Austin is a vibrant community that hosts hundreds oflocal, national, and international events each year—ranging from music concerts, food festivals, and racingcompetitions, to parades, art exhibitions, and family fun.As our city continues to thrive, special events enrichAustin’s quality of life and boost economic prosperity.The goal of the Austin Center for Events (ACE) is to keepall of those events safe.
The Austin Center for Events oversees the permittingand planning for temporary special events and festivals inthe City of Austin.
ACE is an interdepartmental team consisting ofrepresentatives from multiple city departments,including Austin Police, Austin Fire, Austin-Travis CountyEmergency Medical Services, Austin Transportation,Austin Water Utility, Economic DevelopmentDepartment’s Music & Entertainment Division, Parks andRecreation, Austin Public Health, Code Compliance, andAustin Resource Recovery. ACE also works with severallocal agencies, such as Capital Metro and the TexasFacilities Commission, for event planning and permitting.
The Austin Center for Events Planning Guide assists event organizers through the city permitting process by providing requirements and guidelines necessary to produce a special event in the City of Austin. On behalf of the City of Austin, thank you forcontributing to the spirit and vitality of our communitythrough the production of your event.
The State of Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan Phase 1 began on March 26, 2018 with a completion date in Spring 2022. The development will impact downtown streets with utility expansions, new construction, and sidewalk enhancements in the City of Austin right-of-way this could affect an event route. Please visit https://www.tfc-ccp.org/ to sign-up for the Texas Facilities newsletter. Contact TransportationSpecialEvents@austintexas.gov for coordination assistance.
Legacy Events, or special events that have been held in the City of Austin in substantially the same form for a minimum of 20 years, may submit a Notice of Proposed Special Event Dates (pdf) for up to a five year period. Please Note: Submittal of this form does NOT guarantee these dates for your event. Additionally, ACE will review the submitted dates for any active, pending, or possible conflicts and work with event organizer to resolve those conflicts. The Austin Center for Events has the final decision on approved event dates.