Fees: Depends on location and number of participants

Events Requiring Road Closures in Park

  • $1.54 per participant plus cost of Park Patrol to assist with road closure
  • Requires outreach to neighbors. 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 – $239; Weekends $318 (non-holiday)