Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events is not currently permitting festivals, fun runs/walks, or parades; however, we will continue to monitor these types of events through the end of the year. Please learn more here: https://www.houstontx.gov/specialevents/covid

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

City Hall Local Lunch Market
City Hall Local Lunch Market
Fall Dates TBD

The new City Hall Local Lunch Market will offer the public a variety of prepared, ready to eat foods. Creative items by local artists will also be available for sale, all amidst Houston’s dramatic downtown urban setting.

CIGNA Sunday Streets Houston
CIGNA Sunday Streets Houston
Fall 2020 Dates TBD

Cigna Sunday Streets Houston opens a stretch of streets normally reserved for cars and other vehicles to allow cycling, walking, dancing, socializing and provides a family-friendly opportunity to be physically active.

Veterans Day Celebration
Veterans Day Celebration
November 11, 2020

The health and safety of our Veterans, their families, and supporters is our number one priority, therefore we will not stand up a Veterans parade or outdoor ceremony. Please check this website for upcoming details on how we will celebrate and honor our distinguished Veteran community.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
71st Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 26, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events will not produce the 2020 H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first cancellation in the event’s 71-year history. While this year’s event will go dark, we are thankful for all that Houston has to offer and look forward to planning a spectacular 2021 parade.

Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
December 2020

With the cancellation of public gatherings due to Covid-19, the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular event will be reimagined to celebrate the sites and sounds of the holiday season. Stay tuned for more details.

Tour de Houston
Tour de Houston
March 2021

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.

Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade
Acres Homes Juneteenth Parade
June 2021

The 2020 parade was canceled due to COVID-19. Please look for our online application early next year for the 2021 parade.

Freedom Over Texas
Shell Freedom Over Texas
July 4, 2021

2020 text below:

Due to the pandemic, Shell Freedom Over Texas waill be modified in order to continue to keep Houstonians safe. This year we will celebrate July 4 with the Houston Symphony, including live and virtual guests. The 3 hour event will be available via ABC13 Houston.

Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
August 2021

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 ...

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.

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#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