Welcome to the Office of Special Events
The Office of Special Events (OSE) is committed to high-quality events that display our community’s vibrancy and diversity. Event organizers and attendees can find the latest updates for Special Events and General Information on COVID-19 under the 'COVID-19 Resources' tab below. If you’re postponing or cancelling your event, please contact the OSE at email@example.com. Be sure to send your notice with a link to your posting so we can share it on our social media and post it on the City’s website. Thank you.
(as of 11/16/20)
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the MI Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) has issued an Emergency Order. Gatherings are permitted only as follows:
General capacity limitations at gatherings - Outdoor gatherings at non-residential venues:
(A) 25 or fewer persons are gathered at a venue without fixed seating, and attendance is limited to 20 persons per 1,000 square feet, including within any distinct area within the event space;
(B) 25 or fewer persons are gathered at a venue with fixed seating, and attendance is limited to 20% of seating capacity of the venue.
OSE staff is available by e-mail or phone to assist in planning: Office of Special Events firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-456-3378 (option 3).
MDHHS Pause to Save Lives Infographic
MDHHS Social Gathering Guidance
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Events + People = Community & Vibrancy
We have year-round activities and entertainment options for all Grand Rapids residents and visitors to enjoy. Browse through our upcoming events to find something fun to do.
We issue permits to promote unique, fun and creative events for all to enjoy. We permit events in the city to make sure they're accessible, safe and community focused. Want to check out the events we permit? Click here.
Need to permit your next event? View the 'Forms' section below to see which application you'll need.
Want to chat with us about details before submitting your application? We're happy to help! Email us at the email address in the Contact Us section of this page to schedule a time to talk.
Join us to experience the vibrant Grand Rapids community!