Cultural Events Portal

Cultural Events Portal

This cultural events portal will assist art and cultural institutions by providing information about available city programs, eligible open spaces to host events, and links on where to apply for outdoor permits.

Cultural institutions may apply through the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) for an Open Culture permit on specific streets citywide. More information on eligibility can be found in the guidelines tab.

If cultural institutions would like to host an event on a city street or plaza that is not a part of the Open Culture program, applicants may apply for a street event or plaza event through SAPO. If a cultural institution is interested in hosting their special event within a park, they may apply through Parks, Brooklyn Bridge Park, or Hudson River Park Trust. Icons below link to the e-apply websites where cultural institutions can apply for event permits through each agency.

Open NYC Culture Logo
NYC Parks Logo
Brooklyn Bridge Park Logo
Hudson River Park Trust Logo

Public Space Map

This interactive map allows cultural institutions to search for available public spaces to host outdoor events. Utilize the filter feature to highlight specific agency properties and event types.

Please note for clarity, that regular SAPO streets which are not depicted in this map, are not a part of the Open Culture program. If you wish to apply for a street that is not depicted, you may go directly to the SAPO e-apply. Additionally, any location that is not designated as an “Open Culture” location on the map may have different deadlines, restrictions, and guidelines.

Locations Depicted in Map:

  • SAPO Open Culture permitting locations
  • SAPO Plazas permitting locations
  • DPR special event permitting properties
  • BBP special event permitting properties
  • HRPT special event permitting properties

The Open Culture Roadmap

Click here for The Open Culture Roadmap: Tips for a Successful Performance in the Street. The Roadmap provides tips for community relations, preparation before the Open Culture event, and activity on the day of the event, and it gives examples of set ups of street performances. It is intended for Open Culture participants with little to no experience mounting productions in New York City streets.


Other Programs and Resources

DOT Art Logo

DOT Art & Event Programming commissions and oversees the installation of temporary public artwork on NYC DOT property throughout the five boroughs. Information on applying for this art program


The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest municipal funder of culture in the country and is committed to providing access to art and culture for all New Yorkers. Information on cultural funding

Browse the event calendars below to find an event that matches your interests and location.