Organizations and businesses are welcome to host events in the City of Escondido with an approved Special Event Permit application.

The city recommends submitting your permit application 60-90 days prior to the event date that you are considering.

Permit application submission and approval steps:

  1. Email or Call the Special Events Supervisor Patrick Martinez at or 760-839-4022 to discuss the location and date to ensure that it is available or Fill out this form with a brief description of your event with the desired date and time and location so that our team can check to see if there are any other events scheduled for that location. Special Event Permit Application 
    1. What date and location are you considering for your Special Event?
    2. Will there be alcohol served at this event?
    3. Is this a Private or Public event?
    4. How many participants are you anticipating for your event?
  2. Once the initial information is provided, city staff will contact and provide the permit application for your event.  
  3. The application then goes through a city staff review process to check to see if any additional permits are needed, and to see if the event will require any additional fees for support such as police, fire or public works, etc.
  4. The event applicant is then sent a Letter of Conditions outlining the items needed to collect for approving the event with any additional requirements or costs
  5. Make sure to submit your event, once you receive your Letter of Conditions to

Additional Contact information: Community Services Department

Annual Special Events hosted in the City of Escondido:

Walk for Animals – Kit Carson Park

5k run/walk Fundraisers – Kit Carson Park

Ultra-Marathon – Dixon Lake/ Daley Ranch

Mountain Bike Races – Dixon Lake/Daley Ranch

50th High School Reunions – Grape Day Park

Street Fairs – Grand Avenue

National Night Out – East Valley Community Center

Disc Golf Tournaments – Kit Carson Park

Multi-Cultural Events – Grape Day Park

High School Cross Country Meets – Kit Carson Park & Jesmond Dene Park

Grape Day 5k – Old Escondido and Grand Avenue

Trunk or Treat with Escondido PD – Grape Day Park

Tamale Festival – Grape Day Park

Veterans Parade – Grand Avenue

Endurance running races – Dixon Lake/ Daley Ranch

Christmas Parade – Grand Avenue