Public Events include festivals, concerts, runs, walks and admission-based events in parks.
Application & Timeline
Applications for public events in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the first permitted day of the event. Download the application.
Email your completed application to email@example.com
Please allow one (1) business day for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.
Within seven (7) business days of receiving your application, you will be sent an email with a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and a list of permit requirements.
- Applicants may only have one active application in process per event at any time
- “Back Up” or “Rain Out” applications will not be accepted if a current application is in process for the exact same event in the same calendar year
- Any applicant that is seeking multiple dates for the same event series (i.e. summer movie series), may only apply one event/date/park per application (same permit holder and authorized agent for each application is acceptable). Denver Parks and Recreation reserves the right to determine an “event series”
Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:
- First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of the total permit fee, whichever is less. This deposit is due three (3) business days after the preliminary permit has been sent. Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancellation of your preliminary permit.
- Final payment: is the remaining balance and is due 21 calendar days prior to your permit start date, along with other permit requirements.
Event Managers and Permit Contacts
Organizations who hire third-party event managers for their public events can designate them as the permit contact, or Event Management Representative/Authorized Agent.
The Authorized Agent can also be an employee, board member or authorized individual with an official letter from the organization signed and approved by an employee or board member. Please provide the authorization letter with application submission.
This individual will be the ONLY person receiving communication from the Parks Permit Office until the organization provides a letter stating a change in the representative.
If your public event utilizes Central Park Pavilion or City Park Pavilion, please indicate requested dates and times, including setup and teardown, in the NOTES section of the permit application
*Please review important permitting resources and other requirements in the tabs below*
Additional 2021 permit notes:
- Permit applicants may cancel due to COVID-19 at any time in 2021 for a full refund
- Permit applicants may request a reschedule date due to COVID-19 when contacting the Parks Permit Office and requesting a cancelation of the original reservation request
- Rescheduled dates in 2021 (due to COVID-19) for Public Events and Assemblies (seeking to obtain historical priority status) will not be honored in 2022
- Canceled dates in 2021 (due to COVID-19) for Public Events and Assemblies will count towards historical priority status for 2022
- Dates vacated by a cancelation in 2021 (Public Events and Assemblies) may be re-permitted; however, if the dates canceled were held by an historical permit, first right of refusal for those dates/park will be offered to the historical permit holder for 2022