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Event orchestration | 24 December 2018

27 Minneapolis Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love

Maria Waida

Searching for event venues in the Mini Apple? Look no further than this list of 27 awesome event venues in Minnesota’s Twin Cities and beyond. Among these Minneapolis’ spaces you’ll find microbreweries, caves, orchestra halls, and historic mansions.

Minneapolis, the larger of the two Twin Cities, is a natural wonderland. With over 13 lakes, wetlands, and direct access to the Mississippi River, this Minnesota city is home to a variety of beautiful landscapes. Originally founded by the Dakota Sioux peoples, the city eventually blended its founding culture with the French who settled there in the decades after.

Today, Minneapolis is the proud host of many cultural and artistic landmarks. From contemporary art museums to a thriving indie music scene, there’s something for everyone in this Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Choosing the right event venue can be tricky. If you are interested in finding the perfect space for your next function in this city, check out our guide to Minneapolis event venues below.

1. Aria

Minneapolis Venues Aria

Source: ARIA

Location: North Loop

Capacity: 400-1,000

This grand hall has design features like marble columns and exposed brick, showcasing both the history and elegance of the city. They describe their style as old world elegance meets new world chic. Crystal chandeliers and pop art accents round out the venue aesthetic and make for a cohesive design that is sure to enthrall attendees no matter the occasion

2. The Soap Factory

The Minneapolis Soap Factory Venue

Source: PVN Works

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 700

Home to many of Minneapolis’ contemporary artists, the Soap Factory is part gallery, part performance art space, part event center all in one. Their spaces are equipped with all the tools necessary to put on a high-end artistically minded gathering. They often host events like artist talkbacks, dance performances, and openings. Both the gallery and the presentation rooms are up for grabs when you book an event here.

3. 514 Studios

The 514 Studios Minnesota Event Venue

Source: 514 Studios

Location: North Loop

Capacity: 200

Elegant chandeliers and unique flower arrangements adorn the venue at 514 Studios. While organizers primarily hold corporate events and weddings at their location, this Minneapolis space is equipped for more personal gatherings as well. Additional offerings include a selection of quality photo and video rentals if you’re looking for an additional tech element at your venue.

4. Riverside at Minneapolis Event Center

Riverside Event Center in Minneapolis

Source: Minneapolis Event Center

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 50-500

One of the various spaces offered by the Entourage Events Group, the Minneapolis Event Center offers a mix of activities and food options for any event. Multiple food stations and bars are located throughout the space itself. As a bonus, they have secured partnerships with local breweries, rotating the spotlight to give seasonal and special edition flavors their due. If that wasn’t enough, they also host their own Ghost Tours in the historic basement.

5. Kitchen Window

Minneapolis Event Space Kitchen

Source: Kitchen Window

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 150

Minneapolis’ Kitchen Window is both a cooking school and event venue in one, playing host to private events with classes both on and off-site. Organizers can choose from a wide variety of dining options, including everything from large 5-course dinners to custom small plate venues. You do, however, have the option to use the state-of-the-art kitchen and entertaining space with or without their culinary services. Either way, an event held at this Minnesota event space is sure to be a standout.

6. Urban Growler

Minneapolis Brewery event space

Source: Urban Growler

Location: St. Anthony Park

Capacity: 65+

This next venue holds the title of the first women-owned microbrewery in all of Minnesota. Urban Growler is a brewing company with a taproom, kitchen, and Beer Garden. Plus, this event space is open six days a week and you’ll have the option to rent one or more spaces simultaneously. Serving a wide selection of traditional flavors alongside original beers that reflect local eccentricities—this is one locale you shouldn’t miss.

7. Wabasha Street Caves

Minneapolis Caves for events

Source: Visit Saint Paul

Location: West Side

Capacity: 200

This recently renovated venue plays host to a variety of underground gatherings. The Wabasha Street Caves are a fascinating and mysterious event setting with over 12,000 square feet available for your special occasion. The organizers behind this venue also offer winter light tours, Big Band dance nights, and private dinners. Inside you’ll find a selection of lighting options, comfortable temperatures, and plenty of amenities for guests to enjoy.

