The Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) accepts applications between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for City observed holidays. MOSE is located in City Hall, 901 Bagby, 1st Floor, Houston, Texas 77002. Please refer to for more detailed information and FAQs.

The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.

Civic celebration is vital to the spirit of Houston. The Mayor's Office of Special Events produces and permits events that enhance the image of the city and highlight Houston 's diverse culture. In addition to event production, the Mayor's Office of Special Events processes requests for special events, parade and street function permits, evaluates event co-sponsorship on city property, and provides production assistance for sponsored, co-sponsored, or fee-paid events. The goal of the Mayor's Office of Special Events is to promote consistent quality, family-oriented entertainment to Houston citizens and visitors. More About MOSE ...



Cigna Sunday in the Park

CIGNA Sunday
in the Park

December 10

Cigna Sunday in the Park provides Houstonians a unique opportunity to engage with others, meet new neighbors, and enjoy a neighborhood park. Each location will feature a theme with music, games, ...

Sunday in the Park

MLK Day Parade


January 15, 2024

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The 45th ANNUAL ORIGINAL MLK PARADE will begin at 10 a.m., MONDAY, JANUARY 16, starting at the intersection of Smith and Lamar streets in downtown Houston.

Parade Website

Tour de Houston

Tour de

Spring 2024

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This annual event offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with bike routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. ...

Tour de Houston


Juneteenth Celebration


June 2024

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Parade begins at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery, Travels north on W. Montgomery, West on Dolly Wright, ...

Juneteenth Parade

Shell Freedom Over Texas

Shell Freedom
Over Texas

July 4, 2024

Houston’s signature patriotic celebration at Buffalo Bayou and takes place in Eleanor Tinsley and Sam Houston Parks. The show will ...

Freedom Over
Texas Website

Back 2 School Fest

Mayor's Back 2
School Fest

August 2024

The Mayor’s Back to School Fest Presented by Shell is designed to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area elementary school students and their families as they prepare to return to school. ...

Back 2 School
Fest Website


Veterans Day Celebration

Veterans Day

November 11, 2024

The City is proud to pay tribute to our men and women in the military by providing an annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration”. This civic celebration honors and celebrates ...

Vet Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day Parade

75th Annual H-E-B
Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 28, 2024

The 75th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 28, 2024 at 9 a.m. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, ...

Thanksgiving Day
Parade Website

Mayor's Holiday Spectacular

Mayor's Holiday

December 2024

The Mayor and Reliant will kick off the holiday season at the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. The public is invited to Hermann Square at City Hall ...

Mayor's Holiday
Spectacular Website


To apply for permission to hold a special event in a park or public space, please submit a Special Event Application (.pdf). You may submit the application along with the applicable non-refundable application fees by mail or in person.

Applying for an Event?
Please click more to the right for more info and following filing deadlines ... More ...

Parades, Street Functions & Park / Other Events
The Mayor’s Office of Special Events accepts applications between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for City-observed Holidays. Applications for a parade or street function permit may be filed no earlier than the 365th day prior to the date of the requested parade ... More ...




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