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Event orchestration | 26 February 2020

20 Baltimore Event Venues That Your Attendees Will Love

Jacob Thomas

Planning to host a business conference, fundraiser gala, or personal get-together in Baltimore? Take a look at the top 20 venues the city has to offer.

Baltimore is a large metropolitan area with a historic past. Native Americans inhabited the land for centuries, though many of the tribes that once lived there had moved on by the time the city was officially founded in 1729. Since then, Baltimore has become the 30th most populous city in the U.S., as well as the largest independent city in the nation. It’s been called home by notable celebrities like Edgar Allen Poe, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michael Phelps. And it’s the town in which both Johns Hopkins Hospital and University are located.

Due to Baltimore’s large size and long history, it’s no surprise that the city is full of amazing event venues. Keep reading to learn the top 20 event spaces that the town has to offer.

1. The George Peabody Library

Source: Twitter

Location: Mount Vernon

Capacity: 200

The George Peabody Library, operated by and located near Johns Hopkins University, is a one of a kind event venue that’s perfect for “weddings, dinners, and events of all kinds.” What makes it such an ideal spot? First off, the architecture is incredible. A massive skylight looks over six tiers of iron-cast balconies, each filled with books ranging from the Renaissance period to the 19th century. That’s why they call it the “Cathedral of Books.” And second, every conference, business meeting, or private function you host at the Library helps to preserve the historic building, which was first erected in 1878. For small to medium-sized events, you can’t beat the George Peabody Library when it comes to Baltimore event spaces.

2. The Center Club

The Center Club - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Club + Resort Business

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 400

The Center Club claims to be the “center of something extraordinary.” We’d have to agree with the club’s assessment — it’s one of the top event venues in Maryland! It’s also Baltimore’s only Platinum City Club and widely considered to be a top 100 City Club worldwide. All of these accolades mean it’s the perfect spot to host your next business meeting, fundraiser gala, or tie-the-knot ceremony. If you do, you’ll get to choose from nine distinct event spaces and treat your guests to incredible harbor views, delicious catered meals, and free WiFi. You’ll also have the chance to work with an experienced events team who will ensure your event goes off without a hitch. What’s not to love about the Center Club?

3. Pitango Bakery and Cafe

Pitango Bakery and Cafe - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Pitango

Location: Fells Point

Capacity: 150

Pitango Bakery and Cafe is a unique restaurant and event venue that was launched in 2015 by the same folks who own the popular Pitango Gelato shop around the corner. The cafe was inspired by Italian bakeries and sandwich shops and is committed to only using quality ingredients in its tasty dishes. When it comes to event venues, Pitango is an excellent choice for your next business or personal gathering due to its waterfront location, open and flexible floor plan, high ceilings, and outdoor patio seating. If you want laid back class for your next get-together, book Pitango. You won’t regret it!

4. Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: CharcoalBlue

Location: Mount Vernon

Capacity: 541

Baltimore Center Stage was founded in 1963. 15 years later, it was designated the State Theater of Maryland. And in 2017, the venue underwent a massive $28 million renovation, ensuring that it will be able to continue hosting high-quality theatrical productions, musical performances, corporate functions, and private gatherings for years to come. Book your next event here and choose from one of 10 unique spaces, including the Deering Lobby with two bars and an open atrium; the Pearlstone theater, which can seat up to 541 people; and the Nancy K. Roche Chapel, which features beautifully painted windows. No matter which location you choose, your guests are in for a real treat.

5. Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Baltimore Magazine

Location: Johns-Hopkins-Homewood

Capacity: 363

The Baltimore Museum of Art, better known as the BMA, has been showcasing exciting exhibitions for diverse audiences since 1914. It currently has 95,000 pieces from around the world — many of which your guests will be able to view if you choose to host your next event at this award-winning venue. There are four exquisite spaces available for rent: the Fox Court, which features a soaring coffered ceiling and Ionic columns; the Antioch Court that sports floor-to-ceiling windows and an amazing collection of Antioch sculptures; the BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium, a theater equipped with quality A/V tech; and Gertrude’s Restaurant, which has an outdoor garden that overlooks the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.

