We are delighted to present this guide featuring many of the uniquely distinctive venues in and around greater Rochester that are perfect for meetings, conferences, galas, weddings, and special events. If we can assist you with Audio Visual needs at your functions, please call us at 585-325-4250, or email Justin@CheshireAV.com.

The Arbor Loft – The Arbor Loft is owned by Agathi & Co., a full-service event planning company. Their team strives to relate to clients’ needs and ensure a successful outcome for everyone involved. They plan, organize and produce events large and small, including weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and private parties. With two unique locations at the Port of Rochester and downtown on East Avenue, there’s a perfect venue for every occasion. The venues are located at 1000 North River Street at the Port of Rochester and 17 Pitkin Street in downtown Rochester. To discuss your needs, call (585) 454-9917 or email info@arborvenues.com.

ARTISANworks – ARTISANworks is a 40,000 square foot event space with close to a dozen rooms that can accommodate almost any type of event from wedding or banquet, to product launch, trade show, corporate meeting, fundraiser or holiday affair. Surrounded floor to ceiling by sculpture, paintings and contemporary art created by local, regional and  international masters, your guests will be enthralled! Fivestar cuisine is available or you may use your preferred caterer. ARTISANworks is located at 565 Blossom Road in Rochester. To book your event, call 585.288.7170, or use ARTISANworks’ contact form.

Ballroom 384 at City Grill Designed to be a multi-purpose space, The Ballroom 384 is capable of supporting any of your event needs, from weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate gatherings, family gatherings, anniversaries and more, The Ballroom is equipped to hold any event big or small. Ballroom 384 has 2000 square ft. of space and can accommodate up to 160 guests. Audio visual includes full color LED lighting, Screen Projector, and full HD AV.  Book your next event at The Ballroom 384 at City Grill by calling (585) 222-2489 or using Ballroom 384’s contact form.

Black Button Tasting Room – The Black Button Tasting Room is the ideal venue for your next Birthday, Family Gathering, Business Meeting, Charity Event, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Bridal Shower, Holiday Party, Private Event or any other Special Occasion! Their event specialist will help you plan every detail to ensure an unforgettable experience! Include a VIP Tour for a truly unique event. For more information or to begin planning your event, please contact 585.730.4512 or Events@BlackButtonDistilling.com. Located at 85 Railroad Street in Rochester, with an additional tasting room in Buffalo.

Burgundy Basin –Burgundy Basin is the perfect venue for small parties or weddings and corporate events such as seminars, trade shows and galas. From relaxed to formal, traditional to themed, they can create a customized, unique affair. The outdoor area offers 10 private acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, and several covered pavilions. The Burgundy Basin’s professional chefs and bakers can offer customized menus guaranteed to please every palate.  Located at 1361 Marsh Rd. in Pittsford, New York, along the historic Erie Canal. For more information or to book your event, call 585.248.2660, or use their contact form.

Eastman Museum – One of only two National Historic Landmarks in Greater Rochester, the George Eastman Museum combines the world’s leading museum of photography and film with the mansion and gardens of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company. The Eastman Museum facilities, including theaters, gardens, and areas of the museum and historic mansion are available for rental by corporate members, charitable nonprofit organizations, photography- and cinema-related organizations, colleges and universities, and George Eastman Society members. The museum is located at 900 East Avenue in Rochester. For information, contact Allen Buell, (585) 327-4888 or abuell@eastman.org.

Geva Theatre Center – From an 18th century arsenal to a 21st century playhouse, the historically grand and architecturally breathtaking Geva Theater is one of Western New York’s most striking performance arts venues and distinctive wedding reception facilities. Geva offers a choice of two stunning ceremony spaces with comfortable seating as well as both large and small reception venues all under one roof. Our unique dressing rooms located directly beneath the two theatres provide private space for each wedding party. Make your special day a full production. Geva Theatre offers customizable. Special inclusion features for each package Opportunity to say “I Do” on the Geva Theatre Stage!  For more information, fill out this form.

Harro East Ballroom – The Harro East is a landmark facility located in the heart of Rochester. This elegant Georgian-style complex is 15,000 square feet in size with a 1,000 square foot balcony overlooking 6,000 square feet of open hardwood floor space. It features a full theater stage and a Broadway-style lobby, which provides comfort and handicapped accessibility for any private or public function. Their professional culinary staff can create a menu that features a full selection of wines and champagnes, full course served dinners, outstanding buffets, and beautiful and delectable sweets displays. Located at 155 N. Chestnut St. For more information, call 585-454-0230 or use their contact form.