8. Varsity Theater

Varsity Theater venue in Minnesota

Source: Varsity Theater

Location: University

Capacity: 330-962

A performance and private entertainment venue, the Varsity Theatre has some serious art deco vibes. This multi-level venue has velvet booths, disco balls, and lots of hidden lounge spaces. Organizers have hosted everything from big name musical acts to galas to daytime conferences in this Minneapolis event venue. For particularly inventive planners, the space itself is highly transformable so there’s lots of room for creativity.

9. American Swedish Institute

Minneapolis Venues American Swedish venue

Source: ASIMN

Location: Phillips

Capacity: 300

The American Swedish Institute is a Harry Potter-esque castle come to life. Their mansion and cultural centre make up the primary spaces for events, but they also have seasonal exhibits, workshops, and special collections on display. This venue also offers a high quality video showcasing venue highlights for event planners for you to check-out beforehand.

10. Elliot Park Hotel, Autograph Collection

Elliot Park Venue in Minneapolis

Source: Marriott

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 288

This brand new hotel is located in the middle of one Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhoods. Their goal is to bring boutique sophistication to a historic location—the wood-fired Italian restaurant and convenient parking are just a couple perks they offer for guests and event attendees. The Elliot Park Hotel also has meetings rooms, WiFi, and presentation equipment for events that need more privacy and focus.

11. Earle Brown Heritage Center

The Earle Brown event center in Minnesota

Source: Earle Brown Heritage Center

Location: Brooklyn Center

Capacity: 800

Settled in the expansive grounds of the Brooklyn Center, The Earle Brown Heritage Center embraces rustic beauty with their signature red barn. Organizers at this venue provide event services for gatherings as small as 15—think business lunches and meetings—or as large as 800 for weddings and galas. Their onsite staff is highly trained and experienced in catering, part of their effort to provide a venue that is as functional as it is attractive.

12. Minnesota Orchestra Hall

Minneapolis Orchestra Hall

Source: Minnesota Orchestra Hall

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 2,087

The Minnesota Orchestra’s impressive residence plays host to entertainment, food, and drinks all in one place. Their thriving performance calendar has a classical focus, but also includes themed evenings from family favorites—like Disney and the United States Naval Academy Glee Club. The space itself features 100-plus large cubes that create a descending rock effect on the ceiling that are sure to captivate event guests.

13. Gale Mansion

The Gale Mansion in Minnesota

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Location: Whittier

Capacity: 100-190

While hosting your next event at a mansion is impressive in its own right, In addition to being a mansion, the Gale Mansion also has an onsite executive chef, boutique service, and a full liquor license. Weddings and receptions tend to be their main attractions, but they also host corporate and social gatherings. You can rent the Mansion and Ballroom separately or together—either way, this majestic estate makes for an elegant backdrop for any event.

14. James J Hill Center

Minneapolis Event Space James Hill

Source: James J Hill Center

Location: Downtown St. Paul

Capacity: 200-300

Marble columns and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves make up the structure of this impressive Minneapolis venue. The historic reference library, glass catwalks, and secret nooks make the space both mysterious and fascinating. With themed tours, like the Cabinet of Curiosity which guides attendees through Minneapolis in 1921, this is one venue guests will remember. As a plus, the grand hall is equipped with additional seating and is often where the main attraction of their events take place.

15. US Bank Stadium

US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

Source: US Bank Stadium

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 60-66,655

The US Bank Stadium has custom-built spaces for events of almost all sizes. With a total of 11 venues, each space has its distinct decor, but they all come with a variety of catering options and unique perks both inside and outside the stadium. With larger gatherings, it can be tough to keep track of your event. Consider implementing an event management software that can help you track registrations, boost sponsorship opportunities, and create segmented tracks for your program.

16. FIVE Event Center

Minneapolis Event Venue FIVE

Source: FIVE Event Center

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 350

Booking an event at the FIVE Event Center is an all inclusive experience. They have onsite coordinators, wireless microphone systems, projection equipment, two indoor bars, and a quaint outdoor patio—just to name a few of the venues main features. As a benefit, their alcohol packages are customizable as well and if you’re looking for a transformational Minneapolis venue, this would be it.

17. Rogue Buddha Gallery

Minneapolis Venues Rogue Gallery

Source: Rogue Buddhism

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 250

The Rogue Buddha Gallery has storefront windows, distressed wood floors, and art from international and local artists. Their staff offers event planners help with arranging catering, live music, and equipment rental. They even provide discounts for nonprofits who book private events with them.

