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)$34,785$17,392
Civic Center Plaza - Decomposed Granite Area$16,655$8,328
Embarcadero Plaza$9,740$4,870
Embarcadero Plaza - Don Chee Way Hardscape$4,318$2,159
Golden Gate Park - Bandshell (Spreckels Temple of Music)$3,478$1,739
Golden Gate Park - Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadow)$25,045$12,523
Golden Gate Park - Lindley Meadow$13,914$6,957
Golden Gate Park - Marx Meadow (two-hour limit on amplified sound)$3,478$1,739
Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse$14,806$7,403
Golden Gate Park - Polo Field$69,570$34,785
Golden Gate Park - Robin Williams Meadow$16,697$8,348
Hallidie Plaza$2,821$1,410
Japantown Peace Plaza$1,790$895
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre $4,452$2,226
John McLaren Park - Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre Special Rate for Community Events Only***
N/A$825
Lake Merced - Sunset Parking Lot$1,481$741
Marina Green - East (Big Marina)$10,435$5,218
Marina Green - West (Little Marina) **$1,113$557
Mission Dolores Park ****$16,697$8,348
Noe Valley Town Square
$998
$500
Portsmouth Square **$696$348
Potrero del Sol Park (La Raza)$14,188$7,094
Potrero del Sol - Skate Park$2,715$1,358
Potrero del Sol - Stage Area$2,035$1,018
Precita Park ****$6,957$3,478
Union Square Plaza$10,435$5,218
United Nations Plaza$2,220$1,110
Washington Square ****$4,452$2,226


Other Sites: $1.39/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 $734
***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 $734

Amplified sound fee is $88 for non profit and $630 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: $1.52 per runner
  • Walk Fees in Park: $0.76 per walker
  • Ground Regeneration Fees: Depends on location and number of participant

Events Requiring Road Closures in Park

  • $1.52 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 – $235; Weekends $313 (non-holiday)