Special Events

The City of Windsor offers a variety of park and outdoor special event locations throughout the city.  We can assist you with large-scale festivals at the Riverfront Festival Plaza or smaller community events at your neighbourhood park.

Major Events -- Our Team Can Help 

The Coordinator of Community and Special Events in Parks and Recreation and the Special Events Resource Team (SERT) provide guidance to organizers of events in municipal venues that require street closures, by-law waivers, or other special consideration. 

Our expertise includes assisting in organizing international, regional and community events. 

Community special events require a permit to ensure that you have priority and exclusive use of the venue and that all legal and legislated conditions are adhered to.  The sooner you contact us to obtain municipal approval, the more we can do to assist you . For more information about obtaining a special event permit, contact the Special Events Coordinator at 519-253-2300 ext. 2716 or email parkrec@citywindsor.ca

Outdoor Special Event Locations

Some of the most popular Outdoor Special Event Locations feature the picturesque riverfront parks as well as Charles Clark Square in the heart of downtown Windsor.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act

As of January 1, 2015, it is illegal to:
  • Smoke tobacco and hold lighted tobacco within 20 metres of playgrounds and sporting areas, and on spectator areas adjacent to sporting areas.
  • Smoke tobacco on bar and restaurant patios; exemption for legions that have established a restaurant or bar patio prior to November 18, 2013 that was compliant with prior regulation (no rooftop covering).
  • Sell tobacco on university, college campuses, schools, private schools and day nurseries, including private-home day cares.

For more information visit:

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act - Regulatory Changes

Staging Rentals Available 

To add excitement to your next event, rent the showmobile or mobile stage.  Staging is a fantastic way to bring entertainment to life at your next event.  For more information, see Staging and Equipment Rentals.

Detroit Free Press Marathon

Planning a Walkathon or a Road Race?

There is no better way to be active and raise funds for a worthy cause than to plan a walkathon or road race. We will help you plan your next walkathon:  just give us a call at 519-253-2300. For a list of possible event routes, please see Walkathons and Road Races

Planning a Picnic?

If you are looking for somewhere to host your next gathering, look no further than one of our picnic facilities located throughout the city.  Whether you are organizing a family reunion, a team party, a church or cultural event, or a get-together with friends, we have a location for you.  To find out more about our picnic locations visit the Picnic web page.

Getting Married? 

If a wedding is in your near future, why not think about having your special wedding ceremony outdoors in one of our many beautiful parks.  For more information on possible park options and availability visit the Weddings page.

Interested in Promoting Your Next Event?

An ideal way to promote your event is through our street banner program.  Advertise your next event by displaying your banner across Ouellette Avenue or Erie Street.  Call us today at 519-253-2300 to inquire about fees and availability.

Parks and Recreation
2450 McDougall Street
Windsor, Ontario
N8X 3N6

Telephone: For general information, call 311.
For detailed inquiries, call 519-253-2300.
Fax: 519-255-7990
Email: parkrec@citywindsor.ca