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Event orchestration | 19 October 2018

20 Portland Event Venues Your Attendees will Love

Jacob Thomas

Portland, known as the City of Roses, is a place unlike any other. From 1911 parking garages to floating dance floors, this Oregon city is also home to some amazing event venues.

Hosting an event in a venue your attendee will love will always be at the forefront of an organizer’s event strategy. In this post, we’ll explore the top 20 Portland event venues for your next occasion. We’ll share indoor and outdoor spaces, those meant to host weddings and those better suited to large-scale conventions. It’s all here, so keep reading.

1. Union Pine

Portland Union Pine event venue

The Loft at Union Pine. Source: Union Pine

Location: Central Eastside Portland

Capacity: 30 – 300

This “hub for creativity, love and a really good time” may be the perfect spot for your next Portland area event. You can choose between the Main Venue, or the Loft — a smaller, second story space that’s ideal for company meetings, workshops and private dinners. Either way, you’ll have access to an open catering policy, flexible layout options, and a la carte services.

2. EcoTrust

EcoTrust Portland event space

The Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center at EcoTrust. Source: EcoTrust

Location: Pearl District

Capacity: 10 – 200

EcoTrust is a collection of four different event venues in Oregon. Looking to host a large event of up to 200 people? The Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center is the way to go—perfect for banquets, dance parties or networking meet-ups. Interested in a more open-air setting? The Rooftop Terrace is one of a kind and offers stunning views of the Portland skyline. Host an unforgettable company brunch, birthday party or rehearsal dinner at EcoTrust.

3. Leftbank Annex

Leftbank Annex Portland Oregon venue

A full view of an event at the Leftbank Annex event space. Source: Leftbank Annex

Location: Lloyd District

Capacity: 933

Once a 1911’s parking garage, the Annex building has a long and interesting history that includes stints as an art school and machine shop. Today, it’s a two-story, 14,000 square foot blank canvas just waiting to host your next event. From soaring beamed ceilings to architectural columns, the Annex inspires awe — exactly the feeling you want your guests to leave your event with, right?

4. The Evergreen

The Evergreen Portland event space

A large, customizable event space with exposed brick and beams. Source: The Evergreen

Location: Buckman

Capacity: 550

Owned by husband and wife entrepreneurs Kurt and Heather, The Evergreen offers something special for every kind of event. It’s hosted weddings and rock concerts, corporate parties and fundraisers; delighting event planners and their guests ever time. If you choose this space for your next meetup, you’ll enjoy access to a professional grade Void sound system, DMX lighting, and a full-sized elevator.

5. OMSI Planetarium

OMSI Planetarium Portland Venue

OMSI Planetarium’s spectacular entrance. Source: OMSI Planetarium

Location: Hosford – Abernethy / Southeast Portland

Capacity: 90 – 185

Here’s a wild idea: why not host your next event in a planetarium? Talk about unforgettable. With seating for up to 185 people, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Planetarium was recently remodeled and is now available to host concerts, business meetings, and private laser light shows. For your convenience, an LCD projector, wireless microphone and WiFi are also provided.

6. Portland’s White House

Portland-Event-Venues-White-House

The entrance to this Portland event space replicates Washington’s White House. Source: Portland’s White House

Location: Irvington

Capacity: 75

Ranked as one of “Oregon’s Best Venues”—Portland’s White House Bed & Breakfast is the perfect location to tie the knot. The architecture is historic, the catering is top quality, and the staff is incredibly professional. But weddings aren’t the only events hosted here. Those planning banquets, holiday parties and corporate meetings would be wise to consider this beautiful venue as well.

7. The Hallowed Halls

The Hallowed Halls Portland studio event venue

Source: The Hallowed Halls

Location: Foster – Powell / Southeast Portland

Capacity: 80 – 100

Looking for a unique event space to host your next event? The Hallowed Halls definitely fits the bill. It’s actually a recording studio by day, but it’s unlike any studio you’ve ever seen before. This historic building has 18-foot ceilings and is lined with 10-foot windows — perfect for viewing the property’s surrounding grove of maple trees. The great room is configurable to your exact desires and renters get access to a kitchen, redwood vinyl dance floor, and full PA system. Oh, and they’ll make a live recorded album of your event, too.