Hochstein School of Music and Dance – Formerly a church that had its auditorium designed in the round to focus on community, Hochstein School of Music and Dance makes its facilities available for rent. The performance hall accommodates 857 people, the smaller one will hold 102, and there is a lovely conference room that will accommodate up to 50 people. Its location at 50 North Plymouth Ave. in downtown Rochester, with nearby parking, makes it an ideal venue for concerts, retreats, workshops, conferences, graduations, or recognition events For more information, contact Danielle Varenka at 585-454-4403, ext. 19 or email danielle.varenka@hochstein.org.

The Inn on Broadway –The Inn on Broadway specializes in full-service event planning. You can be ensured that every detail of your wedding, banquet, or meeting will be treated with the utmost care and competence by their highly trained staff of event specialists. There are multiple private rooms available to meet the needs of almost any size group. In addition to planning and preparing a delicious menu to be served in impeccable surroundings, they are also able to provide other event planning services. The Inn on Broadway is located at 26 Broadway in downtown Rochester.  For more information or to book an event call 585.232.3595 or click here to submit an RFP.

Kin Event Space – Kin is the hot spot for bashes big and small, frrom chic soirées to industrial-strength shindigs. Situated in a former shipping warehouse at the edge of Rochester’s historic NOTA district, our event space is open and modern, with intriguing hints of its industrial past. We welcome parties of all sizes, for any occasion. To accommodate all styles, the space isn’t overly “designed.” We’ve intentionally left it a blank canvas, so to speak. Let the revels commence. Kin Event Space is located at 52 Sager Drive in Rochester. For more information or to book an event call 585.705.1332 or email info@kineventspace.com.

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Kodak Center for Performing Arts – Kodak Center for Performing Arts was originally built in 1959, and designed to be the finest performing arts building in Western New York. With over 400,000 square feet of conference and event space, over 1900 seats, the largest theater in Rochester, 2 additional theaters, 20 conference rooms, 10 dressing rooms, 1400 parking spaces, and over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, it would be hard to imagine a corporate or performance event for which this venue wouldn’t be exceptional. Kodak Center for Performing Arts is located at 200 Ridge Road West in Rochester. For more information, call (585) 254-0181 or use their contact form.

The Little Theatre – The Little Theatre hosts many private and public events every year! From crowd-pleasing cuisine and concessions options, to theatre rentals, seminars, school screenings, weddings, and everything in between, the historic Little Theatre is a great option for your special event. Their 70-seat café adjacent to Little 2-5 provides the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or social events. For events from 20 to 296…they’re the perfect place for unforgettable gatherings. To discuss options, contact Bri Merkel at 585-258-0404 or Bri@thelittle.org.

Memorial Art Gallery – Dramatic architecture. Great works of art. Unparalleled service. The meeting spaces and amenities at the Memorial Art Gallery give you the opportunity to create an event your guests or coworkers will remember for years to come. From weddings and corporate receptions, to galas, showers, recitals and lectures, MAG’s picturesque surroundings. Flexible meeting spaces, fine dining and full-service gourmet catering, private viewing of the museum and ample free parking make it memorable as well as convenient. Memorial Art Gallery is located at 500 University Avenue in Rochester. For information, call 585.276.8950 or use the contact form.

New York Kitchen – Located on the north end of beautiful Canandaigua Lake, with awe-inspiring views, and a breathtaking atmosphere, this will be an event your guests won’t likely forget. Our chefs work directly with local area farmers to provide farm-to-table fare with a New York State twist. In all our weddings, events, meetings, and private celebrations, we pride ourselves in showcasing the best of what New York has to offer, and we can’t wait to share it with you. New York Kitchen is located at 800 South Main Street in Canandaigua. For information, or to book your event, call (585) 394-7070 or use the contact form.

The Penthouse at One East Avenue – The Penthouse at One East Avenue is a unique rooftop event venue like no other in Rochester. For corporate meetings, weddings, and extraordinary experiences and events, you’ll enjoy the finest food and cocktails in this beautiful, sophisticated atmosphere. Perched above downtown with a stunning panorama from Lake Ontario to the Bristol Hills, The Penthouse is surrounded by historic architecture, skyscrapers, and natural beauty seen from its chic interior or the wraparound open-air terrace. Holds up to 250 people, 144 seated, 125 with a dance floor. Located at One East Avenue in downtown Rochester. For more information, call 585-775-2013 or use their contact form.

