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The Event Planner’s Guide to Phoenix Venues

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

PhoenixBlogOne of the top meeting and event destinations, Phoenix offers meeting and event planners an unhurried experience. With more than 460 meeting-friendly hotels and resorts, stunning dessert backdrops, and globally acclaimed Mexican and Southern cuisine, you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t hosted a meeting or event in Phoenix before.

In the city where there are more than 325 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 72 degrees, it’s easy to see why Phoenix is an ideal destination for your next meeting or event. Check out our top 10 venues meeting and event planners should consider in Phoenix.

Top 10 Phoenix Venues Planners Should Consider

1. WE-KO-PA Resort & Conference Center

Located alongside the Verde River, the Red Mountains, and Arizona’s Four Peaks, your guests will feel like they are in a tranquil, desert oasis at the WE-KO-PA Resort even though they are only 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The Wassaja Conference Center features 25,000 sq. ft of flexible venue space, which can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. In addition to the convention center, the resort features 246 guest rooms and suites, Arizona’s number one golf course, horseback riding trails, and more. The WE-KO-PA offers work and play in a uniquely Phoenix setting.

WEKOPAPhoto Credit: WE-KO-PA Resort

2. Corona Ranch

Located 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and only 6 miles from downtown Phoenix, the Corona Ranch is Arizona’s only Mexican and Western rodeo ground that offers meeting and event venues. Since 1991, the Corona Ranch has specialized in corporate retreats and team building activities such as corporate Olympics, chili challenges, race car driving, and rodeos. From team building events to NBA Allstar parties, the Corona Ranch hosts events of all sizes and will tailor your event to fit your budget.

Corona Photo Credit: Corona Ranch

3. Phoenix Convention Center

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a premier destination for meetings and events. The Center includes 502,500 sq. ft of exhibit space, 46,000 sq. ft of ballroom space, a 2,312 seat Symphony Hall, a 1,364-seat Orpheum Theatre, and 99 meeting rooms. Needless to say, the Phoenix Convention Center can host a meeting or event of any size.

PCCPhoto Credit: Phoenix Convention Center

4. The Heard Museum

An Arizona landmark, the Heard Museum will bring beauty, elegance, and charm to your next meeting or event. The Heard features five outdoor venues such as the four spacious courtyards (500 guests) and the Nicholas Garden, a private venue featuring American Indian sculptures ideal for luncheons (50-75). In addition, the Heard also has four other indoor venues: the Steele Auditorium (60-500 guests), the Steele Auditorium Foyer (250 guests), the Monte Visa Room (40-160 guests), and the Encanto Room (30-75 guests). Immerse your guests In Phoenix’s and American Indian art and history by hosting your next event at the Heard Museum.

HeardPhoto Credit: The Heard Museum

5. The Phoenician

Nestled on 250 acres of land, the recently renovated Phoenician will elevate your next meeting or event to new heights. A AAA Five Diamond resort with 450 guest rooms, the Phoenician features 90,000 sq. ft of indoor event and meeting space in addition to outdoor venues. Some of the Phoenician’s venue highlights are the 45,000 sq. ft ballroom, the Camelback Ballroom, the Estrella Theatre (5,525 sq. ft), and the Jokake Inn, a historical, outdoor venue. No matter what venue you choose at the Phoenician, your guests will have a luxurious and unique experience.

PhoenicianPhoto Credit: The Phoenician

6. Events On Jackson

With a 3-million-dollar renovation, Events On Jackson transformed from a historic produce warehouse to downtown Phoenix’s newest event and meeting space. Events On Jackson has 23,000 sq. ft of flexible in and outdoor space equipped with the latest technology. Events On Jackson is ideal for leadership retreats, product launches, workshops, and other corporate events that hold 80 to 800 guests. The versatility of the space allows you to transition seamlessly from a professional corporate environment to a lively social setting.

JacksonPhoto Credit: Events On Jackson

7. Desert Botanical Garden

Looking to host your next meeting or event in a uniquely-Phoenix destination? Then the Desert Botanical Garden is for you. The Desert Botanical Garden offers open-air venues, like the Amphitheatre (25-100 guests), Webster Center (150 guests), the Steele Herb Garden (25-75 guests), or the Binns Wildflower Pavilion (100 guests), where your guests will be surrounded by over 50,000 of desert plants and wildflowers. If you’d prefer an indoor venue, the Garden offers other venues like the Dorrance Center (250-500 guests), Auditorium (150 guests), conference rooms (25 guests), classrooms (30 guests). With its charming Phoenix appeal, the Desert Botanical Garden is a “natural” choice for your next meeting or event.

Desert BotanicalPhoto Credit: Desert Botanical Garden

8. Desoto Central Market

Eat, drink, and meet local at DeSoto’s Central Market, located in the historic downtown Phoenix’s DeSoto building. In addition to a full rent out (600 people), the Market offers three event spaces: the Community Room (20 people), the Mezzanine (150 people), the Patio (250 people), which totals 15,300 sq. ft of meeting and event space. The Central Market also offers a dining package for 10-400 guests that features farm-to-table cuisine from a local venue. By hosting our next meeting or event at the Desoto Market, you’ll immerse your guests in the Phoenix culture, giving them an experience they will not forget.

DesotoPhoto Credit: Desoto Central Market

9. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

With two on-site conference centers totaling more than 316,000 sq. ft of meeting and space and 21 outdoor venues, the Fairmont Scottsdale Prince is the largest worldwide meeting and event property within the Fairmont group. Not only does the Fairmount accommodate all size events, but guests can also stay in one of the five-star 750 rooms. When your guests are not meeting in one of the event venues, they can enjoy the award-winning Well & Being Spa, the golf course, or even one of the five pools, including a rooftop pool. The Princess will not disappoint your guests.

FairmontPhoto Credit: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

10. Chase Field

Although the Chase Field is home of Arizona’s Diamondbacks, the space was designed for more than just baseball. Chase Field offers meeting and event planners 28 different venues, which can accommodate 13 to 5,000 people. Whether you choose to host your event in the All-Star suite, the Batter’s Box, the Beer Garden, or rent out the field, Chase Field’s unique venues will help you hit a home run with your attendees.

ChasePhoto Credit: MLB – Chase Field

Top 3 Things to Do in Phoenix

1. Camelback Mountain

Known and named after it’s unique camel-like outline, Camelback Mountain is deemed as one of the nation’s top hiking destinations and ranked by U.S. Travel as the second best thing to do in Phoenix. Pro Tip: Visit Camelback Mountain during before sunrise or sunset to experience the breathtaking views.

camelbackPhoto Credit: Camelback Mountain

2. Musical Instrument Museum

Phoenix is home to the Musical Instrument Museum, which features more than 6,800 instruments from over 200 countries around the globe. Rated the top attraction to see in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum provides people of all ages with can play with the instruments in the Experience Gallery. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for teens 13-19, $10 for kids 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Pro Tip: Check out the museum’s concert schedule to experience featured artists perform.

music Photo Credit: Musical Instrument Museum

3. Spas

If hiking and museums are not your things, try a spa. Phoenix is known for its exceptional day spas with desert backdrops. You can head to the Valley of Sun for salt scrubs, rock massages, and Native American oils. Some of the most notable Phoenix day spas are the 
Boulders Resort, Camelback Inn, Arizona Biltmore, and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

spasPhoto Credit: Boulders Resort

Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Phoenix venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Phoenix? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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