18. Nord Room

NORD Room in Minneapolis

Source: Wedding Spot

Location: Uptown

Capacity: 30

This next Minneapolis event space is all about convenience. The Nord Room, the private event space by French Meadow Cafe & Bakery, is open 24/7. The space includes a Tasting Room and Social Hall, and their french pastries are a hit with locals. Plus, their staff will also help customize a menu tailored to your party. Although this venue is the smallest on our list of Minneapolis event spaces, what it lacks in size it makes up for in elegance and taste—literally, their cakes look amazing.

19. Machine Shop

Minneapolis' Machine Shop event venue

Source: Machine Shop

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 300

The Machine Shop is a concert lounge with both sitting and standing room options for events, mostly catering to live musical acts. The eclectic grunge vibe makes for an unparalleled addition to this list of Minneapolis event spaces, perfectly capturing the one-of-a-kind sounds of this city. This venue would be best to host corporate events and fundraisers for brands that have a slight edge.

20. Dirty Martini

Minneapolis Venues Dirty Martini

Source: Dirty Martini

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 90

The Dirty Martini is a speakeasy bar and lounge with a regular live DJ. The space layout in this venue allows for intimate personal and professional gatherings. And, as you might expect, they offer a wide selection of hand-crafted martinis and cocktails—their beer and wine menus are quite impressive, as well.

21. Solar Arts

Solar Arts Event Space in Minneapolis

Source: Pinterest

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 350-450

Solar Arts features natural lighting, hardwood floors, exposed brick, wooden beams in their design, and newly renovated restrooms with private dressing rooms as well. With amazing offerings—partnerships with top-notch caterers, antique furniture and decor rentals, and professionally coordinated experience courtesy of their event specialist team—this is one Minneapolis space that is hard to pass up.

22. Food Building

The Food Building Event Venue

Source: Food Building

Location: Northeast

Capacity: 64-90

The Food Building has three unique space options: Tasting Room, Bubble Hall, or the whole building. While each space has its unique offering, they all accommodate food & beverage services and audio-visual presentations. Food Building’s thoughtful and informative website gives all the nitty gritty details and tips for event success that planners could ever want.

24. Warehouse Winery

Minneapolis Warehouse Winery Space

Source: Wedding Spot

Location: St. Louis Park

Capacity: 100

This eclectic winery is privately owned and fully functional. The space has three in-house catering options and—you guessed it—a variety of award-winning wines to choose from. Reviewers were more than satisfied with hosting their weddings at this venue and cemented this location as a hidden gem. Take a break from the Minneapolis beer scene with this off-the-beaten-path option.

25. Trapped Puzzle Rooms

Minneapolis Escape Room Events

Source: Twin Cities

Location: North Loop

Capacity: 4-16

Escape rooms are a fun and clever way to encourage attendees to work on team building skills while making lasting memories in the process. Trapped Puzzle Rooms’ themed spaces include multiple Harry Potter puzzles and a Game of Thrones-esque challenge. For convenience, they have three locations across Minneapolis and St. Paul.

26. ModernWell

ModernWell Co-working event space in Minneapolis

Source: Yelp

Location: Bryn Mawr

Capacity: 150

ModernWell is a co-working and event space with a focus to provide women with a collaborative and holistic space, championing the work-life community with help from independent, one-of-a-kind spirits. Organizers can host both corporate and casual drinks, book launches, and meetings, to name a few.

27. The Holden Room

Holden Room - Minneapolis Event Venues

Source: Parallel MN

Location: North Loop

Capacity: 250 – 450

The Holden Room is a 5,000-square-foot warehouse venue that blends the historic and the contemporary can transform to suit any need, from weddings and corporate events to makers’ markets and creative gatherings. Come visit us – and explore the possibilities.

Wrapping Up: Finding The Perfect Minneapolis Event Venue

There is a lot that goes into choosing the right space, but with this varied list of curated Minneapolis event venues you’ll be sure to find inspiration for you next shindig. Remember to keep your event strategy in mind when choosing between the many amazing event venues in the larger of Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

Plan on holding events outside of Minneapolis? Take a look at some of our other lists of venues in major cities:

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