8. The Oregon Zoo

Oregon Zoo venue Portland

The outdoor space at The Oregon Zoo provides a scenic setting within the city. Source: The Oregon Zoo

Location: Washington Park

Capacity: 425

It’s a jungle out there — at least it will be if you decide to host your next event at the Oregon Zoo. They currently offer four indoor venues and one outdoor space that are available for rental; each one offering event-goers a unique experience. The Cascade Grill is perfect for morning breakfast meetings, while the Elephant Plaza Patio allows guests to easily observe the elephant exhibit. Give guests a fun and unique experience by hosting your event at the Oregon Zoo.

9. The Atrium at Montgomery Park

The Atrium Event Space in Portland

The grand, light-filled entrance to The Atrium space. Source: The Atrium at Montgomery Park

Location: Northwest District

Capacity: 275 – 800

Situated in Northwest Portland, The Atrium at Montgomery Park is one of the more unique event settings this city has to offer. The endless, floor-to-ceiling windows provide stellar views of Forest Park, one of the largest city parks in the nation. Catering is conveniently provided by Food in Bloom, and the space is available for both corporate and personal events. From the marble floors to the nine-story glass ceiling, the expansive space may be exactly what your next event needs.

10. Opal 28

Portland Event Venues Opal28

Quaint outside space at Opal 28. Source: Opal 28

Location: Kerns

Capacity: 32 – 125

Opal 28 is an ideal venue for more intimate gatherings. Are you celebrating a birthday or graduation? Do you need a creative space for your next company brainstorm? Maybe you’re getting married soon. Opal 28 can accommodate. It’s worth noting that they also rent out one bedroom apartments, fully equipped with furnished kitchens, flat screen TVs, and bathtubs. If you expect out of town guests to attend your next event, Opal 28 is a beautiful and highly convenient space.

11. The Commune

Coworking Event Space at The Commune Portland

The Commune serves as both a co-working and private event space. Source: The Commune

Location: Old Town Chinatown / Downtown

Capacity: 2,500 – 4,000 square feet

The Commune is the first cannabis-friendly gathering space of its kind. With a total of 4,000 square feet, they’d be delighted to host your next business meeting, incubator opportunity, or infused dinner. The building is historic, the windows let in plenty of natural light, and it’s conveniently located in Old Town.

12. BridgePort BrewPub

Portland BrewPub event space

Entertain attendees in this spacey pub, restaurant, and event space. Source: BridgePort BrewPub

Location: Pearl District

Capacity: 10 – 115

People have been meeting in them for thousands of years, why stop now? Sometimes the best gathering space is the local pub—BridgePort BrewPub is an amazing Portland event space. Their event team will help make sure your event is memorable, plus you’ll have access to high-speed internet, a wireless mic, surround sound speakers, and an LCD projector. And since this is a restaurant, you know the food is going to be on point.

13. Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom

Kridel Ballroom space at the Portland Art Museum

The Kridel Grand Ballroom venue in Portland. Source: Portland Art Museum

Location: Downtown

Capacity: 1,000

Want a dramatic backdrop for your next event? Looking for the utmost elegance that Portland has to offer? We’d like to introduce you to the Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. It’s ideal for ritzy fundraisers, high-class business meetings, and unforgettable weddings. Yes, this venue is stunning, but it’s also practical as renters have access to a full stage and built-in sound and projection system. Stun up to 1000 guests and plan your next event at Kridel.

14. Oregon Convention Center

Oregon Convention Center in Portland

Fit any-sized crowd at this Portland event venue. Source: Oregon Convention Center

Location: Lloyd District

Capacity: 15,000

When you just need more space, you need the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). The events hosted here are typically major conventions, expos and showcase varieties. The OCC event services team has over 50 shared years of experience in event planning and is known throughout the industry. They will be an invaluable resource to you as you take your happening from idea to full production. Conveniently, the convention center also gives guest easy-access to nearby hotels, parking, and restaurants. If you’re looking to create a seamless event experience, consider implementing an event management software that will help ensure your event runs smoothly from the get-go—attendee registration, mobile event app, and onsite check-in included.

