Outside-the-box places for your next event
Have you ever dreamed of having a party at a football stadium? What about on the stage of a major performance hall? Houston offers a number of interesting venues for events, from corporate meetings to elaborate charity galas. Check out this list of some of the most popular spots.
Rice Stadium is proud to be one of the top stadiums in the U.S. and the largest on-campus facility in Conference-USA. Recently, the complex unveiled more than $6-million worth of upgrades, including a state-of-the-art scoreboard complex with a 20-foot by 35-foot video screen, a FieldTurf Duraspine system and bleachers, with space for 47,000 cheering fans. On the south end, in the Owl Club, meeting rooms provide space for academic, civic and other social events.
Sam Houston Race Park
Located in northwest Houston, Sam Houston Race Park hosts live Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse racing, as well as a comprehensive simulcasting program 364 days each year. The state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of dining and entertainment amenities including the Winner’s Circle Restaurant, the Jockey Club, as well as 22 luxury suites ideal for entertaining.
Gulf Greyhound Park
The world's largest and No. 1 greyhound racing operation, Gulf Greyhound Park, offers live greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering year-round, rain or shine. The air-conditioned complex features three levels, each offering a variety of dining and view options. Other unique features include 318 teller windows, more than 1,100 closed-circuit televisions throughout the facility and parking to accommodate more than 8,000 vehicles.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Tucked in Houston’s Theater District, the Hobby Center is a mainstay for national and internationally acclaimed events, offering attendees breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and culture-filled ambiance. Choose from an array of event spaces including the light-filled Grand Lobby, the third-floor’s Founders Club or the eye-catching Sarofim Hall, which boasts more than 2,000 fiber-optic stars that light up the unique domed ceiling.
More than just a site for Houston Rockets basketball games, the Toyota Center is also a hub for high-profile parties and memorable meetings. Last year, more than 157 events were held at the Toyota Center including the The Women of Faith Conference, Wrestlemania and the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials International convention. Enjoy unique event options including arena tours, chef’s tables, even special guest appearances by Rockets Power Dancers, Clutch the Mascot—maybe even a Rockets player!
Minute Maid Park
Best known as the backdrop for Houston Astros baseball games, Minute Maid Park also offers a unique setting for private events and corporate meetings year-round. The 42,000-seat complex has a 16-room state-of-the-art conference center with audiovisual equipment and 2,040 on-site parking spaces. Enhance your event with behind-the-scene tours, scavenger hunts and personalized scoreboard messages.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
In addition to being one of the most visited museums in the U.S., Houston's Museum of Natural Science is also a widely sought after event space. Dance under the dinosaurs in the Hall of Paleontology, mingle in the three-story glass Cockrell Butterfly Center or do dinner in the Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals. Last year, the National Association of Black Accountants chose the museum for its Opening Reception and enjoyed meeting, greeting and an intimate look at HMNS’ world-class exhibits.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Entertain guests at one of the Museum of Fine Arts’ distinctive event spaces, which include two, permanent-collection buildings, a sculpture garden and two elegant house museums, nestled in the River Oaks neighborhood. Enjoy a cocktail reception surrounded by modern and contemporary art, take a guided tour through philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg’s John Staub-designed home or dine al fresco in the tranquil Cullen Sculpture Garden.
Created as a partnership between the City of Houston and the Discovery Green Conservancy, downtown’s 12-acre park has welcomed more than 800 public and private events, since opening in 2008. Recently, all-star athletes converged on the al fresco space for music, games and autographs during the Major League Soccer All-Star Game – All-Star Soccer Jam.
House of Blues
Whether it’s a corporate meeting, private party, press conference, even wedding reception—downtown’s House of Blues is always ready to show guests a good time. Treat attendees to delicious Southern cuisine, live music and a unique hand-painted event space, filled with original folk art throughout, even send them home with commemorative co-branded House of Blues merchandise.
Located in Downtown’s Historic District, the former bank-turned-special-events venue features soaring 35-foot ceilings, marble floors and Corinthian columns. Built in 1905, the first steel-framed structure in Houston has held its fair share of posh parties including Playboy's celeb-studded Heaven & Hell-themed soiree and the opening of the Menil Collection.
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