It's always a good practice to reflect on what's working and what can be improved as we draw closer to closing out another calendar year. Today, we wanted to take a look at some of the newer event space options in Washington, DC.
While the place you hold your event surely is not as important as the content you provide, it can have a big impact on the experience and anticipation for the event. Old stand-by locations are great as they are familiar to attendees - they know how to get there, where to park, and where the best outlets are for charging devices. But if you are looking to attract a different type of attendee or launching a completely new event or format, it might make sense to sweeten the interest by holding it in a new and creative location.
With that in mind, here are some new options for a variety of event formats and styles in the national capital region.
- The Showroom - This location near the convention center provides a blank canvas for events. The industrial space can be configured in any number of ways to fit the needs of social and educational event alike. The facility also features a rooftop event space as yet another option.
- Audi Field - The new home of DC United soccer also provides a number of areas for event hosting. There are 31 suites available for hosting corporate groups before and during games.
- Eaton DC - This unique hotel includes co-working space, a wellness center, and traditional hotel event amenities. Meeting space includes the latest in high tech features including the ability to do live broadcasts. The hotel also boasts a 50-seat cinema room.
- Convene at CEB Tower - Located in the tallest tower in the DC area, the latest event space from the facility operator, Convene, offers amazing views of DC from Rosslyn, VA. It includes 35,000 square feet of meeting space across the top two floors of the tower.
- The Loft at 600F - Located downtown in a historic building, this space offers modern tech and décor. Multiple event spaces within the building offer options for small, intimate events as well as larger gatherings requiring multiple room set-ups.
- National Law Enforcement Museum - This museum opened this past fall in Judiciary Square. It can be rented out for cocktail events, seated dinners, or other special events. The venue also provides an opportunity to see the exhibits and a "walk in the shoes" experience to see what life in law enforcement is really like.
- Kennedy Center REACH expansion - Coming in 2019, the expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature 72,000 square feet of performance and events space, 130,000 square feet of landscaping and gardens, terrace seating for up to 1,600 people and a scenic walkway leading to nearby monuments and memorials.
Let us know where you're attending and planning events. Share your favorite new (and old) spots in the comments.