6. The Grand Baltimore

The Grand Baltimore - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: The Grand Baltimore

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 3,000

The Grand Baltimore has a storied history as one of the city’s most unique structures. Built in 1866, the Grand was originally used as the headquarters for the Maryland Freemasons. 130 years later, the building underwent massive renovations and opened again in 2005 as a premier event venue. Book one of the Grand’s 19 spaces for your next business meeting or personal get-together and experience amazing architecture, luxurious appointments, and top-notch catering options. We should also mention that the Grand Baltimore connects to the Embassy Suites Hotel via Skywalk, making is incredibly convenient for out-of-town guests who need lodging after your gathering.

7. Rams Head Live

Rams Head Live - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: DC Social Guide

Location: Inner Harbor

Capacity: 1,500

Ready to host a killer rock show in Baltimore? Then book Rams Head Live immediately. This venue has been hosting some of your favorite musical artists since 2004 and is fully loaded with all the sound and lighting equipment you need to throw a rockin’ party. But here’s the thing: Rams Head Live can also host other kinds of events with ease and professionalism. Bring your corporate gatherings, award shows, and private parties and enjoy the venue’s flexible, multi-level space, five full bars, and great location.

8. Rawlings Conservatory

Rawlings Conservatory - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Rawlings Conservatory

Location: Druid Hill Park

Capacity: 240

There’s something incredibly peaceful and restorative about the Rawlings Conservatory, which was established in 1888. From the venue’s five greenhouse settings to its two display pavilions to its multiple outdoor gardens, everything about Rawlings Conservatory is designed for beauty and relaxation. Book its facilities for any business meeting, charity event, or wedding ceremony that you have planned and enjoy the wide variety of foliage, picturesque views, and access to the venue’s experienced events team.

9. Urban Pirates

Urban Pirates - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Groupon

Location: Fells Point

Capacity: 49

Choosing the right event venue for your next employee appreciation dinner or personal party is often difficult. You want to select a space that’s fun, but not overused and cliche, right? As it turns out, Urban Pirates is the perfect location for folks looking to host a great time and not take themselves too seriously. You and your guests will board an actual ship, dress up like pirates, and sail around the Inner Harbor as you participate in entertaining activities and drink adult beverages. Sound like fun? Then book Urban Pirates today.

10. M&T Bank Stadium

M&T Bank Stadium - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: The Business Journals

Location: Baltimore, MD

Capacity: 2,000+

M&T Bank Stadium is the home of the Baltimore Ravens, the professional football team that exhilarates sports fans every Sunday between September and January. You can make the stadium the backdrop of your next business or personal event too. Book one of the venue’s spaces and treat your guests to amazing city views, expertly crafted food menus, and the excitement that comes with attending an event inside a pro sports environment.

11. The Hideaway

The Hideaway - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Facebook

Location: Mount Vernon

Capacity: 150

True to its name, the Hideaway is your favorite “neighborhood secret.” Tucked away beneath the streets of Mount Vernon, this venue can be customized to accommodate your dream event vision. Simply choose the space you want to rent — there are multiple, including an outdoor patio — and then connect with the venue’s experienced events team to iron out every detail for your next business meeting, cocktail dinner, or personal celebration.

12. The Shrine of St. Anthony

Source: YouTube

Location: Clarksville, MD

Capacity: 90

The Shrine of St. Anthony is a holy place that’s run by the Conventional Franciscan Friars. The late Italian Renaissance building was originally erected in 1930 and still hosts religious ceremonies to this day. But don’t worry, you don’t need to plan a church service to book St. Anthony’s. Non-religious retreats, meetings, and celebrations can also be held in one of the Shrine’s five available spaces, which include an outdoor courtyard, a beautiful library, and a cozy conference room. If you don’t mind a short drive outside of Baltimore, we definitely recommend the Shrine of St. Anthony for your next event!

13. Baltimore Country Club

Baltimore Country Club - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Jackson Photography

Location: Roland Park

Capacity: N/A

Like many of the venues on this list, the Baltimore Country Club has a long history. It was founded in 1898, hosted the fifth ever U.S Open Golf Championship a year later, and expanded to include a second location in the 1920s. Today, the club is widely recognized as a top 50 club in the nation and a top 100 club worldwide. Not bad! Book your next business or personal event in this storied location and gain access to numerous spaces, a talented culinary team, and an experienced event coordinator. Just know that only club members (or specific folks that they decide to sponsor) can rent the Baltimore Country Club due to its private nature.

