Boasting a population of over 660,000, Seattle is one of America’s most scenic cities. Home to major tech corporations such as Microsoft, Tableau, and Amazon (two of which are featured in our Events Hall of Fame eBook), Seattle is also known for its breathtaking mountain ranges, national parks, and lush green scenery. Given this balance between a robust tech scene and a beautiful landscape, it is no wonder that Seattle is a popular destination for major conferences and events. Here are 30 of the best event venues the city has to offer, ranging from intimate workshop spaces to massive convention centers.
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1) EM Event Center
With over 2,500 sq. ft. of space and plenty of natural lighting, the EM event center is ideal for smaller gatherings that are aiming for a clean and intimate atmosphere. The wide open floor plan and outdoor patio offer event planners plenty of space to get creative. The venue can fit up to 144 people and boasts a fully stocked kitchen for catering options.
This beautiful waterfront hotel is perfect for large business conferences that are looking for a calm, scenic view. The ballroom has a capacity of up to 600 and there are 13 additional breakout rooms. Achieving the perfect balance between elegant and professional, this hotel venue is a great selection for business events.
Boasting an elegant and modern look, the Fremont Foundry is a great venue for large scale conferences that are centered around networking. The open interior and large windows provide ample space to not only mingle, but to share important ideas. Able to fit over 800 people, this venue is for the planner with a creative vision.
This restaurant is much more than a sports bar and grill. The venue is often booked for private events, given its 600 person capacity and diverse selection of private rooms. From social gatherings to professional events, Art Marble 21 offers a vibrant atmosphere to serve as the perfect backdrop for the innovative event organizer.
This 7-acre museum is ideal for large scale events given its 4,000 person capacity. Located in downtown Seattle, The Pacific Science Center can be utilized for all types of events. Renting the entire venue includes access to all the exhibits, which means that attendees can be listening to speakers and mingling with dinosaurs all during the same night.
This beautiful aquarium is located on Pier 59 at the edge of Pudget Sound’s Elliott Bay. With a capacity of 800 people, the Seattle Aquarium offers guests a chance to enjoy one of the most incredible spaces in Seattle. Check out this venue for creative live experiences that will surely leave an impression on your attendees.
Set against the backdrop of the famous Seattle Space Needle, this one-of-a-kind museum offers an amazing event venue filled with creative energy that is unparalleled. From corporate meetings to intimate gatherings, the MoPOP offers an awe-inspiring setting for all kinds of special occasions.
8) Space Needle
There are very few things that are as exhilarating as hosting an event inside the famous Seattle Space Needle. The Skyline level is the Space Needle’s private event and banquet space that fits up to 350 people. Located 100 feet above ground, this venue provides one of the most breathtaking views in all of Seattle.
The Triple Door is perfect for event organizers who are looking to wow their attendees on multiple levels. With two main reception rooms, the Mainstage Theatre and the Musicuarium Lounge, this venue can fit up to 450 people. Given its versatility of rooms and space, the Triple Door provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere for grand events.
Though a popular venue for weddings, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is also a great venue for corporate gatherings with a focus on open spaces. The glass ceilings and beautiful outdoor scenery provide a breathtaking atmosphere that is sure to energize and inspire. With a capacity of 1,500, this venue is the perfect blank canvas for the visionary event planner.
When an event venue can also be used as a helicopter hangar, it’s safe to say that the space is on the larger side. With theater seating, the Warren G. Magnuson Park is able to seat 1,300 people in their huge indoor facility. The wide array of rooms includes an art studio, auditorium, and multiple meeting rooms. With a venue as spacious and versatile as this one, visionary event organizers will be able to craft an impressive experience.
12) 1927 Events
Rich in Seattle history, 1927 Events was first built in the late 1920s and beautifully renovated in 2012. The high ceilings along with the exposed brick and beams adds an organic aesthetic to an already gorgeous venue. The space provides 3,000 sq. ft. and achieves the right balance between intimate and spacious. The venue is located within blocks of downtown hotels, Pike Place Market, and the Great Seattle Wheel.
According to the venue designer, the objective of WithinSodo was to highlight the natural materials of the space and create a “function through form” aesthetic. This incredibly unique Seattle venue is as functional as it is visually captivating. The space consists of three dividable rooms of 1600 sq. ft. each, a 3000 sq. ft. roof deck, and a fully stocked caterer’s kitchen. The venue is perfect for all types of events, from corporate gatherings to social functions.
