When you think of Washington D.C. events, you might picture a scene with guys in suits, in a white walled room at a political soiree, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you are looking for an event that is a bit more unique, D.C. also delivers. With venues ranging from a former church that has been converted into an incredibly colorful, art filled venue to rooftops with amazing views highlighting the beauty of the city. Read on for some of the coolest venues this town has to offer.

 

Ajax
1011 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Located in Mt. Vernon Square, this space is large, and open with great lighting. It is a perfect blank slate for corporate events, cocktail receptions and even weddings. We’ve seen it turned into everything from a Valentine’s Day playground (complete with giant 24ft heart made of flowers), to a gorgeous wedding venue.
Capacity: 300

 

Observatory at Americas Square
300 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 469-8447

A gorgeous rooftop venue located in the heart of the District. With stunning views of the Capitol building and the neighborhood of Capitol Hill, this space is perfect for any event! They also have a tent up during the summer, which makes the space truly an all-weather venue.
Capacity: 250 standing, 130 seated

 

Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | (202) 232-4788

Long View Gallery is an excellent choice for anyone looking to plan a unique event in the District. This space is perfect for weddings, social events, and cocktail receptions, temporary art galleries, and more with two artfully designed and open rooms that connect, allowing for seamless event flow.
Capacity: 400

 

Loft at 600 F
600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 | (202) 431-8516

Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown DC, directly across from the Capital One Arena. With an open floor plan across three floors, large windows and exposed brick, this space can be rented for weddings, large corporate events, or daylong business retreats.
Capacity: 120

 

National Union Building
918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 | (202) 431-8516

This space has seven different spaces that can be rented separately or as a full venue buyout, holding up to 850 people. With it’s warm, light-filled and industrial feel, it’s perfect for large scale events, smaller gatherings and off-site meetings.
Capacity: 850

 

Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 | (202) 554-0103

This is one of the most unique spaces DC has to offer. Originally a Baptist church, that was re-imagined as a space for community events, cultural experiences and art, this space has four rentable spaces (it can be rented as a full venue), and  is perfect for social events, weddings, and parties of all sizes.
Capacity: 600

 

Clarendon Ballroom
3185 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201 | (703) 469-2244

Built in the 1930s, this renovated art deco building serves as a versatile and historic space for any event, from weddings to parties and corporate evetns. The Clarendon Ballroom can adapt to your needs, with over 6000 sq. ft. spread across two main floors and a seasonally available rooftop garden.
Capacity: 700

 

FOSTR Collaborative
1027 33rd St NW Suite 250

A collaborative studio for creative women and a stellar event space, FOSTR is perfect for your event needs. A smaller space in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown, it is light (and greenery) -filled and expertly designed by its owners to be both character-filled and simple. This space is perfect for corporate meetings, off-site trainings or social events.
Capacity: 85 standing, 45 seated

 

Bureau Studio
1800 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 870-3303

Created by local interior designer, Kerra Michele, Bureau Studio is a bright, colorful space in the heart of Adams Morgan, in NW DC. With separated rooms, accommodating smaller groups, this is a great location for intimate meeting, and trainings. Additionally, the space can be rented as a whole for happy hours, off-site retreats and social events.
Capacity: 60

 

Pinstripes
11920 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda, MD 20852  | (240) 630-3230

A place to go for the perfect mix of food and fun, Pinstripes in Bethesda has everything you need from freshly prepared meals to bowling and bocce on site. Great for any event, from weddings to corporate and everything in between.
Capacity: 240

 

The Farm at 55 M Street
55 M St SE, Washington, DC 20003 | (202) 258-1269

Up Top Acres, a company that converts unused rooftops in the city into urban farms, own this rooftop farm. The farm doubles as an event venue that offers view of Navy Yard and the Anacostia River. It is metro accessible and perfect for all sorts of events but is a particularly great space to host summer rooftop dinners.
Capacity: 175 standing, 100 seated

 

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