Organizing a Special Event?
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.
Learn what documents, agencies, or departments require approval of your event
Get answers to your questions or concerns
See what special events are being planned or have been approved
On Nov. 21 City Council will consider adopting changes to the City Code regarding special events to be in alignment with current law and to more accurately reflect the City’s current processes and procedures. Draft language will be available online in mid-November.
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!