Event Hosting

Pulse Street festival

The City of Peterborough is a great place to host a wide range of indoor and outdoor events. This includes events such as festivals, block parties, walks/runs, parades, competitions, concerts, fireworks, water events and family events.

Special Events Planning Guide and Application

Completing the Special Events Planning Guide and Application is the first step to hosting your event in Peterborough. The Event Organizer must complete the Special Events Planning Guide and Application a minimum of ninety (90) days prior to the event.


We have a variety of different venues for your event including:


Your event may be eligible for full or partial funding. A detailed budget that outlines all anticipated revenues and expenditures and your charitable registration number must be included in your special event application.

We also have community grants that fund local not-for-profit groups and registered charities. Applications for Community Grants typically open in the fall for projects the following year.


Insurance is mandatory for all special events. You will need to provide proof of insurance, or your event cannot take place.

Insurance provides coverage for event organizers and volunteers for third party liability claims resulting from an injury to a third party and / or damage to their property. The City of Peterborough does not provide personal property and / or injury coverage.

The amount of insurance is either $2 million or $5 million depending on the risks associated with the event.

Event accessibility

Accessibility should be at the top of your list when planning an event. Things you should consider to make your event more accessible include:

  • Accessible parking spaces
  • Public transportation
  • Paths of travel
  • Entertainment stage
  • Accessible seating
  • Accessible washrooms
  • Rest areas
  • Support persons
  • Service animals
  • Proper training for staff and volunteers

Event calendar

List your event on our event calendar and let the community know what you are planning.