Public Events Department

The City of Fort Worth’s Public Events Department oversees the operations of downtown’s Fort Worth Convention Center and Arena, as well as the Will Rogers Memorial Center and Coliseum in the Cultural District. The two event facilities welcome more than 3 million visitors each year from conventions, sporting events, national equestrian and livestock events, consumer shows and corporate and social events.

Office of Outdoor Events

Any outdoor gathering on public or private property that attracts more than 500 attendees, requires a street to be closed, sells food or beverages, or uses tents, stages, bleachers, fireworks, open flames or portable toilets requires a permit through the Office of Outdoor Events. Learn more here»


Will Rogers Venue Taxes

As part of the funding for the City's share of Dickies Arena, the Fort Worth City Council adopted three venue taxes in June 2017 to be assessed for all events taking place at Will Rogers Memorial Center and Dickies Arena. The taxes were approved by voters in a Nov. 4, 2014 election. These venue taxes include an Admissions Tax, Parking Tax and a Livestock Facility Use Tax. The adopted rules and reporting forms are available to download below.

Department Leadership

Public Events Director Mike Crum

Mike Crum


Mike Crum is a finance-oriented C-Suite executive with more than 30 years of experience with venue, event, and destination management. Competencies include venue development, venue management, sports franchise management, event management, destination management, financial management, strategic planning, risk management, economic development, community leadership and government relations.