Bushnell Park is the ideal backdrop for a special occasion. It is the perfect venue for a variety of events ranging from concerts, road races, and rallies, to weddings, parades and family reunions. The combination of a beautiful, open, and public space in the heart of the city is irresistible. Whether you are hosting an event, or planning a photo shoot, Bushnell Park provides a lovely backdrop.

The park is owned and operated by the City of Hartford. A special permit is required for any event held on City property, City buildings and/or Private Property that requires specific City or State permits or authorizations, as well as the use of City services and assets. The special permit is required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of event participants, residents and visitors, and to minimize the financial and legal risks to the Event Organizers and the City. Special events include parades, sport events, concerts, theater productions, celebrations, outings, weddings, ceremonies and fairs, among others.   Click here to download a copy of the City of Hartford Special Permit application.

Applications for a Special Permit shall be filed not less than 60 days before the date of the event.

If you have further questions, you may contact Marian Andoh with the City of Hartford – 860-757-9526 or marian.andoh@hartford.gov.