14. Spark Baltimore

Source: Twitter

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 250

Spark is Baltimore’s most creative co-working space. It’s also an excellent event venue for small to mid-sized gatherings — especially those hosted for business purposes. Bring your conferences, training seminars, and networking events to Spark and enjoy flexible space, modern tech equipment, and an inspiring atmosphere. For corporate functions, you can’t go wrong with Spark Baltimore.

15. Woodberry Kitchen

Woodberry Kitchen - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Visit Baltimore

Location: Woodberry

Capacity: 65

Woodberry Kitchen crafts delicious dishes using only high-end ingredients grown and caught by local farmers and watermen. This commitment to quality, regionally produced food has earned the restaurant high marks from the Baltimore community. But Woodberry Kitchen has more to offer than culinary delicacies. The rustic-chic space can also be rented for private events. If an upscale atmosphere and tasty cuisine in the heart of Baltimore sounds appealing to you, we suggest booking Woodberry Kitchen for your next business meeting or personal get-together.

16. Union Craft Brewing

Union Craft Brewing - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Craft Brewing Business

Location: Medfield

Capacity: 550

The Union Craft Brewing motto and philosophy is “Beer Unites!” After all, as its website says, “Beer is the union of water, barley, hops, and yeast. A brewery is the union of beer, its brewers and the community it serves.” If you want to be a part of this sacred union, host your next corporate function, fundraiser shindig, or private soiree at Union Craft Brewing. If you do, you’ll have access to a sound system and a list of partnering bands, access to the Well Crafted Kitchen for all your catering needs, and enough space for a large crowd — AKA everything you need to host a stellar event for you and your guests.

17. The Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: The Maryland Science Center

Location: Inner Harbor

Capacity: 1,000

The Maryland Science Theater has a “history as rich as the science it shares.” The institute was founded in 1797 as an informal way for members to share their love of science. Over the years, the museum grew, added new exhibits, and began educating more annual attendees. Today, the Center is a beloved local attraction and a first-class event venue. It offers excellent views of the Inner Harbor due to its waterfront location, one of a kind entertainment options given its unique displays (hello dinosaur bones!), and a rooftop deck that will make your next party the talk of the town. No matter what your event strategy is, the Maryland Science Theater can accommodate.

18. Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Marriott Hotels

Location: Inner Harbor

Capacity: 1,600

The Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel features just under 23,000 square feet of event space, 17 event rooms, 16 breakout rooms, and a top capacity of 1,600 people. In other words, it’s big and can easily host most events, either indoors or out. All venue rentals also include quality A/V equipment, catering options, and flexible floor plans. Whether you plan to host an intimate company board meeting, a large training event for your whole organization, or Grandpa’s 90th birthday party, the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel is a great venue choice.

19. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Location: Druid Hill Park

Capacity: 180

Have you ever considered hosting an event at a zoo? Probably not… But the truth is, The Maryland Zoo is a top Baltimore event venue. It’s also the third oldest zoo in the United States, having been established in 1876, and houses an impressive collection of animals that includes African Lions, Southern White Rhinos, and Polar Bears. Imagine being able to host your next employee appreciation party, charity event, or wedding ceremony next to these majestic beasts. Now you don’t have to imagine it. You simply have to choose which of the six available spaces you want to rent, contact the zoo’s event staff, and book your date!

20. Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore Convention Center - Baltimore Event VenuesSource: Visit Baltimore

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 10,000

When it comes to Baltimore event venues, few are as flexible and accommodating as the Baltimore Convention Center. This space is large enough to easily host international conferences but also features intimate spaces for even the smallest of gatherings. The experienced staff is also very attentive and will help you lock down every detail for your get-together. Other venue amenities include state of the art A/V equipment, high-speed internet access, in-house catering, and much more. Lastly, the Baltimore Convention Center is centrally located, meaning it sits within close proximity to many hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. Do yourself a favor and book your next event, big or small, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Wrapping Up: Book the Perfect Baltimore Event Space

Baltimore is a great city with plenty of historic points of interest as well as a wide range of quality event venues to choose from. When you’re ready to host your next business meeting, fundraiser gala, or private party, take a look back through this list and choose a space that fits your needs.

Just don’t forget to invest in event management software before you throw your corporate function or personal soiree! This tool will ensure you get all the little details right for your next big gathering.

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