Ten Downtown Event Spaces

Whether you want to celebrate your wedding, a graduation, or your dog’s birthday, you can find the perfect venue in Downtown Lynchburg. From theaters to art galleries to ballrooms (Oh my!), the city has an array of indoor and outdoor spaces that can add charm, whimsy and an urban feel to any event.


Tresca on 8th

Tresca on 8th is a Lynchburg favorite- and for good reason! It’s sophisticated. It’s urban. It’s got a stunning staircase- what more do you need? Comfortably fit up to 300 people on the first floor in this 5,500 sq ft space, or host a more intimate affair on the upper level. Great for business meetings or cocktails hour. Tresca also offers an event staff, coordinator, full set-up and full clean-up for each event. Go give them a call!

The Virginian

You haven’t heard about The Virginian? You must be new in town. Lynchburg’s newest space features a ballroom which was recently restred to its orignal grandeur of tall columns, a classic staircase, and marble details. Plus it can seat over 200 guests with customizable layout plans. But if you’re looking for something more intimate, check out some of their smaller spaces. You can never go wrong with The Virginian!

Craddock Terry.jpg

Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center

The Craddock Terry Hotel is a Downtown icon built on whimsy, great service, and even better food (think Shoemakers and Waterstone). Whether you’re hosting a conference or a wedding, the Craddock Terry has a space for you- and don’t forget about the delicious onsite catering options! And for the bride who wants to keep traveling to a minimum, this venue includes space for your wedding rehearsal, ceremony and reception. Plus, your out of town guests can stay in the hotel for an affordable block rate. Win-win.

Genworth Education Center

Genworth Education Center

Amazement Square

Amazement Square isn’t just for kids. They have 4 unique spaces for rental, and no two are the same. Chose from an outdoor theater, a private room, the newly renovatededucation center, or after-hours museum rental (meaning you get the whole museum to yourself for a night). Amazement Square also offers an option to host fun teambuilding activities for your organization through their Buggy Business program. Bring out your inner child and head to the museum today!


Lower Bluffwalk

Anyone who has visited this beautiful public space knows that it is super unique and boasts a beautiful view of the river – so why not host your next event there? You can rent out 1 or both pergolas, or an entire section of the Lower Bluffwalk. Make your event memorable and unique by celebrating in the heart of the city!

The Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theater

The Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theater

Academy Center of the Arts

Lights, Camera, Academy! You may be familiar with the Academy Center of the arts for their performances, art classes, and more – but did you know they have rentable spaces, too? The 5,200 sq ft Joy & Lynch Christian Warehouse Theater can seat over 270 people. With this and 2 other rooms for use, including a beautiful art gallery, you’re bound to find the perfect venue for your themed event. You’ll also have access to a private kitchen for you or a caterer, tables, and chairs. Bonus – you can use the Academy’s event enhancements, like staging platforms, dressing rooms and a grand piano. Break a leg!


The Glass House

The Glass House is perfect for your dream wedding, reception, concert- whatever you’d like! The building gets its name from the floor to ceiling windows that replace (most of) its walls. Coupled with its 3,000 sq ft, green courtyard, on-site kitchen and stage, you can create a fun or formal urban space that aligns with your event. The Glass House also offers in-house catering, bartending, rentals and an Airbnb loft to suit all your needs.

Craddock Terry Gallery

Craddock Terry Gallery

Riverviews Artspace

Riverviews Artspace is calling- and your inner artist wants to answer! And good thing because these modern art spaces truly speak for themselves. It features 3 exciting spaces: a theater built for 40, a small gallery, and the Craddock Terry Gallery, which has housed nationally acclaimed artwork. But that’s not the only thing to be excited about. The room itself is sleek with stunning displays, brick walls, and beautiful arched windows. The venue also offers use of their kitchen, sound system, projector, and tables to create an experience tailored to your vision.  If you’re looking for a vibrant and unique venue for your event or wedding, Riverviews Artspace is the answer you’re looking for.


City View by the James and Terrace View by the James

Feel on top of the world- or at least on top of Downtown- at The Bank of The James. These 2 venues are the only ones in the city that offer a skyline view of Downtown- which is sure to give you a stellar event. Both venues- City View and Terrace View- can seat 200 guests, have in-house caterers and event planners, and offer rentals. There’s also an option that allows you to customize your menu to fit your event’s theme- how fun!

hol inn.jpg

The Holiday Inn

Need a big venue for your big event? Give the Holiday Inn a call. Its large ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests - and it’s one of the largest venues in Central Virginia! Perfect for large conferences or weddings, and you can even use the hotel’s block rates to keep your out of town guests close by.

As you can see, Downtown’s ecclectic venues will fit any theme or festivity you can dream up. We hope your event is fabulous!