The bid includes plans to resurrect ice skating in Carlisle Castle
Carlisle has submitted its bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2013, with city leaders saying the event could create 2,000 jobs in Cumbria.
The "Once and Future City" bid has been sent to ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The groups behind the bid hope the area's potential for economic legacy will help it triumph over more than 20 other cities vying for the title.
The winning city will host a selection of national cultural events.
Chair of Carlisle Renaissance Bryan Gray said: "Whether we are successful in the City of Culture competition or not this is a blueprint for pushing culture higher up the city's agenda.
"Together we can all do much more to create an economic and wellbeing legacy."
The bid outlines a cultural programme including bringing back the town's Great Fair and ice skating within Carlisle Castle.
A shortlist from the various bids submitted on Friday will be announced early in 2010.