Office of Special Events

Welcome to the Office of Special Events

Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order

Kent County Health Department COVID-19 Update

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington following 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order

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 in the blue banner at the top of the Office of Special Events’ webpage. If you’re postponing or cancelling your event, please contact the OSE at 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 3/24/20)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 calls for the cancellation of all events and temporary suspension of all in-person operations that are not necessary to protect or sustain life for the next 3 weeks. Although special events are important to our future as a community and success as an organization, they are not categorized as an essential service. All special event permit services are suspended until further notice. OSE staff is available by e-mail or phone to assist in future planning: Office of Special Events or 616-456-3378 (option 3).

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.

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

We appreciate your desire to brighten your city. Currently, the option to customize lighting for the Blue Bridge is not available. 

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