The Mayor’s Office of Special Events (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

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration
JuNE 18, 2022

Parade begins at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery, Travels north on W. Montgomery, West on Dolly Wright, Ends on 1620 Dolly Wright at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Freedom Over Texas
Shell Freedom Over Texas
July 4, 2022

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration returns to Buffalo Bayou and takes place in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks. The show will feature entertainers via live broadcast on July 4th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and closes with a spectacular fireworks show.

Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
Mayor's Back 2 School Fest
August 13, 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 ...

Cigna Sunday in the Park
Cigna Sunday in the Park
Fall 2022

Cigna Sunday in the Park provides Houstonians a unique opportunity to engage with others, meet new neighbors, and enjoy a neighborhood park. Each location will feature a theme with music, games, dancing, and fun activities for the whole family. The Houston Health Department will be onsite to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for those 5 years old and older. This event will have 3 locations in the fall.

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.

Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
December 2022

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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.

Tour de Houston
Tour de Houston
Spring  2023

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.

Family Day in the Park
Family Day in the Park
Spring 2023

The event will take place at Sylvester Turner Park, 2800 West Little York. Please note we have various volunteer opportunities.

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