Special Event Planning Information

Let us help you navigate your special event this summer in Bemidji. Find helpful links and resources below to start planning your event.


A special event is considered any event in which one or more of the following occurs:

  • A temporary alcoholic beverage license is required or an existing on-sale alcoholic beverage license is authorized by the city council to dispense intoxicating liquor off-premises at the event location as part of a community festival according to City Code section 4-97(b);
  • A street, sidewalk or other public way or place is closed for the benefit of the event attendees;
  •  Use of a city park or public way which exceeds 300 attendees;
  • Amplified sound, sound device or apparatus is to be used in connection with a gathering of 100 or more attendees; or
  • The event will adversely impact a considerable number of members of the public or city resources.


If you are looking at planning a private event such as a grad party, family reunion or picnic click this link to reserve a park facility.


If you are planning a public event or gathering please fill out these forms:

Special Event Application

 If you need any help or have any questions please contact the Bemidji Parks & Recreation Office at 218-333-1859 or email parks.recreation@ci.bemidji.mn.us




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