22 Gorgeous Raleigh Event Venues
Where can you find 9,000 acres of parkland, 1300 acres of water, and more than 40 free museums and attractions? The City of Oaks, of course. Raleigh, North Carolina, is so iconic that the entire town is considered a national historic landmark. And its appeal is no secret. More than 16 million people visit Raleigh each year, many of whom come for the hundreds of conventions, meetings, and company events held here each year. Those planning a major conference or small gathering need look no further than Raleigh–and this helpful list.
Capacity: 100 Location: 321 S. Blount St. Great For: Team Gatherings, Happy Hours Those planning high-end business meetings, team celebrations, and local meetups in Raleigh need to remember four little letters: MOFU. Located in Downtown Raleigh’s City Market neighborhood, MOFU Shoppe is a window-clad, warmly lit lounge located in a former garage (thus the Shoppe name). The first floor comfortably accommodates 30 seated or 40 standing, while the main dining room offers seats to another 100.
Location: 321 S. Blount St.
Great For: Team Gatherings, Happy Hours
Those planning high-end business meetings, team celebrations, and local meetups in Raleigh need to remember four little letters: MOFU. Located in Downtown Raleigh’s City Market neighborhood, MOFU Shoppe is a window-clad, warmly lit lounge located in a former garage (thus the Shoppe name). The first floor comfortably accommodates 30 seated or 40 standing, while the main dining room offers seats to another 100.
Location: 201 E Hargett St
Great For: Galas, Corporate Parties, Birthday Parties
Playful. That’s the calling card of Marbles, Raleigh’s very own award-winning kids’ museum. But don’t just think of Marbles for kids’ parties. The whimsy, color, and vibrancy of Marbles’ event spaces are perfect for corporate parties and galas that delight and surprise. The eye-popping maximum occupancy? 2000.
Location: 500 N Blount Street
Great For: Weddings, Holiday Parties
In 1876, a home was constructed that would go on to delight brides, guests, and Hollywood directors alike. The Merrimon Wynne House, located just steps from the Governor’s Mansion, is located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. Tall white ceilings and light-filled windows surround guests with elegance. Holiday parties, weddings, and photo shoots call the historic site home on a regular basis.
Location: 2201 Wakefield Plantation Dr
Great For: Company Meetings
Looking for some Southern charm? Host your next company retreat at a country club on a plantation. Onsite chefs and hospitality pros offer meetings the high-end service you’d expect from a country club, while the variety of meeting and dining spaces offer seating, meeting, presenting, and even golfing accommodations for groups of all sizes (up to 250).
Location: 309 North Dawson Street
Great For: Weddings, Receptions, Award Dinners
From 1900 until the Great Depression’s “Black Tuesday,” the Melrose Knitting Mill was a center of industry. Underwear and bathing suits were crafted in the brick building on Dawson Street until its closure made way for new life. Today, the building hosts weddings, receptions, and charming dinners for crowds of up to 200 in Downtown Raleigh.
Location: 230 Fayetteville St, 5th Floor
Great For: Small Private Parties
On the fifth floor of 230 Fayetteville sits a modern, light-filled space that can only be described as its name does: the Glass Box. Owned by the larger Stockroom at 230 venue, the Glass Box makes the perfect destination for small gatherings of 45 or fewer, or an add-on venue to a larger booking at the Stockroom.
Location: 215 Wolfe Street
Great For: Presentations, Receptions
Directly across from the newly renovated and oh-so-fashionable Moore’s Square Park, Market Hall welcomes crowds of 450 or fewer to its black chairs, glistening lights, and open ceilings. Both in-house and approved catering is permitted, and a bridal suite is included at no additional charge for certain events.
Location: 1040 Buck Jones Road
Great For: Family Gatherings, Private Parties
A short drive from Raleigh in Cary, Cypress Manor is a full-time event space that offers a fairly priced setting, tell columns, lovely chandeliers, a massive fireplace, and a ready-for-primetime dance floor. A quality and conveniently located venue for a rustic wedding.
Location: 11 West Jones Street
Great For: Galas
As professional event planners, we’ve seen our share of gorgeous galas. But none make us smile more than those enjoyed in the company of dinosaurs. North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences is an eye-popping collection of animal life by day, and a blank canvas for celebration by night. With capacity for 2300 black tie guests, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers a slew of various rooms and settings, each of which helps support its noble cause.
Location: 2411 Dunn Ave
Great For: Conventions, Performances
North Carolina State knows how to throw a good event. Their multiple venues offer something for everyone, and the Reynolds Coliseum is no exception. Following its $35 million renovations, the space now offers more than 19,000 square feet of space perfect for large presentations and performances. Plus, its built-in video screen makes A/V a snap (and impressive).
