Production 101

Shape the Downtown experience.

Making Your Event Easier

Downtown Grand Rapids offers numerous venues and tools to help plan and pull off a wide range of events, from wedding receptions to major festivals.

Five Steps to Getting Started

  1. Google "Tips for Successful Event Planning" and bone up on the basics.
  2. Determine where you prefer to hold your event. A park, street, pedestrian bridge or some other City property? Or non-City property such as a hotel, convention center, or local university?
  3. If non-City property, see the sample list of downtown venue options below.
  4. If City property, contact the Office of Special Events (OSE) at the City of Grand Rapids. The OSE will help identify venue options and available dates. The OSE also assists with event permitting, equipment rental, street closure requests, and other city-related issues.
  5. Step 5. Once you have secured a date, a venue, and any necessary permits, your event may be eligible for financial support. Read and complete Downtown Grand Rapids Inc's Event Grant Application below to determine if your event qualifies.

Event Grant Application

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) Event Grant Support Program is designed to encourage events that enhance Downtown's energy, diversity and fun. The program offers three levels of event grant support:

  • Upstart Grants for events hosting 1 to 1,000 people;
  • Major Grants for events hosting 1,001 to 20,000 people; and
  • Signature Grants for events that host more than 20,000 people.

Download the application below to learn more about the program.

Event Grant Application (PDF)

Sampling of Non City-Owned Venues Downtown