18 Dallas Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love
From aerial performance spaces to the world-famous AT&T Stadium, there are plenty of Dallas event venues to choose from. But in a city like Dallas, where event spaces are a dime a dozen, how do you pick the perfect venue?
You could use one of the numerous tools for sourcing event venues. Or, you could lean on this blog article to help you find the right location for your company meeting, social gathering, conference, or training seminar — the venue options are as endless as there are event types.
If you’re hoping to find a unique and functional location for your next Dallas area soiree, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top 20 Dallas event venues to add to your in-person or hybrid event strategy.
1. Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens
Location: Harwood District
Nestled in one of the city’s top neighborhoods, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens is a beautiful oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of vibrant Dallas. The 1.5-acre garden offers a peaceful retreat suited to many events and features ancient art, magnificent foliage, and a spectacular reflecting pool. But the grounds aren’t the only intriguing aspect of this location — the food is also mouth-watering.
Want to explore the space without leaving home? Check out this virtual tour of Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens.
2. The Granada Theater
Location: Lower Greenville
The Granada Theater is a historic, WW II-era building that was once a movie theater. Ownership changed hands multiple times throughout the 20th century, but in 2004 the space was re-established as a live music staple in Dallas. Many of the world’s most-beloved stars — from Adele to Bob Dylan — have graced the Granada Theater’s stage. High-production, rock-n-roll concerts aren’t the only events hosted at the Granada Theater; the venue is also available for private events.
Your guests will love the classic architecture and star-studded history. When guests get hungry, take them next door to Sundown at Granada, the neighborhood’s farm-to-table restaurant, or head to the Sundown Rooftop Patio. No matter the size or style of your event, The Granada Theater and its sister venues are perfect for any event planner looking to host a rocking good time.
3. AT&T Stadium
Location: Arlington, TX
Home of the Dallas Cowboys, Monster Jam rallies, and more of America’s most well-known events, AT&T Stadium is also available to host your get-together. When you need big — NFL Sunday big — this venue can accommodate, with 22 flexible event locations that can host up to 8,000 attendees.
Consider hosting an SKO in the Cowboys Locker Room (max 150 guests), which features two large televisions. Planning a company-wide celebration? Consider one of the six end-zone platforms for 500-2,500 guests. Or, if you want to go really big, host a trade show on 98,200 square feet of football field space featuring room for up to 5,000 guests.
4. The Room on Main
The Room on Main is a fully restored, historic ballroom located on the sixth floor of the Dallas Arts Center. Check out these specs:
- 100-year-old natural hardwood floors
- Antique chandeliers
- 30-foot ceilings and 15-foot windows for spectacular views of downtown Dallas
- Valet parking
- Top-tier catering options, including specialty cocktails
- Top-of-the-line AV equipment
Whatever event you plan on hosting — from corporate shindigs to social functions — The Room would make for an excellent location.
5. Texas Ale Project
Location: East Dallas
Give your guests something to talk about and host your next event at the Texas Ale Project — the first Dallas brewery since prohibition to be built from the ground up. Featuring 11,000+ square feet of floor space, the venue offers a variety of creative spaces depending on the size of your event:
- Entire building: 600
- Brewery floor: 150 seated, 250 standing
- Beer garden: 300
- Taproom: 28
Every event is welcome in this pet-friendly space, which includes conveniences such as bar service, satellite bars, AV equipment, bar games, valet or street parking, full-service catering, WiFi, and more. Keep it local and host your next meetup in one of the city’s top craft breweries.
6. The Quixotic World
Location: Deep Ellum
No matter what kind of event you plan to host — corporate get-together, product launch, birthday party — The Quixotic World will help you make it unforgettable. From the silhouette shadow dancing screen to the throne-adorned stage, everything about this venue is unique and screams originality. But, that doesn’t mean your rental doesn’t include traditional event conveniences either. Quixotic provides tables, chairs, linens, HD projectors, and a quality sound system.
7. Soar Creative Studios
Location: East Dallas
Have you heard of Soar Creative Studios? This venue is suited to artistic meet-ups, conferences, and corporate training, and it’s affordable for gatherings of up to 250 people. It has a full kitchen, outdoor patio, and mirrored studios for both dance and aerial aerobics. You’ll also have access to AV equipment, multiple rooms for breakout sessions, and WiFi. But what really makes Soar worth considering is the option to hire Soar-certified, professional aerial performers to serve and entertain your guests during your event. Have you ever been served drinks via swinging aerial artists? Now’s your chance.
8. The Empire Room
Location: Design District
Capacity: 600 inside and 300 outside
The Empire Room is putty in an event planner’s hands. What kind of event do you plan to host? Corporate meeting or seminar? Fundraising gala or family reunion? The Empire Room can handle just about anything. The main building is completely tailored to custom production and even includes indoor vehicle access. Car show, anyone? Or, take your guests outside to the patio with stunning views of the downtown Dallas skyline. If you really want to treat your guests, bring in a DJ or band — the Empire Room partners with one of Dallas’s premiere AV companies, so sound, video, and lighting are always on point.
9. Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek
Location: Turtle Creek
The “timeless treasure” that is Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek is six spaces rolled into one. Beyond the historic main building that’s hosted some of the world’s top achievers like President Franklin D. Roosevelt and blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’ll also find a formal garden, two terraces, a stately portico, and the Allman Pavillion.
To top it off, catering is provided by an award-winning chef. Turns out any event at Arlington — from nonprofit charities and corporate parties to retirement celebrations and sit-down luncheons — is even classier than it sounds.
10. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
For large gatherings, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is tough to beat. There’s plenty of space for your trade show, conference, or concert, and out-of-town guests will have an array of conveniently located lodging and dining options during their stay. But this versatile venue can also host small meetups in one of its 88 meeting rooms. Not local? Check out this virtual tour of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center or the Event Resource Guide.
11. D.E.C on Dragon St.
Location: Design District
If you were to pick one word to describe your next event, what would it be? If you said sophisticated, elegant, or chic, you need to consider hosting it at the D.E.C on Dragon St. The indoor space, complete with a full bar, is luxurious and sure to inspire networking at your next event. The 3,500-square-foot rooftop deck offers some of the best skyline views that Dallas has to offer. With help from the D.E.C. professional event planners, your next event may be the best yet. Want to see D.E.C. live? Take the virtual tour.
12. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Location: Victory Park
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers its five levels for your next event — rent one or the entire building. Whether your event is for 25 people or 1,500 people, it’s sure to be a success at the Perot Museum. Although many venues offer beautiful scenery, few offer the entertainment options that Perot does. Allow your guests to test their running skills against a T-Rex, view a 3D presentation in the The Hoglund Foundation Theater by National Geographic, or challenge each other in the robot arena. Want to explore each level and what it has to offer? Visit the website.
13. The Dallas Zoo
Location: Marsalis Park
What started in 1888 as a small wildlife attraction featuring two deer and two mountain lions has since grown into the largest zoo in Texas, with more than 2,000 animals and one million guests annually. It’s also an amazing event venue.
The Dallas Zoo offers six different spaces, including the following:
- The Flamingo Room and Deck is perfect for corporate events.
- The Giants of the Savanna attraction allows you to host your guests alongside elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
- The Wildlife Amphitheater is ideal for events with 500 or fewer attendees.
Whatever your event’s goal and audience, the Dallas Zoo can likely accommodate.
14. The Magnolia Hotel
Known for attentive staff and luxurious accommodations, The Magnolia Hotel has eight individual event spaces totaling 8,000 square feet. The Lounge is ideal for intimate gatherings, while the Pegasus Room — an offsite venue — holds up to 250 guests and is located in the historic Dallas Power & Light building. The Pegasus Room features 3,500 square feet of meeting space with LED up lighting for maximum meeting productivity, perfectly complemented by a host of friendly, helpful event professionals. Bonus: Because this space is also a hotel, out-of-town guests can stay comfortably and conveniently in one of Magnolia’s 325 rooms.
15. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Once the home of a wealthy cotton tycoon, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is now a luxurious hotel, gourmet restaurant, and amazing event venue. It boasts 15 beautiful spaces in the private 4.63-acre estate, including the Pavilion Ballroom, Mansion Garden, Wine Cellar, and FDR Room. Every event, from business gatherings to wedding receptions, has access to WiFi, state-of-the-art AV and lighting equipment, and in-house professional technicians.
16. 2616 Commerce
Location: Deep Ellum
Can’t decide whether to host your next event indoors or out? At 2616 Commerce, you don’t have to choose. This venue has two unique indoor spaces and a rooftop deck for rental, with previous gatherings ranging from record release parties and film festivals to product launch events and training conferences. Whether your event will have 50 or 1,000 guests, 2616 is ready to satisfy your attendees — with its rustic elegance, maple wood dance floor, and unique, original 1945 Coca-Cola mural.
17. The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Location: White Rock Lake
With 66 acres of manicured gardens, five unique event venues, and a complimentary event manager, The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a worthy location for your next corporate meeting, social gathering, or knot-tying ceremony. Treat guests to a party inside the historic DeGolyer Estate — a 21,000-square-foot mansion built in 1940 — or rent Rosine Hall with its full sound system, WiFi, and onsite security. Or, go au naturel and simply host your event in one of the property’s lush gardens. You can’t go wrong with the Dallas Arboretum as your location.
18. Southfork Ranch
Whether you’re planning a holiday get-together or corporate retreat, Southfork Ranch — made famous during its stint on the TV show “Dallas” — is a unique 300-acre location with an array of meeting spaces for groups as small as 10 to as large as 2,000. Southfork offers high-quality AV equipment, a full-service conference center, various menu selections, and a “mix boots with business” philosophy. The best part? Southfork has two full-time corporate event planners on staff to help you plan the perfect event!
Wrapping Up: The Perfect Dallas Event Venue for You
Choose one of these Dallas event venues, and your next gathering will surely be one for the ages. Whether you plan to host a corporate meeting, retirement soiree, or an all-out international conference, one of these locations will fit the bill. Not sure where to start with budgeting for a venue? Download our Event Budgeting Guide to get the templates and advice you need to ensure you stay on budget and deliver memorable events every time!