Plan an Event in Geneva

2024 Special Event Applications are now OPEN

If this is for a brand new event, applications must be received by April 1st, otherwise plan for 2025. Please note the City of Geneva does not accept applications for weddings or other private events that are not open to the public.

How to Get Started

Once you're certain you have the capacity to pull off an event…Please see the attachments below to help coordinate your event with the City's Events Team. You can print these or come to City Hall for hard copies. 

Please note: The City of Geneva does not accept applications for weddings or other private events that are not open and available to the public.

Liz Toner
Special Events Coordinator
City of Geneva

2024 Special Event Application

Downtown Geneva Event

If you want to plan an event in downtown Geneva, including at the lakefront, in addition to submitting a Special Events Application, we also highly suggest reaching out to the Geneva Business Improvement District (BID).

Catherine Price
BID Executive Director 

Lauren Bohrer
BID Event Planner 

Street Closure Request

The City of Geneva will accept applications for street closures for an event. Submission of an application does not guarantee approval. Please apply for a street closure request as soon as possible, so that the appropriate departments can be notified. Please contact the City's Special Events Coordinator for an application. 


Will you be having fireworks at your event? If so, please see Fireworks Application and Regulations (PDF). Please call 315-789-6305 with any additional questions.

Liquor Authority

All events that are considering selling or serving alcohol need to abide by the state liquor licensing requirements for serving alcohol on public property, and will need to complete the Liquor Authority Form in order to do so.

Liquor, beer, and wine may not be sold or handled in any City of Geneva property except with a valid state liquor license and after the City Manager gives special permission in writing. Please note special insurance requirements if alcohol is being served or sold. Any and all alcohol sales must come directly from a bar or 3rd party licensed vendor and be served in non-breakable containers.

In order to obtain the permit, the event must also submit a detailed plan on how they will control the area and drinking age. Suggested routes include wristbands and ID checks.

Banner Display

Are you interested in having your banner displayed across Seneca Street to increase your marketing efforts?
The Seneca Street banner placement is on a first come, first serve basis and fills up quickly. Please plan ahead and contact DPW, to schedule the desired banner time period.

Find the Banner Application (PDF).