Special Events

The City of San Mateo hosts and supports a variety of special events throughout the year. Many, like Eggstravaganza, the Holiday Festival of Dance, National Night Out, and the Central Park Music Series, are long-standing traditions that help to build community and provide family-friendly fun for San Mateo residents. More recent events such as the Citywide Yard Sale, Bacon and Brew Festival, and San Mateo on Ice are growing in popularity and provide year-round activities for residents and visitors alike. 

In addition to these special events that bring out hundreds of people, smaller events are happening every day at our libraries, recreation centers, parks, in the downtown, and other great locations.

Check out our event calendar for current information about community events of all sizes!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring a special event? Click here for more information!

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September Nights on B Street

Join San Mateo's newest event series as we enliven Downtown for three special evenings to celebrate the City's 125th anniversary. We'll have free live music, entertainment, dance lessons and family-friendly activities. Grab take out from a local restaurant and join us for pop-up dining, drinks and dancing in Downtown San Mateo September 5, 12 and 19.

Movies in the Park

Meet up with friends and neighbors in your favorite park for FREE Friday night movies under the stars in September. Bring a blanket, a low-back chair, then sit back and enjoy the show! Activities, crafts, and concession sales start at 6pm.

Bayside Clean-up

Each September hundreds of volunteers from local schools, organizations, and businesses gather in full force to clean up the Bay. This important event removes trash and debris from the San Francisco Bay and supports San Mateo's commitment to protecting the environment.

Health and Wellness Fair

A free annual event held at San Mateo's Senior Center offering resources, screenings, speakers, and demonstrations for seniors and those who care for them. 

Fall Festival at King Community Park

Round up your family and friends and come out to celebrate the Fall season with us! There will be lots of fun-filled games and activities for all ages. The Fall Festival will include inflatables, pick-a-pumpkin patch, music, children's crafts and more. Come on by and play some carnival games and earn some prizes. Click here for the event poster!