Events with Alcohol
Applicants must be 21+ years of age (must provide ID when requested). Please drink responsibly.
Determine where you want to hold your event (Recreation center, park, other City facility or property, or on private property). See specific instructions for each option below.
If you plan to have alcohol for a private event on City property, look to see if a reservation is required (see options below). If so, make your reservation for the date and time you have in mind with the appropriate department.
Having a wedding reception or retirement/birthday party? You will need a reservation. Contact the Recreation Center (directly) where you would like to hold your event. Staff can assist you with your reservation and provide you with the steps you will need to follow.
Looking for a place for a family reunion, games, or an outdoor get-together?
Up to 25 people
More than 25 people
Parks Requiring a Reservation
NO kegs or glass. Be prepared to show ID to Park Rangers and/or Police personnel. Alcohol is prohibited at J Street Marina, Marina View, and Bayside Parks without a Port of San Diego special event permit.
Other City Facilities or Property
Planning a 21+ ticketed event (like a craft beer festival)? You will need a Special Event Permit - the steps to follow, along with everything you will need can be found on this page. Your application will be processed by the Office of Communications.