Festivals & Events

Event Planning Information

Hamilton is currently in the CONTROL Phase - Red

Hamilton will enter Red-CONTROL within the provincial Framework for Reopening Ontario on February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am. The information below applies to the new requirements as of that date.

Some key changes under the Red – Control category include:

  • Limit of 5 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for private social gatherings where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Public events in the City of Hamilton are currently limited to virtual or drive-thru activities.
  • More information on these measures is outlined in the “COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open” and summarized at: www.hamilton.ca/publicplaces.

Are you organizing an event on City property? We're here to help. 

COVID-19 Response Plan Template & Re-Opening Guidelines: 


Park Rental Re-Opening Guidelines (PDF, 63 KB)
Events on Public Property Re-Opening Guidelines (PDF, 73 KB)
COVID-19 Response Plan Template (PDF, 256 KB)

General Rentals


General rentals are defined as private events with less than 100 people, such as:

  • Birthday parties
  • Sports activities
  • Meetings
  • Gatherings
  • Corporate functions

To rent a recreation facility, sports field or arena, visit www.hamilton.ca/recreationrentals

Community Events


Community events are defined as events open to the public that have less than 1,000 people with event components, such as:

  • Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sound Amplification
  • Inflatables (e.g. bouncy castles)
  • Small tents (e.g. 10 ft. x 10 ft.)

Complete a 2021 Community Event Request Form

Contact Information:
Recreation Division
[email protected]
Phone: 905-546-3747

Major Events


Major events are defined as events open to the public that have more than 1,000 people and/or have any one of the following:

  • Road closures
  • Alcohol
  • Tents requiring permits (larger than 60m2)
  • Temporary structures requiring permits (larger than 225m2)
  • Fireworks
  • Open flame/ fire producing device
  • Amusement rides / places of amusement

Complete a 2021 Festival & Event Approval Application

Note: applications must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to your event date.

Contact Information:
Special Events Advisory Team (S.E.A.T.)
[email protected]
Phone: 905-546-3747