Unique Event Venues for Every Occasion

Known for its dynamic culture, creative spark, and richly diverse community, Berkeley showcases vibrant spirit, unwavering originality, and inclusive atmosphere when it comes to hosting events in unique venues.

Outdoor Marvels:

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Offering a serene oasis nestled in Strawberry Canyon and overlooking the San Francisco Bay, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley is home to over 10,000 species of plants from around the world. Amidst its lush landscape lies the majestic Redwood Grove & Amphitheatre, a picture-perfect setting for intimate weddings or gatherings.

The indoor aspect of the Garden is a historical gem, the Julia Morgan Hall, originally designed by the legendary Julia Morgan in 1911. This architectural masterpiece fitting 60 guests max, has undergone a meticulous restoration, blending its timeless grandeur with modern accessibility standards.

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Berkeley Rose Garden

Located in the scenic Berkeley hills, the Berkeley Rose Garden is a breathtaking outdoor venue with 1,500 rose bushes, 250 varieties of roses, and an incredible Bay Area view. With its manicured rose bushes, redwood pergolas, and terraced amphitheater, it provides a tranquil setting for weddings and celebrations. Want to add some athleisure to your event? The Berkeley Rose Garden is cleverly placed right next to tennis courts, available for reservation year-round.

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Tilden Regional Park

For those seeking a more rustic ambiance, Tilden Regional Park offers a range of outdoor spaces. From meadows to lakeshores, a PGA golf course to gardens, this expansive park provides a natural backdrop for events like picnics, team-building activities, and family reunions.

Additionally, for any gathering needing to add an indoor component, Tilden Park offers The Brazilian Room. With its spacious indoor hall, seating 150, large windows overlooking the forest, coupled with a scenic outdoor patio, the Brazilian Room provides a perfect blend of natural beauty and charm for unforgettable gatherings. This iconic Berkeley venue books well in advance, so plan accordingly.

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Venues with a Twist:

Freight & Salvage

With its cozy yet spacious interior, flexible seating arrangements, and top-notch acoustic and streaming system, Freight and Salvage Concert Hall offers an unforgettable setting for concerts, fundraisers, workshops, and more. Located two blocks from the UC Berkeley campus and half a block from BART in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, The Freight promises a memorable experience for all attendees.

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CIEL Creative Spaces

CIEL Creative Spaces stands out as a premier venue for hosting large events and meetings. Boasting a spacious and modern design, CIEL offers flexible layouts and state-of-the-art amenities to accommodate gatherings of all sizes. With its capacity to hold up to 1,300 attendees (with a total buyout), CIEL provides stunning space for conferences, seminars, workshops, and corporate events. Its central location in Berkeley, coupled with its sleek and versatile interior, makes CIEL Creative Spaces the ideal choice for those seeking a sophisticated and dynamic setting to inspire creativity and collaboration.

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David Brower Center

The David Brower Center stands as a beacon of sustainability (LEED Platinum Certified) and community engagement, offering a unique venue for large events and meetings. With its environmentally conscious design and versatile spaces, the center can accommodate gatherings of various sizes, from intimate meetings to grand receptions with 500 as its max capacity. Its commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility adds an extra dimension of purpose and meaning to any event hosted within its walls.

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