The Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) is now accepting Special Event Applications for events produced after July 1, 2021. MOSE accepts applications between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for City observed holidays. MOSE is located in City Hall, 901 Bagby, 1st Floor, Houston, Texas 77002. Please refer to for more detailed information and FAQs.

The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.

Civic celebration is vital to the spirit of Houston. The Mayor's Office of Special Events produces and permits events that enhance the image of the city and highlight Houston 's diverse culture. In addition to event production, the Mayor's Office of Special Events processes requests for special events, parade and street function permits, evaluates event co-sponsorship on city property, and provides production assistance for sponsored, co-sponsored, or fee-paid events. The goal of the Mayor's Office of Special Events is to promote consistent quality, family-oriented entertainment to Houston citizens and visitors. More About MOSE ...


Mayor's Office of Special Events

MOSE Signature Events

Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
December 4, 2021

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Reliant will kick off the holiday season at the 102nd Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. The public is invited to Hermann Square at City Hall on Saturday, December 4th from 5 pm – 8 pm for a FREE event perfect for the entire family. The event will also be LIVE Streamed on ABC13 Digital Platforms.

Cigna Sunday in the Park
Cigna Sunday in the Park
December 12, 2021
Levy Park

Cigna Sunday in the Park provides Houstonians with an opportunity to engage with others, meet new neighbors, and explore the community. Each location will feature a holiday theme with live music, games, dancing and fun activities for the whole family.

Tour de Houston
Tour de Houston
April 3 , 2022

This annual event offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with bike routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. Riders and volunteers will enjoy a post-ride party that includes music, free food and beverages.

Freedom Over Texas
Shell Freedom Over Texas
July 4, 2022

Text below is from 2021

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration returns with a salute to America’s Frontline Heroes. The show will feature entertainers via live broadcast on Sunday, July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. With the annual festival format on Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks on hold for one more season, Houstonians can enjoy the City’s cherished tradition via the reimagined format.

Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
August 2022

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. While there is much uncertainty during this time, a critical need for assistance with basic ...

Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 2022

The City is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”. This civic celebration honors and celebrates the brave men, women, and families who have fought and sacrificed for our liberty and freedom.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 24, 2022

The 73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 9 a.m. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.

MOSE Social MediaMOSE Social was created to engage, market and promote the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) Civic Celebration Program throughout the year. MOSE has a presence on multiple social media outlets including Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google +. These sites are updated regularly to provide information on: pending and current events; updates, such as weather and street closures; contest and promotions’ photos and videos, and; additional information on MOSE Signature Events.

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To apply for permission to hold a special event in a park or public space, please submit a Special Event Application (.pdf).  You may submit the application along with the applicable non-refundable application fees by mail or in person. 

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Parades, Street Functions & Park / Other Events
The Mayor’s Office of Special Events accepts applications between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for City-observed Holidays. Applications for a parade or street function permit may be filed no earlier than the 365th day prior to the date of the requested parade ... More ...

Parks Department LogoParks Dept Permits and Reservations
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department Permits Office issues permits for the use of different venues and parks operated by the department for the City of Houston. An area within a park may be reserved for personal use for private events by obtaining a permit through the Permits section of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. A fee and a refundable deposit are required. This permit ensures the exclusive use of a particular space for a designated time. Any request to conduct a park event that is of a size and nature requiring the significant provision or coordination of city services will require a special event permit from the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

Bagged Meter Graphic Bagged Meters
#REDMETERBAG Do you know what this means? A Red Meter Bag means that the spaces are reserved for the permit holder. Avoid a ticket and towing and do not park here. If you have a permit, make sure you display your permit in your windshield. #parking