Spotlight Location: Walnut Creek

The City of Walnut Creek, California offers several beautiful indoor and outdoor options for weddings and corporate events. Because these venues are city-owned, the city offers them at rental rates far below the going rates for rental spots throughout the Bay Area.

One of the best features of these venues is the option to bring in your own caterer. Because many of these halls come with catering kitchens, any caterer would welcome the chance to help you host an event. In addition, the city allows beer, wine, and liquor for some events for a very affordable fee.

Because of the City of Walnut Creek is home to many historic, beautiful locations, you won’t be compromising on the venue just so you have more control over the cost of food and alcohol. For example, the Shadelands Art Center offers a hall with seating up to 300 for dinner along with ample space for a dance floor. Thanks to building upgrades, you can easily plug into the center’s audio-visual system for a DJ, live band, and slide show. The complimentary wi-fi is also a rare find for large, event locations. The Shadelands Art Center also offers an adjacent, outdoor patio that makes for a perfect ceremony location, wine-and-cheese reception, or children’s play area (or all three).

Walnut Creek has additional venue options that you can preview, along with fees and rental guidelines, at the city’s website: http://walnut-creek.org/citygov/depts/arts_rec_cs/recreation/facilities/rentals.asp.

Frequently overlooked, these kinds of municipal wedding and event locations generally make for a more affordable and flexible option.