Location: 5400 Trinity Rd
Great For: Game-Day Company Celebrations
Another gem in the North Carolina State portfolio of event spaces, Vaughn Towers opened in 2005 with 110,000 square feet of private suites and viewing areas. Yes, event planners can reserve the spaces most any day of the week, but game-day bookings offer diligent teams or lucky families the best view in the house supported by quality catering and special entrances.
Location: 2703 Everett Ave
Great For: Ceremonies, Presentations
Dedicated in 1951 as part of the WPA, the Raleigh Rose Garden is one of just three accredited rose gardens in the entire state. Plus, it’s a public park. What does that mean for you? A surprisingly affordable venue for guest lists of up to 75 people. Those planning an outdoor ceremony for a small crowd would be wise to stop everything and call to check the venue’s calendar for availability.
Location: 1620 1/2 Glenwood Avenue
Great For: Meetups, Dance Parties
A neighborhood bar with style, Proof Five Points is a stylish yet relaxed venue perfect for casual meetups or dance parties. Engagement parties, class reunions, and milestone birthdays can find a solid location, attractive outdoor patio, and pleasing menu at this reasonably priced venue.
Location: 418 N. Person Street
Great For: Small Dinners
A historic home owned by the city of Raleigh, the Tucker House is a gorgeous mansion with a head-scratching low price tag: $100 per hour. A non-staffed venue, the house features white columns, a sweeping porch, and red brick entry sidewalk. Those in need of a fine venue on a tight budget should cross their fingers for availability at the Tucker House.
Location: 2820 Industrial Drive
Great For: Musical Performances, Company Parties
How would you like to hold your next party at the Ritz? No, not that Ritz. A far cry from the opulent hotel chain, Raleigh’s Ritz is one of the city’s most beloved music venues. Featuring a classic twinkling light sign, red carpet entry, and built-in video capabilities, the Ritz is a turnkey venue for hip company parties prominently featuring musical acts or other performances.
Location: 4804 Mial Plantation Road
Great For: Picnics, Outdoor Ceremonies
Charm: that’s the calling card of Walnut Hill, a white barn sitting on 15 acres of green lawns and glistening ponds. Painted white with dusty blue trim, Walnut Hill’s pavilion offers up to 200 guests seating for a beautiful reception, while the main house provides space for bridal parties to get ready in style. A no-brainer for wedding planners in search of a spot guaranteed to impress.
Location: 108 1/2 East Hargett Street
Great For: Fundraisers, Company Parties
A self-proclaimed “bar and social house,” The Architect is a bespoke downtown space that could have just as easily been named “The Tailor” for its lush fabrics, tufted booths, and carefully selected materials. The space crafts catering in-house, from hors d’oeuvres to full meals, but truly shines in the beverage department. Their inventive cocktails and craft beers possess the same thoughtfulness as space itself.
Location: 230 Fayetteville Street
Great For: Company Parties, Mixers
A chic gallery of exposed brick, lattice ceilings, and hardwood floors, the Stockroom at 230 is named after its history and address. Once a straightforward stockroom, space is known today as one of the premier spots for warmly-lit weddings, thought-provoking mixers, and celebratory company parties.
Location: 224 S Blount St
Great For: Mixers, Meetups
If you have at least three months’ notice, you may be in luck. The Pour House is among Raleigh’s liveliest music venues, and lucky for us, it’s available for buy-outs for special events. Either the entire venue or its second floor can be used for private events, mixers, and rad performances.
Location: 4200 Graham Newton
Great For: Corporate Retreats, Private Parties
A family-owned farm in Wake County, Morris Peaceland Farm is a 13-acre refuge cloaked in nature and ripe for recharging. As with all venues, Morris Peaceland Farm caters frequently to weddings. But its true value shines with corporate retreats, which benefit from its “just far enough” location and refreshing surroundings.
Location: 1125 Capital Boulevard
Great For: Receptions, Social Parties
The Fairview, a sophisticated space located in the Five Points neighborhood, features arched wood ceilings, sweeping windows, views of Downtown Raleigh, and an impressive outdoor terrace. The open floor plan offers just enough style and infrastructure for corporate events in need of room to create, or weddings with big visions.
Location: 5581 Harward Lane
Great For: Company Retreats, Family Gatherings
Known simply as “the Meadows” for short, the Meadows at Firefly Farm isn’t one venue but four distinct spaces with covered space for crowds of up to 250 located on a 115-acre preserve. Without a skyscraper in sight, the Meadows offers an escape from city life and expansive views of the sky above. Rentals include usage of quaint pieces of “reclaimed furniture,” while an optional tent can expand the capacity to 500.