14) Floor Thirteen
This venue boasts a truly unique interior design that is very versatile in its function. A space for smaller events, Floor 13 fits up to 80 people and offers a full sound system as well as full kitchen. Floor 13 is conducive to socializing, creativity, and entertaining in style.
15) Hilton Bellevue
Conveniently located near many large corporate groups in the Bellevue-Seattle area, the Hilton Bellevue is the ideal venue for corporate events. The hotel offers 60,000 sq. ft. in meeting space, the largest room holding up to 1,000 guests. From business conferences to galas, the Hilton Bellevue can be used for multiple purposes.
Located just east of Seattle in the beautiful city of Bellevue, the Meydenbauer Center is one of the largest and most flexible event venues that Washington has to offer. With a maximum capacity of 3,500, this space can be utilized for conventions, meetings, banquets, auctions, you name it. The venue’s versatility and open space is every event planner’s dream.
The Bell Harbor Conference Center offers 100,000 sq. ft. of open space that is ideal for large scale events. The venue also boasts a 180-degree view of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainer, Puget Sound’s Eilliott Bay, and the Seattle Skyline. With all encompassing amenities including A/V equipment, breakout rooms, and a business center, this venue is extremely versatile in its functionality.
18) Westin Seattle
The Westin Seattle provides highly functional and versatile space for large scale events. With 29 newly renovated rooms and 69,000 total sq. ft., the possibilities are endless. The space also includes advanced technological capabilities that provide a smooth and seamless experience for attendees.
With 8,700 sq. ft. of floor space, the Seattle Design Center provides ample versatility for an event organizer. Surrounded by showrooms, high ceilings and beautiful skylights, the design center offers a unique space that can meet all event needs.
By far the largest event venue in the state, the Washington State Convention Center holds a capacity of 45,000 and hosts large scale international conferences. It’s no surprise that the convention center offers full stock services such as food and beverage, electrical, and telecommunications. For event organizing teams looking to execute on a large scale, the Washington State Convention Center is the perfect venue.
With its beautiful, antique interior design and historical relevance, the Arctic Club is a great venue for elegant and upscale events. The venue comes with wireless internet, state-of-the-art AV system, and full catering services. With a capacity of 400, this venue can be used for all types of events.
22) 415 Westlake
415 Westlake is a distinctive northwest venue for a wide range of events, from receptions to product launches. Its amenities include a full AV package, wireless internet, tables and chairs, and a full stock kitchen for catering services. With its large open space and high quality sound system, 415 Westlake is the perfect backdrop for your next event.
23) Fremont Abbey
Rich in history and character, this 101-year-old building is a popular choice for weddings and receptions. Its warm interior and open space makes it a versatile venue that can be used for corporate and professional events as well. The space boasts a capacity of approximately 400 and has two separate floors.
The Green River Event Center is located on 180 acres of land of beautiful countryside, providing the perfect scenic backdrop for your event. A dedicated event team is available to help with all on-site needs, including catering and AV services. With a capacity of up to 2,000, this venue is large enough for the biggest of event endeavors.
This modern and classy event venue contains over 20 meetings rooms and offers 27,000 sq. ft. of space. The Renaissance is conveniently located near financial, medial, and business districts for easy transportation. This venue is the ideal location for professional conferences and summits.
This museum is full of fascinating vintage gadgets and computers, providing a unique backdrop for your event. The different exhibitions on computer history create an atmosphere of creativity and originality. The venue can fit up to 800, being able to accommodate meidum-scale expositions as well as smaller gatherings.
27) Museum of Flight
What could be more inspiring than being surrounded by incredible machines of aviation? The Museum of Flight provides an ideal setting for events that focus on creative collaboration. With a capacity of 4,000, the venue is able to host large events as well as intimate workshops.
With breathtaking views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains, this museum offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. World-class sculptures bring about an atmosphere of awe and wonder. Olympic Sculpture Park has a capacity of 350, allowing plenty of attendees to enjoy this unique space.
Located adjacent to the Seattle Airport, this hotel is ideal for business conferences and meetups. The 40,000 sq. ft. space and 26 meeting rooms can fit up to 1,200 people. The venue also offers complimentary shuttle service to and from nearby airports, making transportation even more convenient. The Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center is a great functional venue for professional events.
30) Mad Art Studio
This large-scale artists’ workspace also serves as a perfect venue for creative event coordinators. With its layered brick walls and dark metal pillars, the Mad Art Studio’s organic aesthetic inspires moments of innovation. The venue can hold up to 275 people within its 3,800 sq. ft. space. This unique venue is sure to impress every attendee who walks through the door.
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