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5 April 2019 

30 Phoenix Event Venues That Your Attendees Will Love

Maria Waida

Looking for an event venue in The Valley of the Sun? Then you’ll love this list of 30 unique Phoenix event spaces.

More than 9,000 years ago, Phoenix was overrun by mammoths and nomadic tribes. While the city’s residents no longer hunt and gather their food, Phoenix went on to become known as a settlement of early Spanish explorers, a marketplace for the “Five C’s” (cotton, citrus, cattle, copper, and climate), and now, a base for many of our country’s high tech companies.

If you’re looking to plan an event in this growing metropolis, you’ll want to take a peek at these 30 great event venues in Phoenix and the surrounding neighborhoods.

1. The Trunk Space

Trunk Space - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: The Trunk Space

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 50

It doesn’t get much more punk rock than The Trunk Space. This micro center for art, culture, and indie music has been a Phoenix staple for niche interest communities for a while now. They market themselves as the meeting place for the culturally curious.

While they pride themselves on welcoming weirdos of all kinds, this is an alcohol-free venue so please keep that in mind. But if you’re planning an event for creatives or performance art enthusiasts, this is the place to be.

2. The Teapot

Teapot - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Phoenix New Times

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 100

As the website mentions, The Teapot is a little bit British. But it still has that Phoenix charm. This family-friendly Phoenix event space is no stranger to children’s birthday parties, bridal showers, and office get-togethers. Simple yet elegant, this historic property sets a picturesque backdrop for any function in need of character and fun.

It’s a little of everything, complete with highly rated customer service. It’s become so popular they’re even opening a second location in Baltimore soon!

3. The Clayton On the Park

Location: Scottsdale

Capacity: 250

The Clayton venues offer a pair of excellent options for Phoenix event planners. There’s the Clayton House and The Clayton On the Park. This refreshing alternative to traditional ballroom settings has a modern flair with design elements like large glass windows and clean, minimalist lines.

While they do host a lot of weddings they are also available for corporate events. If you book this spot you’ll also have access to a dedicated venue coordinator, catering and bar services, and both unique, interconnected event spaces.

4. The Gallery at the Unexpected

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: Flexible

The Unexpected art gallery adds cultural flair to any special occasion. Although the Unexpected group has a number of spaces available, this one is their most popular. The 7,500-square-foot showroom is great for dances, expos, and everything in between.

The art installations are always changing and you can even move some of the walls. They even have ceilings with supports high enough to provide aerialists and suspended artworks their chance to shine.

5. Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Warehouse 215

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 300+

This gorgeous event venue has a friendly and inviting feel, which is probably why the owners offer tours of the space almost every day. They even have a tour video located on their website if you’re interested in taking a peak right now! As you can see, the 10,000 square foot flexible interior is awe-inspiring.

The space also has a beautifully landscaped patio. So if a transformative space with both indoor and outdoor entertainment is part of your event strategy, we highly suggest this awesome venue located in one of Phoenix’s most highly sought after areas.

6. Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Phoenix Zoo

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 100 – 1,500

Who wouldn’t want to host an event surrounded by really cool animals, beautiful event spaces, and delicious food? At the Phoenix Zoo, the opportunities for event hosting are endless. They have 15 — that’s right — different spaces for you to choose from! Each one has its own capacity, theme, and vibe.

Choosing the right event venue can be challenging. Especially if you’re looking at places like the Phoenix Zoo and all 15 of their incredible options. Be sure to keep your event goals in mind so you can narrow down your wish list as you go.

7. monOrchid

monOrchid - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: monOrchid

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 375

monOrchid is a collective of event venues, videography studios, office spaces, and art galleries. Which is why it has officially earned its title of Phoenix’s most diverse and accommodating building. Part of the building’s exterior is made of white bricks, an homage to the property’s transformative personality.

The rest of the building, however, is covered in bright and colorful murals. Overall, monOrchid is great for any event that requires a variety of spaces for indulging in multiple activities all at once.

8. Be an Artist

Be an Artist - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Yelp

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 25

Who doesn’t love getting in touch with their inner creative? If you’re planning a small personal or professional gathering, Be an Artist might offer a playful alternative to yet another restaurant or bar. It’s an art school, but guests of all skill levels are welcome to participate in painting wine glasses, canvases, and almost anything else their hearts desire.

Be an Artist has also been the home of many theater performances, comedy shows, and speed dating nights. So don’t be afraid to get creative with this creative space.

9. The Churchill

The Churchill - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: AZ Big Media

Location: Roosevelt Arts District

Capacity: 200

In addition to its amazing branding (both online and in person), The Churchill has made itself a true community gathering space. Right now there are over 10 companies in residence at this space, each with its own non-profit or do good agenda.

The beautiful 9,000 square foot courtyard is great for mingling, having a bite, and enjoying a brew. They’ve hosted pop up art galleries, sports viewing parties, and even fitness classes. All in all, this space feels as good as it looks thanks to the heartfelt actions of its owners, businesses, and community members.

