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Fort Collins is a vibrant, active community and one of the most exciting places to live in the country! Our residents enjoy outdoor events, festivals and concerts all year long in our beautiful parks, neighborhood streets, and in our thriving downtown. Special events provide more than fun, they create opportunities for our community to connect, to celebrate our diverse heritage, and to express our creative energy.

The Special Event staff is here to help guide event producers through the permitting requirements and regulations to be considered when planning a special event in Fort Collins. We act as a liaison to the various City departments involved in making sure all events are held safely and responsibly.   We also serve as a resource for the community, providing information about the many festivals, outdoor concerts, runs, walks and parades held in the City each year.

What is a Special Event?

A special event is a race, parade, festival, concert or other gathering, that utilizes public streets, sidewalks or parks in the City of Fort Collins, and requires approval by one or more City departments. You can find all of the details, requirements and applications on this website.

If you would like to produce a special event in Fort Collins, please start by taking a look at the Event Planning Guide and the Frequently Asked Questions pages. If you have questions, or if you want to start the Special Event Permit application process, please contact us. We're ready to help!


Jan Sawyer
Special Events Coordinator


PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to use Fort Collins’ Old Town Square for your event, please contact the Downtown Development Authority for information about holding events there.