Hosting Beyond the Tradeshow Floor

Want to throw an event that’ll give your guests a chance to see what Baltimore’s post-industrial vibe is really like? Check out these 10 awesome-and-unconventional spaces—from art galleries to theaters to former mills—that will make your event a memorable standout.

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Motor House

Station North
Looking for a built-in Instagram backdrop? Renting this nonprofit arts center includes access to the vibrant graffiti alley—plus the Showroom Bar and a 1,500-square foot performance space that’s a blank canvas for anything you’re looking to create.

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Union Collective

Housed in a former Sears-Roebuck, this newly refurbished space is anchored by Union Craft Brewing and 10 other vendors, including two that can provide food for events (Old Bay Caramel ice cream from The Charmery, anyone?). The 7,500-square-foot taproom can hold 400 guests (plus another 150 in the main hall), and there’s a stage for live music, a private event space, and a glass wall that overlooks the brewing equipment. An outdoor beer garden offers space for lawn games, too.

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Hotel Revival

Mount Vernon
Baltimore’s newest boutique hotel is loaded with unique event spaces—including four private rooms filled with natural light and interesting decor, and three private karaoke rooms—but we’re especially partial to Topside, the buzzy rooftop restaurant and garden bar. This isn’t your average hotel bar—Topside comes complete with a beautiful view of its historic neighborhood, and features a carefully curated craft beer menu, including an exclusive specialty brew created just for the hotel by one of Baltimore’s oldest breweries.

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre

Station North
Built in 1915, this historic theater underwent a $18-million renovation in 2016 after 40 years of vacancy. The restored Italianate architecture—with original moulding, tile floors, ornate stage frame and curving balcony—is offset by updated technology and a new layout that includes two smaller theaters, a bar and a cafe. The modern updates don’t stop there: The bar and cafe serve locally sourced beer and Baltimore-based snack brands like Charm City Chocolates and Mouth Party Caramels. All three theaters are available for event rentals.

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Heron Room

Tucked into a historic sailcloth mill that was once the world’s largest producer of cotton duck used for the Army’s sails, uniforms, tents and parachutes, this unique space overlooks the Jones Falls and offers a stylish, rustic setting with stone walls, exposed ceilings, and modern updates. (Bird lovers, take note: The venue is named for the Yellow Crowned Night Heron that frequents a rock in front of the space.)

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American Visionary Art Museum

Federal Hill
A great choice for an artsy setting with a convenient location, this unique museum—which houses creations made by self-taught artists—hosts events in a third-floor banquet room that can hold up to 400 guests, with panoramic views of the harbor and skyline, or in its Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden.

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Sagamore Spirit

Port Covington
This waterfront whiskey distillery—owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank—offers private events that include tastings and tours, but also specialty tours that include sunset cruises, group bottling and cocktail lessons. The distillery’s two indoor tasting rooms and a scenic outdoor tasting patio create a sophisticated, modern event setting for whiskey lovers.

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Accelerator Space

North Baltimore
A century-old auto dealership reborn as industrial event space, this venue boasts stylish exposed beams and restored maple floors in a space large enough to accommodate nearly 400 in its main room, plus there’s a charming rooftop patio.

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Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

Looking for rustic beauty, industrial character and historic pedigree? This former mill offers more than 5,000 square feet of authentic well-worn style, with exposed wood beams, multi-pane windows, exposed brick, distressed concrete floors, and beautiful natural light.

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The Winslow

South Baltimore
A brand-new venue that perfectly blends the city’s industrial roots with a modern makeover, this 5,000 square foot space in the historic warehouse Parker Metal Building features a two-story mezzanine, concrete floors, exposed brick and steel windows, all within blocks of M&T Bank Stadium.