10. Escape Zone

Escape Zone - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: TripAdvisor

Location: Tempe

Capacity: 36

Escape rooms are a blast and provide the ultimate team building experience for any group. Whether you’re bridesmaids getting ready for the big day or colleagues about to start a huge project, playing at the Escape Zone is sure to be a hit.

They’ve got a few rooms to choose from but their truly unique experience is the The Island room where you can host a team of up to 16 people. Most other escape rooms max out at 8 so you already know it’s going to be a wild adventure!

11. Highside

Highside - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: AZCentral

Location: Sunnyslope

Capacity: 50

The Highside has great music, a delightfully moody atmosphere, and killer craft cocktails. Community members frequent this space in Sunnyslope to enjoy their vintage selections and minimalist industrial feel.

Yelp reviewers note how the Highside is a nice change of pace compared to the usual haunts in Old Town. It’s all at once upscale and down-to-earth. And if your event is in need of some fun/potentially embarrassing entertainment, they also have everything you’ll need for group karaoke.

12. The Van Buren

The Van Buren - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: The Van Buren

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 1,800

This lavish concert venue is a music and entertainment powerhouse. It used to be a vintage auto-dealership but now it’s showroom floor has been converted for dancers not vehicles. They host nationally touring artists, up and comers, and private events.

They’ve also got some tasty menu options for both food and drinks as well as hotels located right across the street in case your guests have a little too much fun. All in all, this high volume venue is great for parties, edgy galas, corporate presentations, and much, much more.

13. Venue at the Grove

Venue at the Grove - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: WeddingWire

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 200+

If you choose the Venue at the Grove for your next affair, you’ll have access to over 2.5 acres of lush green property at this active pecan grove. You can use some, or all, of their indoor, exposed outdoor, and covered outdoor spaces. In addition to the property itself, you’ll also be assisted by a team of onsite event professionals who can help you navigate this large estate.

The brick patio accommodates up to 200 guests but if you rent out any of their other spaces the sky really is the limit. Also, their banquet hall is newly renovated and their trees are adorned with twinkling nights. This kind of attention to detail is what makes the Venue at the Grove truly special.

14. The Showcase Room

Showcase - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Fox Restaurant Concepts

Location: Tempe

Capacity: 325

The Showcase Room is one of Tempe’s newest and most coveted event spaces. The owners like to think of the venue as a blank canvas, ready to provide the perfect setting for private dinners, wedding receptions, and networking cocktail hours. It also has original wooden vaulted ceilings and can be divided into two private rooms if you don’t need the whole venue. Use your event management software to organize your floor layout and decide which configuration is right for your party.

15. American Royal Palace – Banquet Hall & Conference Center

American Royal Palace - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: WeddingWire

Location: Glendale

Capacity: 1,200

The American Royal Palace is, in a word, grand. The luxurious venue has over 20,000 square feet of elegant event space for occasions large and small. Rent one or all three of their spacious ballrooms for your next wedding, conference, or gala.

And if you’ve got a list of vendors you prefer to work with don’t worry, the American Royal Palace does allow licensed caterers and bartenders to service their venue. But if you do need help in this area, the venue management will be more than happy to provide a list of the industry’s best.

16. Virginia’s House

Virginia's House - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Yelp

Location: Glendale

Capacity: 125

This Phoenix event venue is full of history. Family owned and operated, Virginia’s House has played a role in both the lives of a prominent banker from Glendale in 1909, and current generations of local families. The latest long-time owner, Virginia Hook, lived here for almost 50 years. If you’re considering this venue, you’ll appreciate both the history and transparency — they offer flat rate rentals with no hidden fees and clearly laid out package details.

17. The Cottage Wedding Venue

The Cottage - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Yelp

Location: Gilbert

Capacity: 150

Owned by the local restaurateurs responsible for Zappone’s Italian Bistro, The Cottage Wedding Venue is overflowing with charm and ambiance. They have an outdoor gazebo perfect for wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties. They also offer an indoor space complete with high quality audio visual equipment for corporate presentations.

18. Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Images Arizona

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 1,976

This famous event center was originally built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also hailed as one of the West’s most significant theatre structures. And the best part is, you can rent it for your own private event! Their highly organized management team will provide details like audio and lighting options, theater layout considerations, and operating guidelines to help make the process as smooth as possible.

19. The Croft Downtown

The Croft - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Wedding Spot

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 350

Advertised as a wedding and special events venue, The Croft Downtown offers a lovely setting paired with great customer service and a dedicated design team. Sophistication and style are the name of the game at this Phoenix event space, so any classy affair will feel right at home here.

20. Bonus Round

Bonus Round - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Classic Arcade Gaming

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 175

Brews and classic video games make for a fun gathering of friends, coworkers, or clients. Which is why Bonus Round, the arcade bar and cocktail lounge, has been such a hit with Phoenix residents and event planners alike. And if pinball isn’t your thing, they also offer Xbox games and board games. So, in a nutshell, it really is all fun and games at this Phoenix event venue.