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Rochester Brainery – Conveniently located at 176 Anderson Ave. F109 in  downtown Rochester, you can rent Rochester Brainery for your next meeting, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, small wedding or other event! The Rochester Brainery is able to hold up to 44 people in our Gallery Room and 60 people in our Green Room, depending on your set-up, and with free and easy parking, ADA accessibility, the ability to bring in your own caterer, invitation design and photography options, they’re your one-stop shop for smaller events. You can even incorporate one of your classes into your function. For more information or to book your event, call 585.730.7034 or use their contact form.

Rochester Museum & Science Center The RMSC offers elegant, classic, and science-inspired venues for your unforgettable wedding or event. Holding a business meeting or corporate event? Planning a family event like a retirement or anniversary party? Consider the intimate Cunningham House, the spacious Eisenhart Auditorium, or our formal Ballroom and Palm Court. Or for an out-of-the-ordinary experience, consider one of the Science Museum galleries or the Strasenburgh Planetarium. We can help arrange a unique experience for intimate groups of 40 to 60 guests or larger groups of 150 to 200. Contact Sarah Janas at 585.697.1943 or hospitality@rmsc.org. RMSC is located at 657 East Avenue in Rochester.

Seneca Park Zoo – Seneca Park Zoo is the perfect place for a fun and memorable event. We have unique venues for nearly any occasion and group size, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Zoo. You and your guests will enjoy delicious cuisine and personalized service from the Zoo’s own catering team, Eagle’s Landing Cafe and Catering. If you want to truly immerse your guests into a full Zoo experience, we can arrange guided tours, animal presentations, and special animal enrichment programs to enhance your event. Hosting your event at Seneca Park Zoo supports our education programs and our conservation efforts to save animals from extinction. For more information, call 585.295.7399.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion Historic Park – Your guests will enjoy stepping back to a bygone era at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion Historic Park. With both indoor options, in the historic, renovated Carriage House or Wine Center, and outdoor options under a tent on the lush gardened grounds during the warmer months, Sonnenberg can accommodate from 20 people to 250 for a small party, gala event, reception or wedding. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion is located at 151 Charlotte Street in Canandaigua. For more information or to book your event, contact Deb Kelly at (585) 394-4922 from November through April or (585) 919-0087 from May through October.

Studio 180 – Centrally located in the historic Saint Paul Quarter, walking distance to Rochester’s best hotels. Their loft style architecture and eclectic décor serve as the perfect backdrop for a wedding reception venue, party or event space. Pre-war details feature beautiful exposed brick, warm oak timber, polished maple hardwoods, 20ft beamed ceilings and large windows offering plenty of natural light. Located at 180 St. Paul Street in Rochester.  For more info, contact John at: info@180stpaul.com or call 585.259.8945.

Temple B’rith Kodesh –Temple B’rith Kodesh is the perfect setting for your special occasion. The Wolk Family Center can accommodate sit-down meals for up to 500 people. It features a full stage and sound system and has a full-size restaurant-style kitchen. The Feinbloom Atrium is more intimate, for gatherings of up to 100 people and it features full glass walls/windows on two sides and a unique museum quality Menorah Collection on the other two walls.  Ample free parking and handicap accessible. Located at 21411 Elmwood Avenue in Rochester. For more information or to book an event, call Terri Richardson at (585) 244-7060, ext. 229 or e-mail Terri by clicking here

University Gallery at RIT – A premier exhibition space and event venue on the RIT campus; University Gallery features curated bodies of work that inspire creativity and spark the imagination. Exhibitions showcase RIT’s extensive archives, Vignelli Center for Design Studies archives, work of professional alumni, and works by esteemed regional artists and designers. It is a unique venue to host important events, is well suited for both large and intimate gatherings, and offers a versatile floor plan to accommodate a dinner or luncheon, award ceremony, open house, board meeting, reception, conference, or academic lecture. For more information call Wendy Marks at 585-475-3469 for exhibitions or Jessica Serpe at 585-475-2404 for Events.

The Winterergarden – Located at One Bausch & Lomb Place in downtown Rochester, The Wintergarden, in the Legacy Tower, is a gorgeous glass-enclosed venue with a reception capacity of up to 450. You and your guests will enjoy breathtaking views as the sun sets and the city lights come to life. From meetings, proms, galas and weddings to holiday parties and everything in between, the Foyer or Monroe’s at One can easily be customized to your event, from setup to menus! For more information or to book your event, call 585-481-8205 or use the contact form.