Plan An Event

PLAN AN EVENT

Yerba Buena Gardens is the perfect location to plan an event. Corporate gatherings, private picnics, large parties, open-air weddings, and photo/film shoots all take place at this one-of-a-kind urban location in the heart of the City’s cultural and convention district. Permits are issued for events through the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival who serve as the exclusive rental agent for YBG. Fees for rentals provide necessary and ongoing support for all of the free public programs at YBG.

How it Works

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Pick Venue + Date

Decide where + when to hold your event at YBG

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Get the Details

Review the Rental Docs + Requirements

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Submit Rental Application

Get an estimate of fees for your event

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Co-Insure + Pay

Co-Insure YBG + complete payment

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Hold Your Event

Hold your event on the planned date

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Pick Venue + Date

Call Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at 415.543.1718 for date availability.

Plan An Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Get the Details

Venue Options
Yerba Buena Gardens has many flexible open spaces to rent—from large to intimate—amid its expansive lawns, pocket gardens, terraces and plazas. Review the venue summary table below to see if a venue will accommodate your space size and guest quantity requirements.

Tenting can be permitted for some venues. Tenting, catering and furnishings are not provided. YBG is adjacent to ample parking, public tranisit, hotels and the Moscone Center.

Rental Fees
Rental of each venue is based on event scope, specific requirements, and location. Please submit a Rental Application to receive an estimate for your event.

The following fees may be applicable for renting a YBG venue:
• Location Fee
• Service Fee | Maintenance, Security + Permits
• Branding Fee | If applicable

VenueDimensionsSq FtStanding CapacitySeated Capacity
Esplanade585′ x 583′340,0005,0001,000
Terrace20′ x 240′5,800500200
East Garden90′ x 90′8100500200
Children's Garden85′ x 100′85,0002,000500
Carousel Plaza60′ x 30′1,800200100
Jessie Sq | Upper Pond77′ x 55′4,250300100
Jessie Sq | Full Area187′ x 158′29,500500300
N Mission St | Parking Cutout9′ x 78′7003 Cars/2 Lg TrucksN/A
S Mission St | Parking Cutout8′ x 80′6403 Cars/2 Lg TrucksN/A
Howard St | Parking Cutout10′ x 80′8003 Cars/2 Lg TrucksN/A

Review Rental Docs | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Website

Apply for Event Permit | Yerba Buena Gardens

Submit Rental Application

Yerba Buena Gardens | Rental Relationships

Permits are issued for events at YBG through Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. It serves as the rental agent for YBG. Fees for rentals provide necessary and ongoing support for all of the free public programs at YBG.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has a dedicated team to support your event needs. Janitorial, security, landscaping and engineering services are provided by Yerba Buena Gardens.

You must secure an Event Permit to hold an event at YBG. Permits are required for the following activities:
• Corporate Events
• Groups of more than 25 people
• Film Shoots taking more than just a few minutes or using talent, models + professional equipment including: lighting, tripods, reflectors, etc.
• Student Film Shoots

If you are planning an event with these activities or group size, you must contact Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in advance of your event date to secure a permit.
• Special event permits require 30 day advance notice
• Film/photo shoot permits require 72 hr advance notice

Co-Insure + Pay | Yerba Buena Gardens

Co-Insure + Pay

Proof of insurance is not required to submit a Rental Application. However, an event permit will not be issued without proper insurance which must be received 72 hours prior to an event date.

Valid proof of insurance must include all of the following:

• Certificate of Liability Insurance issued from the applicants insurance carrier
• $2 Million Dollar “umbrella” rider for the activity
• Naming Yerba Buena Arts + Events as the certificate holder
• Naming MJM Management Group, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure and the City County of San Francisco as additionally insured on the certificate

Hold Your Event | Yerba Buena Gardens

Hold Your Event