21. Desert Willow Conference Center

Desert Willow - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Desert Willow Conference Center

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 150

The Desert Willow prides itself on being an extraordinary destination. Polished and professional, this event venue has been home to many workshops, seminars, and lectures. They offer meeting services for both day time events and special occasions. You can also book catering and guest accommodations with them if you’re looking for one of the most convenient event planning experience of all time.

22. The Brush Bar

Brush Bar - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Yelp

Location: Scottsdale

Capacity: 15

Whether you’re looking for instructor led painting classes or prefer the freedom of open studio sessions, the Brush Bar offers yet another artistic option for your Phoenix event. They offer classes regularly so you can book something on their schedule or rent it out for your private party. They also offer a variety of beers, wines, and champagnes you can sip on while you create your next masterpiece.

23. Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Arch Daily

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 2,500

The Arizona Science Center is massive. Like, 140,000 square feet massive. And it’s an intriguing environment your guests won’t soon forget. The unique landmark has a bunch of spaces you can customize for private and corporate events. And guests can enjoy interacting with over 300 hands-on exhibits spanning the venue’s four different levels.

24. The Rosson House

Rosson House - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Visit Heritage Square

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 40 – 1,000

No list of Phoenix event venues would be complete without mentioning the Rosson House. This fully-restored museum was originally built in 1895 and still maintains some of its magical old world charm. They regularly offer tours and are available for photo shoots too. You’ll have the option to rent the museum along with their meeting rooms and pavilion.

25. Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: TripSavvy

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 500

Nothing screams Phoenix more than the beauty of its desert landscapes and fascinating flora. Their open-air pavilions, scenic courtyards, and intimate gardens all have their own kind of natural magic to them. You can rent the venue for day or evening activities. They also offer a selection of premium caterers if you plan to serve appetizers and/or meals.

26. Arizona Jewish Historical Society

American Jewish Historical Society - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: NY Blueprint

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 50 – 220

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is a former synagogue and church turned museum, cultural mecca, and community gathering space. People of all faiths are welcome to celebrate their special occasions here. They’ve hosted a number of weddings, mitzvahs, corporate events, networking mixers, and many other gatherings.

They have four noteworthy spaces. Their main hall, known as the Sanctuary, has original hardwood flooring and seats up to 230 people, theater style. It also has adjustable lighting and a large stage. They also have a beautifully manicured Garden, a fully equipped meeting center, and a vacant art gallery space. Oh, and there’s also a prep kitchen with an ice machine, refrigerator, and sinks for all your practical catering needs.

27. Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens

Boojum - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Boojum Tree

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 250

If you want your guests to feel like they’re living in an actual fairy tale, Boojum Tree is one of the best event venues in Arizona for you. Both unique and exotic, this event space has a Hacienda style plaza, an Old World cantina, and an indoor tropical garden where many of their past guests have danced the night away.

Basically the Boojum Tree is perfect for any event that’s in need of a heavy dose of nature and whimsy. And just so you know, it is one of the city’s most popular wedding venues. So be sure to book as far in advance as possible!

28. Candelas

Candelas - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Yelp

Location: Scottsdale

Capacity: 50

This outdoor courtyard is surrounded by lush flowers and beautiful Arizona nature. Overall, Candelas has a very European vibe. And its proximity to Valley Ho Hotel make it an ideal location for events that plan to host out of towners. Jasmine vines, hanging lanterns, and water fountains all around the venue help check decor off your event planning list.

This secluded space is also known for taking care of the tiniest details so expect this venue to be as stress free as possible. To that end, they offer extras like retractable awnings, misters, and space heaters to keep guests comfortable any time of year. They really have thought of everything!

29. Aldea

Aldea - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: Arizona Weddings Magazine

Location: Central Phoenix

Capacity: 150

Aldea is best known as a wedding venue but it’s also so much more than that. They have locations in Mesa, Glendale, and of course central Phoenix. It’s an entirely outdoor venue, but with Arizona’s lovely weather, your guests should be comfortable almost all year round.

The event center is modeled after Sedona’s famous Tlaquepaque so expect to see water fountains, dramatic archways, and plenty of stucco buildings. The greenery-lined brick pathways great guests and transport them into the world of this all-inclusive venue.

30. Legend City Studios

Legend City Studios - Phoenix Event VenuesSource: WeddingWire

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 450

Legend City Studios is a 7,000 square foot art gallery and working studio in downtown Phoenix. It’s been home to works by famous photographers, painters, and talented local artists. This event venue is perfect for still and motion shoots, art exhibits, and most other social gatherings. They’ve also been known to host some classy bridal showers, engagement dinners, and corporate networking events.

Wrapping Up: Find The Best Phoenix Event Space

Planning events can be complicated but finding the perfect venue to host it in doesn’t have to be. This curated list of Phoenix event venues is a great place to start. To narrow your many amazing options down, consider your event strategy and how each space might fit into it. Whichever Phoenix event space you go with, remember that as long as you keep your event goals in mind there is no such thing as a wrong choice!

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