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28 March 2019 

30 Philadelphia Event Venues That Your Attendees Will Love

Andrew Ward

Looking to plan an event in the City of Brotherly Love? Check out this list of 30 phenomenal Philadelphia event venues.

Philadelphia has served as one of the most important cities in the history of the United States. While we all know the city for its contributions to the American Revolution, its activity began nearly 130 years prior. That includes the building of churches by the Swedes, the Quakers, and the arrival of William Penn, just to name a few.

Today, Philadelphia’s connection to American history continues to be on full display from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell to many of the historic event venues that remain today. Philadelphia’s history can be found in its remaining narrow cobblestone streets just as its modern history can be found in the sports-loving city’s recent World Series and Super Bowl victories.

If you’re looking to organize an event in Philadelphia, this guide will have you choosing the right event venue.

1. Philadelphia Colonial Dames Society

Dames Society - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Philadelphia Colonial Dames Society

Location: Rittenhouse Square

Capacity: 10 – 120

Situated in the heart of the city, Colonial Dames harkens back to the historical roots of Philadelphia. It is an ideal location for both indoor and outdoor events. Its interior is luxurious classy, and sophisticated, while its outdoor area is a cozy space surrounded by lush greenery.

2. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Academy of Fine Arts - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Location: Logan Square

Capacity: 350 – 1,000

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts encourages innovative events thanks to its creative spaces. Events can be held in any of the site’s three locations: the Historic Landmark Building, the contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building or outside at Lenfest Plaza. Located right in the heart of the city, you can’t get much more “Philadelphia” than this.

3. One North Broad St.

Broad St. - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: One North Broad St.

Location: Center City

Capacity: 450

One North Broad St. is regarded as one of Philadelphia’s most historically fine event venues. Coming from a city with such deep history and art, that’s saying something. Attendees get to experience a level of elegance and history that very few, if any, other venues can offer.

4. Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Kimpton Hotel Monaco

Location: Center City

Capacity: 325

The Kimpton Hotel Monaco can accommodate events of any size and occasion. Event planners have up to 13,000-square-feet of meeting space to work with, as well as a 3,300-square-foot ballroom. With bold designs and ample space, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco may be ideal for your next event in Philadelphia.

5. The Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The Franklin Institute

Location: Parkway Museums District

Capacity: 5,000

The Franklin Institute is an interactive museum that’s regarded as one of the most memorable in the city. As an event space, it is capable of hosting large gatherings, meetings, weddings, and even escape rooms. The space offers exquisite dining experiences as well as private, guided tours of the latest exhibits.

6. Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Major League Baseball

Location: Southeast Philadelphia

Capacity: 25 – 25,000

Looking for a home run of a space for trade shows, meetings, social gatherings, concerts, weddings, and more? Then the home of the Philadelphia Phillies may be an ideal choice. With several venues to choose from, guests can explore the park which includes Ashburn Alley and the team’s Wall of Fame.

7. Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Philadelphia Eagles

Location: Southeast Philadelphia

Capacity: 7,500

Just across the street from Citizens Bank Park is the home of the city’s football team, the Eagles. Known as the Linc, Lincoln Financial Field is ideal for all events, from photo shoots to trade shows and expos. Events can be held in a number of indoor locations as well as its two outdoor locations, Headhouse Plaza and the Bud Light Eagles Nest.

8. Artesano Gallery

Artesano Gallery - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Artesano Gallery

Location: Manayunk

Capacity: 250

Artesano Gallery is one of the trendier spaces in the city. Situated in a historic 1900s warehouse, the venue offers high ceilings, white marble floors and all the trappings for a memorable gathering.

9. National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: National Constitution Center

Location: Old City

Capacity: 800

The National Constitution Center is another shining example of the country’s rich history on display in Philadelphia. At the NCC, events can be held in 1 of 10 locations. Depending on the destination, attendees can be treated to vaulted ceilings and exquisite indoor and outdoor views, as well as a combination of historic elegance.

10. Franklin Music Hall

Franklin Music Hall - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Franklin Music Hall

Location: Poplar

Capacity: 2,500

Franklin Music Hall is one of a few venues in the area to choose from for your event. In fact, you’ll see a few more popping up on this list. This space is ideal for concerts but also works for conferences, speeches, commencements, and a number of other events.

11. Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Please Touch Museum

Location: Fairmount Park

Capacity: 3,000

If you’re looking for fun photos for your event, good luck finding a better option! The Please Touch Museum wants all ages to have fun. That’s why the venue is ideal for a range of events, from birthday parties to weddings. The Please Touch Museum offers interactive exhibits as well as a 70-foot flowing river to relax by.

12. National Museum of American Jewish History

NMAJH - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: National Museum of American Jewish History

Location: Center City

Capacity: 500

The NMAJH offers event planners 20,000-square-feet of multi-purpose Philadelphia event space, making it ideal for corporate and personal occasions of varying sizes. Events can be held in the ballroom, on the terrace, in the Dell Theater, or a number of other exquisite locations on the premises. As a bonus, the venue also offers discounts for non-profit organizations.

13. Theater of the Living Arts

Living Arts - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Theatre of the Living Arts

Location: Society Hill

Capacity: 50 – 800

Located on the city’s historic South Street, this venue is more commonly known as the TLA and is regarded as one of the premiere small events spaces in Philadelphia. The TLA is equipped to host any event from weddings to business meetings. At just a mile and a half from the Convention Center, the TLA could be an ideal afterparty event destination.

14. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Location: Fairmount

Capacity: 6,000

When people come to Philly, they often want to relive the iconic scene from Rocky. So, why not bring the venue to them and host your event at the city’s Museum of Art? With a number of spaces to choose from, it should be easy to live up to the museum’s goal to “Entertain. Inspire. Celebrate.”

15. Saint Joseph’s University

SJU - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: St. Joseph’s University

Location: Fairmount

Capacity: 300

Philadelphia’s numerous college campuses offer event space for a series of seminars, conferences, and other gatherings. Saint Joseph’s University is one of these colleges and has a plethora of lounges, sunrooms, theaters, and courtyards available to rent. Outdoor events can also be held on any one of the campus’ lush, green lawns and plazas.

16. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

The Ritz - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The Ritz Carlton

Location: Center City

Capacity: 100 – 600

A brand often associated with elegance, the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia lives up to the iconic name. The former bank vault now serves as one of the premier wedding venues in the city. Each of the Ritz’s event space options offers thousands of square feet to make your evening enjoyable and memorable.

17. The Westin Philadelphia

The Westin - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The Westin Philadelphia

Location: Rittenhouse Square

Capacity: 720

Located in Philadelphia’s most historic district, The Westin offers guests a wealth of choices all wrapped in sophistication. With nine event rooms, six breakout spaces, and over 15,000-square-feet of space, this is an ideal venue for a range of gatherings.

18. Morgan’s Pier

Morgan's Pier - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Morgan’s Pier

Location: Poplar

Capacity: 25 – 250+

When the season is right, Philadelphia’s riverside destinations are top-notch choices for any event. At Morgan’s Pier, events not only benefit from the beauty of the Delaware River, but also from the view of the lights on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The pier is ideal for intimate parties of less than 25 people. But it can also host events with over 250 guests. All sizes are accommodated.

19. Union Transfer

Union Transfer - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Union Transfer

Location: Center City

Capacity: 200 – 1,200

Known as one of the city’s top music venues, Union Transfer is also one of the top Philadelphia event spaces. The converted luggage transfer station for the Reading Railroad is now equipped with a lobby, four bars, a mezzanine, and a balcony. The venue also boasts one of the few parking lots in Center City.

20. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

College of Physicians - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Location: Logan Square

Capacity: 200 – 1,200

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia calls itself “the cure for the common event.” The historic landmark harkens back to the history of American medicine while providing guests with some of the most beautiful architecture in Philadelphia. The venue even offers up something for fans of the macabre in the first floor Mütter Museum of medical specimens. Guests can view instruments and more there.

