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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 76102

Other Information

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

Staff Contact: Cynthia Alexander, 817-392-7894



Tarrant County Harambee Festival & Anti-Bullying Rally and Parade: 9 a.m. Oct. 1, 2016; Near Southside Outdoor Events District/Evans Plaza.

Urban Traders Market: 11 a.m. Oct. 1, 2016; NBH 76116 - Near Southside District.

Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association Parade and Festival: noon Oct. 1, 2016; Downtown Outdoor Events District - Water Gardens.

Band Entertainment Stockyards Station: 1 p.m. Oct. 1, 2016; Stockyards Outdoor Events District.

Arts Google: Oct. 7, 2016-Oct. 9, 2016; Near Southside Outdoor Events District.

North Texas Bicycle Rally: 8 a.m. Oct. 7, 2016; NBH 76248 (From Byron Nelson High School Tropy Club, TX).

First Amendment Event - Girls Inc., "Day of the Girl March": 2 p.m. Oct. 7, 2016; Downtown Outdoor Events District .

McLean Madhatter's 5th Annual Event: 6 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016; McLean Middle School & Surrounding Streets.

The Cowtown CALF 5K & 15K Run: 6:30 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016; Trinity Park and surrounding streets.

Compassion in Action Race: 7 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016; NBH 76116 .

Gear Up to End Hunger: 8 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016; Downtown District/Water Gardens/Cultural/Clearfork.

Historic Handley Street Festival: 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016; Eastside NBH 76112.

St. Andrew's Catholic School Fall Festival: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2016; Cultural District Outdoor Events District.

Lily B. Clayton PTA Elementary School/Luke's Locker Walk-a-Thon: 8 a.m. Oct. 14, 2016; School & surrounding streets.

North HiMount Elementary Walk-a-Thon: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14, 2016; 3801 W. 7th Sreet, NBH 76107 & surrounding streets.

Friday on the Green: 7 p.m. Oct. 14, 2016; Magnolia Green Park - Near Southside Outdoor Events District.

Child Study Center's Scuttle Shuttle 5K: 7 a.m. Oct. 15, 2016; TCU & Surrounding Streets.

D.O. Dash UNTHSC: 7 a.m. Oct. 15, 2016; Cultural Outdoor Events District - NBH 76107.

Lord's Acre Church Festival: 9 a.m. Oct. 15, 2016; Cultural District .

Fort Worth Fire Department Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Benefitting MDA: 11 a.m. Oct. 15, 2016; Downtown Outdoor Events District, General Worth Square.

Heritage Rockin 5K: 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 2016; NBH 76244 .

Clamato Michelada Festival: 11 a.m. Oct. 16, 2016; Downtown Outdoor Events District, General Worth Square.

Friends of the River Party on the Plaza & Fun Run: 6 p.m. Oct. 20, 2016; .

Miller Coors Family Day Celebration: 8 a.m. Oct. 26, 2016; 7001 S. Freeway.

Arlington Heights High School Homecoming Parade: 11 a.m. Oct. 26, 2016; NBH 76107 , 1401 W. Freeway - Hulen Area.

South Hills High School Homecoming Parade: 6 p.m. Oct. 26, 2016; NBH 76132, 6101 McCart Avenue.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Chuck Wagon Parade: noon Oct. 28, 2016; Northside & Stockyards Outdoor Events District.

South Hills Christian Church Fall Festival: 4 p.m. Oct. 30, 2016; NBH 76133, 3200 Bilglade Street.