Downtown Special Events

The City of Brownsville recognizes that special events serve an important role in Downtown Brownsville, including building a sense of community, expressing the City’s cultural and artistic diversity, as well as entertaining and educating. 

Each year the City of Brownsville commits available resources through staff time, facilities, and equipment to provide support to these downtown events. As the number and size of downtown events grow, it is necessary to provide individuals and event organizers with a consistent process to better coordinate efforts related to event management and support. Additionally, some gatherings and organized activities may place unique demands on public resources or pose a potential danger to public health, safety and welfare. In order to plan for these demands and ensure safety, it is necessary that Main Street Brownsville receives advance notice of all downtown special events.

What is a special event?
A special event is any temporary outdoor event or gathering, using either private or public property and involves one or more of the following activities:
  • Closing a public street;
  • Blocking or restriction of public property;
  • Sale of merchandise, food or beverages on public property or on private property where otherwise prohibited by ordinance;
  • Erection of a tent; installation of a stage, band shell, trailer, van portable building, grandstand, or bleachers;
  • Placement of portable toilets (unless designated for construction purposes); or
  • Placement of temporary no-parking signs or pedestrian boundary markers on city owned property or public right-of-way.
Examples of Special events include, but are not limited to:
  • Festivals
  • Parades
  • Block parties
  • Ceremonies, memorials, or dedications
  • Concerts/Live Music
  • Sporting events – run/walks/races
  • Carnivals and other types of festivals that use city-owned property or rights-of-way
If your event meets the definition of a special event, an application must be submitted to the Downtown District Manager at least sixty (60) days before the special event in order to assure time for processing.

NOTE:  Some special events and/or activities may require permits from other City departments such as Health, Fire, Police, Parks, and Traffic.