There are a lot of options in Dallas, TX for hosting events, from small rooms to giant ballrooms and, of course, the Dallas Convention Center. Different events require different venues in Dallas due to capacity, special features and convenience to guests. Smaller private parties like weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, etc. can be held in any type of venue and the decision often comes down to aesthetics and the cost of renting the venue. Large events like banquets, corporate events and conventions, on the other hand, have special needs that smaller clubs and venues can’t accommodate. Corporate events are much more complicated endeavors that often involve professional entertainment, audio/video production, custom catering, valet parking and other services that only a few venues can already provide.
Production, catering and other large-scale event necessities can be brought in from multiple outside companies; but it’s definitely not the ideal situation. Ideally the majority of the resources required to produce an event should exist either at the venue hosting the event, or should be easily accessible through partnerships with outside vendors. It can be disastrous to rely on unproven vendors, especially in a new venue in which there is no working familiarity between vendors and venue staff.
Setting yourself up to succeed at producing a corporate event means covering the bases well and not letting problems go unnoticed or unattended. In a large-scale event, it is impossible to be in all places at once, so its very important to be able to trust venue staff to take care of any special circumstances that may arise. Likewise, its certainly more convenient when every Dallas caterer, production engineer and designer work for companies used to doing business together. Corporate catering staff, should function seamlessly with the venue’s cleaning staff to provide the highest level of service to guests.
Dallas venues that meet the standards required by most corporate events are fairly few in number, but each produces quality events in their own right. Listed below are each of the venues in Dallas and nearby areas that specialize in hosting corporate events.
Corporate Event Venues In Dallas
Known as much for its celebrity in music and film history, Gilley’s Dallas is a 90,000+ sq ft entertainment complex featuring several different venues, a restaurant and regular live music concerts. Extremely spacious, Gilley’s Dallas is the perfect fit for corporate events, banquets, conventions and other large-scale special events.
South Side Ballroom
Part of the massive Gilley’s Dallas complex, South Side Ballroom occupies approximately 23,000 sq ft of the complex in one giant room. Featuring enough sound and lighting equipment to satisfy any national touring performance the venue has plenty of production and space to accommodate any corporate event.
South Side Music Hall
Smaller than South Side Ballroom, but including all the same quality production and other amenities included in venues at the Gilley’s Dallas complex. Located adjacent to Palladium and with capacity for approximately 1,500 guests, the music hall is the perfect option for events with big production needs targeting smaller numbers of guests.
Dallas Convention Center
Dallas’ largest special event space, the convention center and convention visitor’s bureau attract world-class conventions and trade shows where attendance is estimated in the tens of thousands. Conventions often attract satellite events put on by participating organizations. Hotels and other Dallas venues are located in close proximity to the convention center to attract business from the facility’s many guests.
Most major hotel brands have established a presence in Dallas and are recognizable members of the downtown Dallas skyline. Sheraton, Westin, Fairmont, Ritz-Carlton, Adams Mark and other trusted hotel chains are trustworthy venues and maintain full calendars of corporate events, small and large. Obviously, the most attractive feature of hosting events with hotels is the convenience of simultaneously providing hotel accommodations to event guests.
Plaza Of The Americas
Events are hosted here through the year, because of direct access to the Westin City Center, Adam’s Mark and central location in downtown Dallas. Like with a major hotel chain, the most attractive feature of the facility, besides its beautiful aesthetics, is the convenience of its almost-all-inclusive environment.
South Fork Ranch
Famous for being the ranch in the classic tv show Dallas, one of television’s most fanatically-adored series, the South Fork Ranch attracts many thousands of guests each year. Many people just want to see the historical ranch for nostalgic reasons, but the venue also hosts a variety of annual and corporate events in the mansion or across the expansive ranch grounds.
The Glass Cactus
Developed fairly recently and designed specifically to host large productions, conventions, gala events and other big parties, The Glass Cactus combines the convenience of a hotel with the attractions of an entertainment venue. Located only a few miles from DFW International Airport, The Glass Cactus is a convenient option for the largest of corporate events.
Eddy has a long history hosting and catering events in conjunction with the Dallas Convention Center, conveniently located just across the street from Eddy Deen’s facility. Best known for Texas BBQ catering and western-themed events, Eddie Deen’s is suitable for many types of events and is immediately accessible to guests of the DCC.