Public Event Law and Legal Definition

A public event, as the name suggests, could refer to any event open for the general public. Exhibitions, expositions, fairs, festivals, entertainment, cause-related, fundraising, and leisure events are all examples of a public event. Any event that is a one-time or periodic, free or ticketed, cultural, charitable or cause-related, and conducted for the purpose of attracting revenue, support, awareness, and/or for entertainment purposes, and created by and/or for the general public is generally referred to as a public event.

In Home Builders Ass'n v. L & L Exhibition Mgmt., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23525 (E.D. Mo. Aug. 13, 1999), the court held that a public event is one where people can go see a wide variety of individuals and firms selling goods and services.