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Event Permits The CRPD Office of Special Events assists Event Coordinators plan a successful event in the City of Columbus, while providing a positive impact to the residents and businesses.

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Event Permit Calendar The CRPD Office of Special Events maintains a calendar for events and races requiring a permit. Calendar postings are made as soon a date and location are confirmed. All events are tentative until a permit has been issued. - learn more

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Event Permit The CRPD Office of Special Events annually publishes an Event Planning Guide to help Event Coordinators use the requirements that are in place to efficiently plan and execute a successful event. This guide includes permit applications, a directory of city department contacts, selection of venue maps, an overview of city regulations and fees for city services. - learn more

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Parade Permit The City of Columbus License Section and Columbus Division of Police coordinate to permit parades on any streets or public thoroughfares. - learn more

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Rentals The CRPD Rental Services Section can assist in coordinating the rentals of shelter houses and gazebos. - learn more


Special Event Support Program The Special Event Support Program (SESP) provides funding to Columbus based organizations which have established reputation for excellence and credibility that enhances the Columbus’ overall cultural environment supports the City’s economic vitality and increases the visibility and reputation of Ohio’s capitalcity as a desirable destination for visitors.  Special events that also celebrate a community, a neighborhood or a shared cultural interest are eligible for funding if they are held in public spaces and open to the entire public. -learn more

Department Events The Office of Special Events coordinates high quality events that celebrate and showcase the City of Columbus.

Jazz and Rib Fest

Jazz & Rib Fest This highly anticipated summertime tradition offers both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque. With the addition of 33 acres of parkland along the Scioto Mile, the newly revitalized downtown riverfront provides the perfect location for hot ribs and cool jazz. - learn more


WinterFest Join us for the inaugural WinterFest, a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks. A portion of food truck and beer sales will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. WinterFest

Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River Columbus Recreation and Parks Department welcomes a variety of performing artists to Bicentennial Park for the Rhythm on the River series. Featuring everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is a great way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. - learn more