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Office of Outdoor Events

Any outdoor gathering on public or private property that attracts more than 500 attendees, requires a street to be closed, sells food or beverages, or uses tents, stages, bleachers, fireworks, open flames or portable toilets require a City permit effective Oct. 1, 2010. The rules also apply to parades, neighborhood events requiring the use of city streets, events in parks and some First Amendment activity.

Events conducted entirely on the property of a church, educational institution, college or university campus, or on property containing an occupied residence are exempt. Additionally, events per contracts with the City or at City-owned facilities and at the Texas Motor Speedway are exempt.

Event organizers are required to apply to the City by a date certain in order to obtain approval to have the event placed on the City’s Events Calendar and attend the Pre-Event Committee Meeting — and must provide notice to surrounding property owners. The two committees are in charge of scheduling events, reviewing event plans and applications. The Events Calendar Committee includes City staff and representatives from Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., Cultural District, Fort Worth South, Chambers of Commerce and the Stockyards. The Pre-Event Committee includes City staff and representatives from The T, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and Stakeholders. A designated employee from the City’s Public Events Department will serve as the special events manager to coordinate the process.


Certificates of Insurance

Certificates of Insurance should be mailed to:

Attn: Outdoor Events Manager
Public Events Department - Office of Outdoor Events Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76112

Other Information

View information on Fort Worth street classifications in the Master Thoroughfare Plan.

Staff Contact: Cynthia Alexander, 817-392-7894



Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure: 6 a.m. April 25; Ridgemar Mall and Surrounding St.

Music Miles 5K: 6 a.m. April 25; Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road, Keller

Honor Ride Texas: 7:30 a.m. April 25; Stockyards Outdoor Events District

Lao New Year Festival & Parade: 1 p.m. April 25-April 27; Wat Lao Thepnimith Temple, 7105 Marvin Brown; NBH 76179

American Public Transportation Association Bus Rodeo & Conference: 8 a.m. April 29-May 3; Stockyards Outdoor Events District

American Public Transportation Association Conference: 7 p.m. May 4; Convention Center Events Plaza

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