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PUBLIC EVENTS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS

festival in Civic Center Park and movie showing in Skyline Park

Reservation Information

Public events include festivals, concerts, runs, walks and admission-based events in parks. 

Application and 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. Applications can be downloaded from the resources section on this page.

Email your completed application to park.permits@denvergov.org or submit in-person to the Parks Permit Office: 201 West Colfax Avenue; Room 1.G.1. (Monday – Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm)

Please allow a full business day/24 hours for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

Within 7 business days of receiving your application you will be sent a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and includes a list of permit requirements.

Payment
Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:

  1. First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of total permit fees, whichever is less. This deposit is due 3 business days/72 hours after the preliminary permit has been sent.  Failure to pay the deposit will result in cancelation of your preliminary permit.
  2. Final payment: is the remaining balance is due 21 calendar days prior to your event, 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.

The Event Management Representative 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 communications from the Parks Permit Office until the organization provides a letter stating a change in  the representative.

Pavilions
If your public event utilizes the Central Park Pavilion or the City Park Pavilion, please indicate requested dates and times, including setup and tear down, in the NOTES section of the permit application.

Find more information and resources such as permit application, fees and policies on the right side of this page.

Special occasions are private, invitation-only events in parks. 

Applications for special occasions in Denver parks must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the permitted event. Please download and compete the Park Permit application.

Applications may be submitted by email to park.permits@denvergov.org or in person at the Parks Permit Office:
Webb Building, Room 1.G.1
201 West Colfax Avenue
Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Please note:

  • Allow a full business day/24 hours for the Parks Permit Office to confirm receipt of your application.

  • Within seven (7) business days of receiving your application you will be sent a preliminary permit which serves as an invoice and includes a list of your permit requirements. 
  • Two payment dates will be noted on your preliminary permit/invoice:
    • First payment: is a deposit of $500 or 50% of total permit fees, whichever is less. This deposit is due 3 business days/72 hours 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 is due 21 calendar days prior to your event, along with other permit requirements.

Find more information and resources such as permit application, fees and policies on the right side of this page.

Other Event Facilities
To reserve an event facility (City Park Pavilion, Washington Park Boathouse, Chief Hosa Lodge, etc.) please visit our event facilities page

Parks are often chosen as a place to exercise first amendment rights. A public assembly permit is required for gatherings of 50 or more people, and for exclusive use of a site.

2019 Park Permit Application (PDF)