Special Events

2020 Special Event Updates

Prior to 4th of July weekend, the City of Austin released guidance on outdoor events. This guidance has been revised and update.

Previously, businesses producing events in Austin-Travis County were required to have no more than 50% capacity inside their venues and no more than 10 people outside.

Now, businesses holding weddings or wedding receptions are NOT subject to the 10-person outdoor limit. Outdoor venue spaces are not restricted to an occupancy limit, but must still comply with the DSHS protocols, including face coverings.

The 10-person outdoor limit still does not apply to religious services including churches or houses of worship; sports event venues; or adult and youth sports programs.
The COVID-19 website has been updated to reflect this guidance.

  • Businesses are required to ensure that all patrons and employees wear a face covering while inside their business unless exempted by the Order.
  • Maintain six feet distance from people outside of your household whenever possible.
  • All business establishments reopened by the Governor's Orders are strongly encouraged to operate at a capacity less than otherwise permitted to make it more feasible for customers and staff to maintain proper social distancing

Special Event Guidance During COVID-19

In addition to state health protocol guidance, the City of Austin has additional specifications for events during COVID-19.

Car Parade Guidance (English PDF)

Drive-In Concert Guidance (English PDF

Special Event Permit Application Cancellation from Spring 2020

The City received just under 200 Spring Festival Season permit applications. A list of the permit application cancellations is available. Cancellations may be for any reason, including but not limited to the Austin-Travis County Orders to prohibit mass gatherings.

Questions and More Information 

If you have questions about your event application or future plans, contact us at specialevents@austintexas.gov and we can schedule a remote meeting with you.

311 Information Dial 311 or 512-974-2000 to reach a City ambassador ready to answer any question, or assist with any issue you may have regarding City of Austin departments or services.

Stay Safe

COVID-19 Support

For special events follow Open Texas health protocol guidelines for COVID-19. 

APD Support

In case of emergency, always dial 911. For non-emergencies, dial 311 or 512-974-5000.

Submit a Police Report online to report a criminal incident to the police department or Download the APD app  to get direct access to APD services including station locations, crime prevention information, news updates, and more.

Get Around


Micromobility Guidelines People who plan to use micromobility services, like scooters and some bikes, should do so in a safe and ethical manner. Please help keep Austin moving safely.

Get Home Safe:

Friendly reminder that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Know how you're getting home before leaving for a night on the town. 

Capital Metro:

Capital Metro can help you get around. Check out routes, maps and download their app to help you navigate Austin public transit.  

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:

ABIA Ground Transportation information and a video to help you navigate ride share pick-up at the Airport. 

Explore Austin

Some locations and features may not be available during COVID-19. 

City Hall Take a tour around The People’s Gallery in City Hall (at 301 W. 2nd Street) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is always free!

Zilker Park is just south of downtown and one of our most-loved outdoor spaces. This 351-acre metropolitan park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities, and special events.

Central Library was named one of TIME Magazine’s World's Greatest Places 2018. The library is home to 500,000 books, an art gallery, rooftop butterfly garden, café, and a technology petting zoo, and more.

Austin History Center is the history division of the Austin Public Library devoted to preserving information about local businesses, residents, institutions, and more so future generations have access to our history.

The Texas Capitol is the meeting place of the Texas Legislature. Our beautiful Texas Capitol building is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols.

Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake is one of Austin's many trails. This 10-mile trail is a gem right in the heart of downtown along Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake).

Blanton Museum of Art Located on the University of Texas at Austin campus, the Blanton Museum is an art collection with nearly 18,000 works showcasing art from across the ages. Discover new and old favorites as you check out their exhibits.

Bullock Museum Discover your love of Texas history and check out their ever-changing artifacts, rare documents, photographs, and special exhibits. 

Zilker Botanical Garden Visit the botanical gardens to enjoy handsome trees, natural grottoes, and aquatic features.

Entertainment Districts Explore Austin's divers entertainment districts where you'll find everything from trendy shops and restaurants to cool live music venues, renowned museums and galleries, and scenic outdoor destinations.

South Congress South of Lady Bird Lake, South Congress is a vibrant district with great food, shops, hotels, music, and Austin history! Check out this video about SoCo.

Leave No Trace and help Keep Austin Beautiful! Minimize your impact on Austin by practicing the principles and properly disposing waste in designated areas.