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Event orchestration | 18 December 2018

20 Charlotte Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love

Jacob Thomas

When it comes to Charlotte event venues, there’s plenty of options. Keep reading to discover the 20 best locations for your next event in North Carolina’s Queen City.

Charlotte, North Carolina—the Queen City—is one of the South’s prized jewels. The town’s friendly, good-natured people enjoy this state’s rich history, natural scenic beauty, and many metropolitan entertainment options. They also have access to some amazing event venues.

We’re sure that at least one of the following historic locations, intimate lounges, or award-winning restaurants will fit your event strategy perfectly. Let’s get started!

1. Midwood Guitar Studio

Midwood Guitar Studio in Charlotte

Source: Charlotte Five

Location: Midwood

Capacity: 60

Midwood Guitar Studio is the perfect blend of historic architecture and modern rock n’ roll vibes. The building was originally built in 1944, was renovated with top of the line instruments in 2016, and is now ready to host your next private gathering or corporate event. Every rental includes AV equipment and WiFi. If you want to book a unique venue, Midwood Guitar Studio is hard to beat.

2. Howl at the Moon – Charlotte

Howl at the Moon Charlotte Event space

Source: TripAdvisor

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 350

If you’re looking to bring the party to your guests, Howl at the Moon in Charlotte is your spot—and the fun never stops. In-house entertainment is provided, drink packages and catering options are available, and the staff is professional and experienced. From networking events to fundraisers, birthday parties to corporate Christmas parties, Howl at the Moon will make sure your guests have the best time.

3. Crave Dessert Bar

Charlotte event venues Crave Dessert Bar

Source: Crave Dessert Bar

Location: Fourth Ward

Capacity: 120

Crave Dessert Bar is the epitome of class when it comes to urban loft spaces in Charlotte. Everything in this space feels like it’s supposed to be there. But you don’t host an event at Crave for the aesthetics alone. No, you bring guests here because the desserts are world-class, to-die-for tasty. Molten Lava Cake, creme brulee, gelato? This location serves it all. Host your next event at Crave and let your guests indulge a little—or a lot.

4. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

The OMB Brewery in Charlotte North Carolina

Source: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Location: York Road

Capacity: 250

Looking for a location that feels warm and inviting for your next event? The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) is a worthy choice. This award winning brewhouse offers two unique venues in one: the Grosse Festhalle, a german style beer hall perfect for any kind of event; and the covered patio with private biergarten access. Rental amenities include full AV capabilities, breakout room access, and reliable WiFi. If you really feel like treating your guests, arrange for a brewery tour. The options are endless at OMB.

5. Blackstone Shooting Sports

Charlotte Blackstone Event Space

Source: Blackstone Shooting Sports

Location: Westover Hills

Capacity: 200

We’re sure you’ve gotten pretty creative when brainstorming venue ideas for your next event. You want something unique and memorable, but capable and practical as well. Have you considered hosting your corporate meeting or private gathering at a gun range? If not, you really should. Blackstone Shooting Sports is a premier event venue in Charlotte. Whether you want to rent the entire space or just a few lanes, they’ll work to ensure your guests have an explosively good time.

6. Sophia’s Lounge

Charlotte event venues Sophia's Lounge

Source: Sophia’s Lounge

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 150

Do you know your history? Then you know that Queen Sophia Charlotte, the monarch after whom this event venue is named, was the wife of the English King George III. Like its namesake, this location is opulent and luxurious—set inside the Ivey’s Hotel, your guests can sip craft cocktails, eat food prepared by former Top Chef contestant Jamie Lynch. Host your next event in royal fashion at Sophie’s.

7. Camp North End

Open-style event space in Charlotte, NC

Source: Camp North End

Location: Druid Hills South

Capacity: 2000

A dedicated event venue, Camp North End is a blank canvas just waiting for your mark. The space has hosted a wide variety of gatherings in the past, including tech conferences, art exhibitions, and business brainstorms. The question isn’t whether this location will be suitable to your event, but which space you’d like to host it in. Camp North End offers an indoor venue and an outdoor boiler-yard. Both are bubbling over with creative energy. Make an impression with your next event and host it at Camp North End.

8. CenterStage@NODA

Noda, Charlotte event venue

Source: CenterStage@NODA

Location: Noda Arts District

Capacity: 1,000

Labeled as “Charlotte’s best kept secret”, CenterStage@NODA is an event space with a cutting edge following. Book your corporate gathering, Christmas party, or wedding reception here before it becomes the go to space for Charlotte event venues. You’ll have access to everything, from tables, chairs, and in-house caterers to security and parking personnel. When you want to take a step back and run a stress-free party, go to NODA.

9. Midtown Ballroom

Charlotte Midtown Ballroom venue

Source: Midtown Ballroom

Location: Midtown

Capacity: 250

The Midtown Ballroom offers event planners a wide open space to customize and make their own. Its beautiful wood floors and elevated ceilings provide an elegant backdrop, while your creative prowess will do the rest to make your next event unforgettable. Renters will have access to a kitchen to prepare food, sound system, and a location manager to help oversee and run your gathering. For those who enjoy having creative control over their events, the Midtown Ballroom is an excellent choice.

10. The Duke Mansion

Duke Mansion in Charlotte event location

Source: The Duke Mansion

Location: Greater Charlotte

Capacity: 2 – 300

The Duke Mansion was built over 100 years ago and is nationally recognized as a historic treasure. But modern touches such as the latest audio and visual capabilities plus readily-available WiFi make it a practical location for your next event too. Choose from four different spaces to host your company luncheon or private social meeting. As a plus, if you plan to host out-of-town guests, the space offers 20 luxurious guest rooms. At the Duke, history and current necessities collide, making for an amazing event space.

