In-person events are back and they’re smaller and more local than ever. In 2022, they will keep moving out of impersonal hotel ballrooms to more unique venues. One of the biggest event trends in 2022 is sourcing venues with character. Local event venues can make a lasting impression on your attendees and gives them a chance to get to know the destination better.
Today, we are acknowledging this event trend by giving you a list of the best event venues in Phoenix, Arizona. After all, our founder Will Curran is a proud Phoenician and is happy to share his venue sourcing tips with the world.
Phoenix is a great destination for corporate events because it has warm weather year-round, giving planners the option to move their events outdoors should there be a last-minute COVID-19 outbreak. Some of the best Phoenix event venues are former warehouses, renovated into urban spaces with rustical elements that support local businesses. Others, however, are set away from downtown, in the desert.
Read the blog to learn more about these amazing spaces for corporate events, weddings, and social gatherings, such as amenities, attendee capacity, and what the atmosphere is like.
The Van Buren is a concert venue with a 1,800 capacity, but it can also be rented out for corporate events, weddings, and community events for up to 600 attendees. The rental costs start at $15,000. It is located within a former automotive showroom, originally built in 1939, and it is not lacking unique charm.
The Van Buren team can also help with event production. They also allow outside catering.
A postal storage warehouse turned stylish event venue, the Clayton House hosts weddings, celebrations, and corporate events for up to 700 attendees. While its industrial skeleton remains, this venue is adorned with rustic elements, such as a beautiful patio, comfortable furniture, wood rafters, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. With two indoor/outdoor spaces, the venue is perfect for hosting breakout sessions and networking events.
The venue also comes with exceptional in-house catering (including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free selection), a green room, a customizable light wall, and more. Let the accolades speak for themselves; they recently won 2nd place in the 2020 Global Future Design Award.
monOrchid is a 14,000-square-foot unique venue that accommodates gatherings of all sorts. It can turn itself into an art gallery, collaborative workspace, corporate meeting space, or wedding venue. If you are looking for a venue that will give your attendees a sense of the local culture, this is the perfect Phoenix venue for you as it also houses local restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shops.
The venue can host up to 150 guests seated and 250 guests standing and lends itself to various types of events: product launches, conferences, company parties, networking events, and team-building events. Additionally, the monOrchid provides many in-house services or event partners, such as:
- event AV/production (wireless internet, cyclorama, lighting, electrical outlets, load in and load out),
- catering (bar, various cuisine packages, service team),
- event security,
- event staff (event planner, DJs, photographers, entertainers),
- the room block at the partnered FOUND:RE hotel.
On Jackson is a downtown Phoenix event venue that used to be a warehouse. In 2015, it has been completely renovated. Now, it makes for a great venue for various types of corporate events, such as seminars, product launches, and board meetings. A list of their amenities includes:
- event technology solutions (LED signage, Sonos Soundsystem, TV screens, live streaming services),
- a variety of spaces (green rooms, an office for event coordinators, separate entrances for speakers, a mother’s room),
- furniture, whiteboards, and other presentation essentials,
- in-house catering.
They also allow working with outside vendors and bringing your custom signage.
On Jackson is the perfect venue for those who want their attendees to get a sense of what Phoenix was like in the past. The old brick walls remain, but thanks to vaulted ceilings and wood details, it is the perfect mix of the contemporary and the historic.
The Croft Downtown is an urban venue, perfect for weddings, corporate meetings, and other social gatherings for up to 350 attendees. It boasts over 10,000 square feet of space (two indoor rooms) and an additional 2,500 square feet patio. This popular Phoenix event venue was booked for corporate events by clients, such as GoDaddy, Facebook, Google, EO, and more.
If you’re looking for a venue that has mastered the art of event design, this is the spot for you. Their parent company is Angelic Grove, Arizona’s top luxury floral and decor designer, so you can count on impeccable furniture and flowers that will give your corporate event a truly elegant and sophisticated look. Additionally, they offer in-house catering and valet parking.
If your clientele appreciates the finer things in life, consider planning your next corporate event at Hilton Phoenix Tapatio Cliffs Resort. It has over 65,000 square feet of space and 36 board rooms, perfect for conferences and events of various sizes. Attendees can stay right at the resort as it has 584 rooms.
While it’s true that we typically challenge event planners to take their events outside hotel ballrooms, this one has made the list because of its amazing location close to Phoenix’s signature mountainous terrain.
Unlike other venues on this list, Desert Foothills is not an urban Phoenix event venue. It is tucked away in the desert. There is plenty of outdoor and indoor space: a 10,000-square-foot barn, 2,500-square-foot patio, a dance floor, and a cookout area.
It makes for a great setting for corporate events, weddings, birthdays, team-building events, and other celebrations. Their amenities include:
- full production and AV assistance,
- full-service event management and vendor coordination,
- on-site catering and staff,
- event decorations.
They are located near North Scottsdale, close to major hotels where your attendees can stay for the night. The main selling point is their rustic barn with high ceilings, surrounded by pristine Arizona desert.
The Best Phoenix Event Venues
The Valley of the Sun is a lively metropolis, so sourcing the perfect event venues for your Phoenix event should not be too difficult. Let your overarching event strategy and target audience be your guide. Where can you best reach your event goals: an elegant rooftop, an industrial space with rustic decorations, or a secluded property in the desert?
Endless Events is a nationwide event management company, but Phoenix is particularly close to our hearts. This is where Endless was born! So, reach out to us when you’re in town or if you are looking for trusted event partners. We are the true Phoenix experts you can count on for all things events, from strategy and management to production and design.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally written in January 2015 and has been completely updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy.