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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 09/08/20)
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-110 limits outdoor events & gatherings to 100 people or less, so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another. In addition to this, any individual who leaves their home or place of residence must wear a face covering over their nose & mouth when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household per Executive Order 2020-153. OSE staff is available by e-mail or phone to assist in planning: Office of Special Events email@example.com or 616-456-3378 (option 3).
The Bridge GR
The City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Experience GR have teamed up to bring The Bridge Grand Rapids to the city in September 2020. The Bridge Grand Rapids is a month-long series of events and art experiences that will safely and responsibly bring all our communities together in downtown Grand Rapids this Fall.
Events will follow state guidelines on crowd capacity, PPE, and other Covid-19 protocols based on current guidelines on the specific event date. For more information including events, dates and locations click here.
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!