Depending on the type of event, you may have multiple purposes for holding it. The majority of events have just one purpose, but some can serve more than one function (for example a conference that raises awareness about a particular health condition while also teaching people how to prevent or manage it). Think think about what exactly your event is trying to accomplish and determine which of your purposes will have the greatest impact.
Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, there may be multiple possibilities:
1) Gather a certain group of people together in one place at one time. This includes conferences, fairs, competitions, workshops, conventions and other gatherings.
2) Help delegates or participants reach a decision. Examples include electing a candidate for public office, adopting resolutions at a conference or fundraiser or deciding on new business policies.
3) Raise awareness about an issue, cause or topic of interest to the attendees. This can include fundraisers for non-profit organizations, publicizing a cause or spreading information about an event.
4) Educate people about different ideas, perspectives and opinions they might not know exist. This can include panels at conferences or teaching people how to play a sport or learn a new skill.
5) Help people develop emotions and feelings toward something in particular. Examples include raising money for a charity or fundraising, and working to increase awareness about an issue.
6) Brainstorming or problem-solving for a group of people who have the same goal but different ideas on how to reach it.
7) Offer something valuable in return for money (in other words, make a profit). Examples include conferences and trade shows.
8) Outline a new standard or set of rules for people to follow. This can include when older generations are passing down traditions and knowledge to younger ones, like when parents get together with their children on the first day of school.
9) Survey opinions and experiences from people who attend. Ultimately, this information can help you improve your products or services if you are running a for-profit organization (the results of surveys in non-profit organizations may also be helpful).
10) Provide entertainment and amusement for an audience which could potentially increase the popularity of your event.
Organizing a sports event for kids? Decide their age limit, and create an atmosphere where children under that age will not participate there. On the other hand, organizing an after-party for adults? There’s no point in watching over the age limit, and there’s nothing wrong with an all-age event.
The age of the participants is something that will decide how events go on. For example, if you are going to throw a party where children under 15 years old can participate anyway, it doesn’t matter what kind of restrictions you have in mind for drinking alcohol at the venue. Keep in mind that the court’s decision is serious, so when you organize an event with an age limit, be sure to keep the order at the time.