Where can I host my next event? I get asked this question very often. So here is a breakdown:
Lofty Spaces: Most affordable venue on this list with a rental fee of $250/h, comes with tables and chairs, basic lighting & sound, great outside patio, great backstage space with a kitchen, portable bars and the walls can be rearranged. If you are planning a fashion show you will have to bring in extra lighting. Another aspect to be aware of is that there is only one way to get to the restrooms, unless you create a changing area in the main venue, your guests will interfere with you production crossing paths with models and artists trying to reach the restrooms. You can bring in your own liquor and make money at the bar 🙂.
Women’s Museum: One of my favorite venues!!! Not your typical event space with high ceilings and lots and lots of space. It is available to be rented out according to floors but keep in mind that the first floor alone can hold up to 600 people. It has several smaller rooms, an auditorium, great backstage space, a prep kitchen and the beautiful fountain in front of the main entrance to welcome guests. Starts at $3600 for 5 hour event. The only downside is that you will literally only have access to the 4 walls of the Women’s Museum, therefore you will be required to secure all amenities and services from either outside vendors or Fair Park’s suggested and exclusive vendors. Very popular venue has to be booked 6-9 months in advance!!!
6500: Great venue that can be rented in thirds and accommodates 50-1000 guests. They provide almost everything from chairs&tables, to AV-Sound system, pipe&drape, lounge furniture, bars etc. Starts at $5000, great for non-profit, social and corporate events as well as wedding receptions.
7 for Parties: Has great art work and decor, also provides discounts for non-profit and charitable events. Rental fee $2800-$4800 depending on day (Saturday most expensive). If you decide on not using one of their vendors an additional charge will apply. Holds up to 500 guests. Great for tastings, social events and fashion shows.
Chandelier Room: Beautiful venue with great chandeliers (hint hint lol). Doesn’t have a real back stage area only a hallway between loading dock and inside of the venue. Bring in fans if you plan on using it as a backstage location. All services and amenities have to be secured through exclusive vendors. You won’t be able to make any money on drinks and food unless you factor it in the ticket price. Cash bar was available but we had to reach a specific minimum, if this minimum hadn’t been reached we would have had to pay the difference. Great for upscale events where an elegant ambiance is key. $2500-$4500 (for 4 hour event).
Empire Room: Nice venue with great backstage area, patio and prep kitchen. Comes with chairs and tables. All AV, lighting, pipe&drape and staging services have to be booked through the venue’s exclusive vendors. Here you can make money at the bar but have to pay a $1500 fee to bring in your own staff and bar. Valet parking is required! Rents for $2500-$7000 depending on day and month.
Gas Monkey Live: Ideal for musical performances or holistic concepts such as Art, Fashion and Art shows e.g. The Cosign Experience. We had over 40 vendors and 600 guests in attendance. 100% of the bar will go to the venue unless you have a sponsor and arrange a buy-back situation. Rental fee is $20,000 it comes with EVERYTHING besides chairs. I loved the live projection on the big screens. Not ideal for fashion shows but you can work around it.
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