The 2019 Spring Festival Season is expected to be even busier than usual. The sooner you submit a completed Austin Center for Events application for your special event, the better. Get started with the Spring Festival Planning at a Glance Guide that has answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Special Event permitting process, then visit the ACE event planning page for details on permit deadlines, fees, and a link to the ACE application portal.
Event planners are encouraged to apply now through ACE. The City of Austin department implemented a new deadline for temporary permit applications.
Applications for special events being planned during Spring Festival 2019 (March 8 to March 17) must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8.
ACE defines Spring Festival Season as the time period from early to mid-March with a high concentration of events in and around downtown core including the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference, festivals, and associated events as well as increased spring break activities and visitors.
The February 8 deadline will provide ACE staff time to thoroughly review each special event application and assess the cumulative impact of spring events on overall safety, mobility, sustainability, and quality of life in the city.
ACE encourages event planners who are considering hosting events during Spring Festival 2019 to fill out and submit complete applications under the Event Planning section on its CityStage website at www.austintexas.gov/citystage. CityStage also has tools and resources available to make the application and temporary permitting process easier to understand including the new 2019 Spring Festival Event Planning at a Glance guide.
Event planners with questions about the 2019 Spring Festival application deadline or the special event temporary permitting process can contact 512-974-1000 or SpecialEvents@austintexas.gov.