Special Events

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? Complete the online application below.

 Apply for a Special Event Permit

Want to meet with us before submitting your application? We're happy to go over the details! Email us at the email address in the Contact Us section of this page. 

Join us to experience the vibrant Grand Rapids community!

We have everything you need to know to plan and permit an event in the city!

Special Event Planning and Resource Guide

Have you applied for a Special Event Permit and have feedback on the process? Complete our feedback form.

Planning an event in Grand Rapids? We've got you covered with our online forms below.

 

Special Event Permit

Planning to host an event in Grand Rapids? We help you to check venue availability and plan your event. 

Apply for a Special Event Permit

Don’t have all the information for your application just yet? That’s ok! Just submit a Reservation Form to pencil your event in on our calendar.

 

Wedding Permit

Want to get married in a park? Great choice! We've outlined the steps to apply for a permit.

Apply for a Wedding Permit

 

Film and Photography Permit

Want to film your next project in a public space? Check if you need a permit and we'll guide you through the process.

Apply for a Film and Photography Permit

 

Request Blue Bridge Lighting

Want to recognize a cause or event by lighting up the Blue Bridge? You're in the right place to request active lighting.

Request Blue Bridge Lighting

 

Rent Equipment

Need to use equipment and want to rent instead of buy? We have stages, bleachers, P.A. systems, tents and more.

Apply for Equipment Rental

We feature events happening each month. Check out our videos!

Special Events Videos