21. 2nd Story Brewing Company

2nd Story Brewing - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: 2nd Story Brewing Co.

Location: Old City

Capacity: 200

2nd Story is one of the city’s best breweries for a wedding or any other kind of event. Any get-together that can appreciate craft brewing is sure to enjoy 2nd Story’s space and the fruits of its labors. Here, guests can have a fantastic evening while watching beer get handcrafted by masters of the medium.

22. Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Loews Hotel - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Location: Center City

Capacity: 1,050

With a number of beautiful locations to choose from, Loews Philadelphia is an ideal venue for weddings, lectures, corporate events, and other occasions. The space is well-equipped to handle even the more elaborate gatherings and offers incredible views of the city.

23. Academy of Music Ballroom

Academy of Music - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The Kimmel Center

Location: Rittenhouse Square

Capacity: 200

As part of the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music Ballroom stands out amongst a sea of worthwhile event venues in all of Pennsylvania, not just Philadelphia. Billed as the place to go when Philadelphians want to turn back time, the space offers 19th-century charm with modern features.

24. Entertainment Cruises Philadelphia

Entertainment Cruises - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Entertainment Cruises

Location: Old City

Capacity: 196

Entertainment Cruises offers on the water events in numerous cities across the Eastern U.S. and Chicago. Events can be held on either the Spirit of Philadelphia or on a private yacht. Either way, guests are sure to love the river air on their faces. Just make sure you DON’T book this in January as Michael did on The Office.

25. Roy Pitz Barrel House

Roy Pitz - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Roy Pitz Barrel House

Location: Center City

Capacity: 150

Philadelphia knows how to offer up a lot more than art and history. This is another example that shows how important alcohol is to the fabric of this city. With 16 different craft beers and a number of custom craft cocktails, Roy Pitz Barrel House offers up delicious libations and a stunningly decorated beerhall with massive glass windows.

26. The Mann Center

The Mann Center - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: The Mann Center

Location: Fairmount Park

Capacity: 100 – 13,000

The Mann is a one of a kind space. Situated in lovely Fairmount Park, The Mann’s team of dedicated professionals are well-equipped to help pull off intimate evenings as well as full-scale music gatherings. With five different spaces to choose from, The Mann is an ideal choice for just about any occasion.

27. American Swedish Historical Museum

American Swedish Museum - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: American Swedish Historical Museum

Location: Packer Park

Capacity: 200

The ASHM offers both indoor and outdoor events for weddings and business occasions. The two-story grand hall is an ideal picture-taking spot with an exquisite staircase that connects the two floors. Each rental of the space includes the use of the museum’s public areas, giving your event an all-access pass to another one of the city’s beautiful, historic gems.

28. SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: SugarHouse Casino

Location: Fishtown

Capacity: 300+

SugarHouse Casino aims to make every event at its venue fun. The venue is equipped to host weddings, corporate events, meetings, and non-profit occasions. Whatever the reason for your get-together, guests are sure to love the panoramic views of the river.

29. Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Renaissance Hotel - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Location: Old City

Capacity: 175

With over 4,300 square feet of event space, the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel offers four different event rooms. The venue includes floor-to-ceiling windows while providing views of historic Old City. The venue is ideal for weddings but is sure to be an ideal destination for numerous other events as well.

30. Helium Comedy Club

Helium Comedy Club - Philadelphia Event VenuesSource: Helium Comedy Club

Location: Center City

Capacity: 275

Helium Comedy Club is home to numerous meeting spaces as well as its centerpiece showroom. Events can be held in the main room, or in two of the more cozy lounges. Regardless of the setting, the club promises that your event is in good hands. Host your next gathering where the top comedic talent in Philadelphia is located.

Wrapping Up: Finding The Perfect Philadelphia Event Venue

A lot goes into your event strategy. With this curated list of diverse Philadelphia event spaces, we hope you’ll find an ideal setting for your next get-together. Now, just make sure you have the proper event management software and your strategy should come together without a hitch.

If you plan on conducting events outside of Philadelphia or you’re still not set on this city to host your next event, take a look at our other lists of venues in major cities:

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