11. Discovery Place Science

Discovery space event venue Charlotte

Source: Discovery Place Science

Location: Fourth Ward

Capacity: 55 – 1,800

Discovery Place Science is all about options. Hosting a small leadership summit? Rent just one of the museum’s rooms, equipped with smart technology. What about a full, blow-out holiday party for all of your employees? Book the entire museum and give your guests one-of-a-kind entertainment options like an animal encounter, catapult pong, and liquid nitrogen wine slushies (pictured above). No matter the event you have in mind, Discovery Place Science can deliver a unique, unforgettable experience for each of your attendees.

12. The Ritz-Carlton – Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton event venue in Charlotte

Source: Ritz-Carlton

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 600

An event at the Ritz is exactly what you’d expect—classy. Specifically geared towards corporate-style gatherings, a rental for your next board meeting, company celebration dinner, or team-building event comes with top of the line AV technology, security, and VIP services. Of course, out of town guests will have the option to stay in one of Charlotte’s premier hotels. Life at the Ritz is good.

13. Whitehead Manor Conference Center

Whitehead Manor event venue North Carolina

Source: Whitehead Manor Conference Center

Location: Stonehaven

Capacity: 200

A Victorian-era manor, the Whitehead Manor Conference Center, sits on three beautiful, wooded acres and specializes in peaceful, nature-focused environments for both corporate and private events. From business training seminars to weddings, your guests will enjoy relaxing on the manor’s expansive porches, meandering through the organic gardens, and eating delicious catered food. Mix laid back vibes with the modern features you need at the Whitehead Manor.

14. Kinetic Heights

Charlotte Kinetic Heights event space

Source: Kinetic Heights

Location: Lansdowne

Capacity: 150

Finding the perfect event venue/activity for your next team building affair isn’t easy. You’ve already tried the best restaurants in town, your employees are tired of bowling and go-karts; what else is there to do? Kinetic Heights is the answer. The facility offers the only indoor ropes and Ninja Warrior courses in Charlotte—a unique environment for a wide range of team building activities. When your crew has sufficiently “roped” themselves out, gather in one of their meeting rooms and enjoy a catered meal together.

15. The Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center in Charlotte

Source: Charlotte Stories

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 20 – 17,000

From professional sporting events and star-studded concerts to intimate company board meetings, the Spectrum Center is ready to host your next event—big or small. In total this venue offers eight unique locations, including the main bowl with seating for 17,000 people, and the craft beer garden serving local brews. Each locations is fully outfitted with AV capabilities so you have the technology needed to host an amazing meeting. The sky’s the limit at the Spectrum Center.

16. The Terrace at Cedar Hill

The Terrace Charlotte event location

Source: The Terrace at Cedar Hill

Location: Charlotte

Capacity: 350

The Terrace at Cedar Hill offers indoor and outdoor spots, historic atmosphere, and stunning panoramic views of the Charlotte skyline. The wide-open spaces are equally equipped to host corporate dinners, business conferences, graduation ceremonies, and wedding receptions, with Uptown Charlotte only a few miles away. What’s not to like about this venue?

17. Pine Island Country Club

Charlotte Pine Island event venue

Source: Pine Island Country Club

Location: Coulwood West

Capacity: 200

Rolling hills and scenic views surround Pine Island Country Club, making it an ideal location for your next business meeting, employee appreciation party, or client luncheon. The Club offers four distinct venues: the Banquet Room complete with dance floor, the Member Grille with access to an open-air veranda, the Event Pavilion and bar area, and the Swim Complex — pool party, anyone? Can’t choose? Rent the entire 25,000 square foot clubhouse and throw the bash of the year. In-house catering options are also available as are a professional wait staff and AV equipment.

18. The Palmer Building

Historic Palmer building for events in Charlotte

Source: The Palmer Building

Location: Elizabeth

Capacity: 250

This historic, rubble stone structure was originally built in the 1930’s as a training facility for firefighters. Recently restored, the Palmer is now ready to host your next event. From corporate meetings to family reunions and everything in between, your guests will enjoy the gorgeous grounds, the responsive staff, and free WiFi access. There are many historic event venues in North Carolina, but few as unique as the Palmer Building.

19. Rooftop 210

Rooftop 210 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Source: Rooftop 210

Location: The EpiCenter

Capacity: 2,000

The ultimate party spot in the center of Charlotte’s busiest neighborhood, Rooftop 210 is ready to show your guests a great time. Whether you plan to throw a product launch soiree, host a fundraiser gala, or bring in a nationally touring band for an unforgettable rock concert, this EpiCenter venue can handle your needs. The beautiful, landscaped terraces offer incredible views of Uptown Charlotte and the full service bar will keep the drinks flowing and your guests happy all night long. Other amenities include valet parking, catering options, and state-of-the-art AV technology—your attendees will thank you.

20. NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall for events in Charlotte

Source: NASCAR Hall of Fame

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 10 – 2,400

NASCAR has a loyal following. What’s not to like? Fast cars driven by world-class drivers at over 200 miles per hour makes for quite an entertaining afternoon. Grab a bit of that race car magic and host your next event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Your guests can enjoy the exhibits and experience the illustrious history of the sport. Event planners will have access to catering options and professional AV equipment. Whether you hope to host an intimate private party or a full-fledged company blow out, the Hall will deliver with style.

Finding the Right Charlotte Venue

Charlotte is jam-packed with stellar venues. But the 20 locations mentioned in this blog post are among the best of the best. A North Carolina event hosted at any one of them is sure to keep your guests talking for weeks after.

Hosting events outside of Charlotte? Check out our other lists of event venues below!

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