Andrew Molera State Park: SPECIAL EVENTS/FILMING

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Special Event Permits
The Big Sur Sector permits “elopement” style ceremonies at this park with an approved Special Event Permit. Elopements are suitable for those wishing to have a very small (10 people or less) low-key event in a rustic, outdoors location that must be hiked into.  There are no exclusive access sites at this park.  Receptions and/or catered events are not permitted at this park.  Seating is not available.  You may apply for an “elopement” permit up to six (6) months in advance.  Applications received less than thirty (30) days prior to the event date are subject to additional fees and restrictions.

Events conducted by for-profit and/or non-profit entities may occur with the approval of a Large Event – Special Event Permit or an Annual Special Event PermitLarge Event applications must be received at least sixty (60) days in advance of the event date in order to be considered.

For more information, download the information packet:
2020 Elopement Special Event Information Packet

Contact the Special Event Coordinator at 831-667-0507 or for availability, permit & fee information, Large Event permit information, or to apply for a Special Event Permit.

Photography Permits
All film shoots (still or motion) at this park and all other California State Parks must have a valid film permit issued by the California Film Commission (CFC). Film shoots on weekends or holidays are not allowed. Film shoots may not interfere with any park programs. The film permit process requires a minimum of two (2) weeks to process from the date that the park receives your pending CFC permit application and a completed Motion Picture Activity Form issued by the park. To check availability, contact the Special Event Coordinator at 831-667-0507 or

To apply for a film permit with the CFC, please visit

For more information about filming in California State Parks and FAQ page, please visit 

For information regarding filming in Monterey County, please visit

 More information: Film Production in California State Parks


Photograph courtesy of Sharon Pieniak