15. The Aerie at Eagle Landing

The Aerie Portland event space

This idyllic setting will enchant event planners and attendees alike. Source: The Aerie at Eagle Landing

Location: Mt. Scott / Happy Valley

Capacity: 550

While it’s not exactly in Portland, The Aerie at Eagle Landing with its picturesque, French-styled chateau, tree-lined driveway, and timeless stone architecture are more than worth the 20 minute drive. You’ll be able to choose between seven different venues, indoor or outdoor, for your corporate event, social gathering, or magical “I Do” moment. When all the fun has ended, treat yourself to a round of golf on their beautifully maintained course.

16. University of Portland

University of Portland event venue

Open grounds characterize the campus at the University of Portland. Source: University of Portland

Location: University Park

Capacity: 4,000

Events at the University of Portland come in all shapes and sizes. This is not surprising, since they offer 115 beautifully managed spaces, including natural gardens, lecture halls, banquet facilities, and a 4,000 seat sports arena. If you plan to host a job fair, concert, conference, or festival in the near future, the University of Portland is definitely worth considering.

17. Miller Hall at The World Forestry Center

Miller Hall Portland Oregon event space

The high ceiling and exposed wood at Miller Hall. Source: The World Forestry Center

Location: Washington Park

Capacity: 180 – 350

Located in Washington Park, Miller Hall combines the advantages of a large space with a cozy atmosphere. You’ll feel like you’re hosting your event in a beautiful log cabin when you see the exposed beams, wood paneled walls, and polished stone floors. Able to host a wide range of events — corporate dinners, artistic performances, weddings and more — Miller Hall is a versatile event venue option.

18. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

The Crystal Ballroom Portland Venue

The floating dance floor in the Crystal Ballroom venue. Source: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Location: West End

Capacity: 1,000

Located in Portland’s West End, McMenamins has been around for a century. In the 1930’s and 40’s, famed gambling overlord, Al Winter managed his vast criminal empire from its bar. Today, this Portland event space awes event-goers with its vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers, swooping balcony and famous “floating” dance floor. Whether you’re getting married, hosting a business meeting, or celebrating a personal event, you’ll love this historic building. If you don’t need space for 1,000 guests, McMenamins also offers Lola’s Room, a second story venue suitable for up to 200 people.

19. The Tiffany Center

The Tiffany Center Portland Venue

One of the traditional ballroom event spaces at The Tiffany Center. Source: The Tiffany Center

Location:  West End / Pearl District

Capacity: 560

This downtown events center offers two ballrooms—the larger of which features gilded mirrors, gleaming wood floors, and a stunning entryway created by a local artist in the image of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Previous events include corporate gatherings, fundraisers and auctions, weddings, school get-togethers and more. In-house catering has been provided by Rafati’s Catering since 1995 and the experienced team is ready to cater your next event too.

20. The Gorge Pavilion

The Gorge Pavilion event space in Portland

The Gorge Pavilion at Marine Park, Cascade Locks. Source: The Gorge Pavilion

Location: Cascade Locks

Capacity: 325

Two hours from Downtown Portland, the rustically elegant Gorge Pavilion is truly representative of the Northwestern environment. Look around and admire the tongue-and-groove domed ceiling, or the plantation style shutters lining the walls. Outside, event planners have access to picnic areas and tents, making this a versatile event space. Whether you plan to host a wedding, reception, or corporate meeting, the Gorge Pavilion can accommodate with comfort and convenience.

Your Next Event

Every kind of venue can be found in the Rose City and many of them are endowed with a unique character you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

Portland has a lot to offer organizers, but finding the perfect event venue isn’t the easiest task. The 20 Oregon event spaces listed in this blog are a great start. Choose one that will truly wow your guests and make their evening unforgettable.

If you’re looking for other locations to host your next event, check out our other lists of venues below!

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