Contact the City When Planning Your Next Big Event
Special Events help create a vibrant and interesting community. Simi Valley enjoys dozens of carnivals, fairs, car shows, art shows, fundraising walks/runs, concerts, and other cultural events each year. These events require a lot of planning and may require City services and regulations to run smoothly.
If you are planning a Special Event, please contact the City of Simi Valley Customer Services Division at (805) 583-6736 to see what you need and how the City can help.
Promote Your Special Event
List your special event for free on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Events Calendar. You do not need to be a Chamber member to list your event.
City Support of Special Events
Each year, the City provides financial support for a limited number of special events to promote development of new and expansion of existing cultural, educational, and entertainment events taking place within Simi Valley, benefiting Simi Valley, and bringing people to Simi Valley. To be eligible to receive City support, event organizers must meet the following criteria:
Event organizer must obtain a Special Event Permit from the City
Event organizer must be a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS
Event organizer must provide the City with a report describing how City funds were used and containing the outcomes of anything described in the recipient's application for funding
Event organizer must have a Board of Directors with meetings open to the public.
For calendar year 2018, the City provided $25,000 in special event support, while receiving 8 applications requesting $41,500 in City support.
A Special Event Support Review Committee, comprised of community members appointed by the City Council, review all applications for City support and make funding recommendations to the City Council, which then ultimately determine recipients for funding each year. The following preferences are considered during review of applications:
Preference to fund events where event proceeds are used locally within Simi Valley
Preference to fund events with greater community/public benefits over events with lesser community/public benefits
The Special Event Support Review Committee reviewed the 2018 applications at a public meeting in December 2017, and the City Council formally awarded funding to six recipients on January 8, 2018.
Information regarding the Applications for 2019 events will be provided later in the calendar year.
If you are a successful grantee and wish to use the City's logo to recognize the City as an event sponsor, you must submit an Application for Use of City Seal, Logo, and Flag.
For more information about City support for special events, please E-mail the City Manager's Office or call (805) 583-6853.