The Community Activities Department is responsible for the facilitation of special events held within Carmel-by-the-Sea, the rental of the Vista Lobos Community room, and the oversight of the weekly Farmers’ Market. In addition to organizing annual City events, department staff work with event organizers to facilitate special event, film, and parking stall permits for other events held within the City including parks, streets, and Carmel Beach.
Carmel’s scenic views and white sand beach is a perfect location for a special event. Activities on the beach are governed by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the California Coastal Commission and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
The City Council approved revisions to Municipal Code Chapter 8.68 that require all restaurants and food vendors operating in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to utilize compostable or recyclable options for disposable food packaging, and to only provide straws and utensils upon request.
The Carmel Farmers’ Market is held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sixth Avenue between Junipero and Mission Streets and run by Golden State Farmers Market.
In addition to issue special event permits and beach event permits, the Community Activities Department also issues film permits, and parking stall permits for special events.
Carmel-by-the-Sea celebrates and supports special events that will create enjoyment for our visitors and enhance the quality of life for our residents and provide economic prosperity for our business owners.
This rustic facility was once the J.O. Handley Lumberyard and was purchased by the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1980’s and was renamed the J.O. Handley Lumberyard Community Room/Vista Lobos Facility. Today it is commonly referred to as the Vista Lobos Community Room.