ASU Kerr Cultural Center - Make your event historic
ASU Kerr Cultural Center is an enchanting, timeless adobe and wood home and music performance studio located one mile north of Old Town Scottsdale. Built by legendary composer and violist Louise Lincoln Kerr in 1948 and 1959 as a productive and social space for musicians and creatives, the facility currently operates as a distinguished performing arts venue and private event site.
All insured caterers and vendors welcomed; stock your own bar and hire a licensed bartender for an easy and inexpensive open bar. Bring any insured caterer, licensed restaurant or food truck you like.
If you are looking for a distinct, one-of-a-kind wedding or reception location with professional lighting and sound, Kerr is a beautiful, historic and affordable setting for up to 250 guests. Versatile, rustic and welcoming with photogenic details around every corner, the space is an incredible, charming place for you to put on a show and throw a memorable party for yourself and the people that mean the most to you!
ALL VENUE VISITS MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Tavit · Married on 02/18/2017
My wife and I got married here Saturday February 18th. Like most couples, finding the right venue is perhaps the most difficult part of wedding planning. When researching, you will soon discover most venues restrict you on the vendors that they use, upon restriction, upon restriction. This was the one place where the venue allowed us to have a wedding we wanted with who we wanted. From the beginning, Lydia and I wanted to support local businesses and hire our friends and family to be involved with the wedding. We almost gave up, until Lydia found ASU online as this was the 15th or 16th venue we researched. We scheduled a meeting and took a tour.Sent on 02/21/2017
Our wedding was a music festival theme, how fitting that the venue is a theater. After the tour we had made up our minds, this is where we wanted to do it. Through the whole process, every single staff member that I came across was there to help. With Tracey, Camryn and Jarrod being the leaders and Matthew, Taylor, Jordan, Austin and Collin helping out in every which way possible. The staff here was astounding. In the preliminary meetings we gave them our idea and expressed that this would be nothing they have ever seen for a wedding, removing a vast majority of traditions.
On the day of, all of the staff were incredible. Despite the relentless rain (yup, it rained on our big day) we all pulled off a miracle. The best part about this venue is the lawn out front plus the use of the inside theater. If you're shopping for a potential wedding venue or any event. This is the place. This is Scottsdale's best kept secret. Discover it before it's too late.
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Marisa Bigler · Married on 10/13/2018
The Kerr is the perfect venue to host a personal wedding. Our guest count was around 125 people, and it still felt small and intimate - exactly what we were looking for. My husband and I were very particular about personalizing our wedding, and finding a venue that allowed us to DIY almost everything, and bring in our own vendors was a must. The staff at the Kerr were extremely helpful throughout the entire process, and walked us through all the necessary stuff that ASU requires (permits to bring in our own alcohol, event insurance, etc.). Having them to help made it super easy, and it’s totally worth it to have a wedding at a beautiful, quaint historic venue.
Jarrod and the technical team were awesome to work with for lighting and sound. We didn’t wish to hire a DJ, but the tech staff was there the whole time- from setting up our concert-themed lighting, to timing the music for our the ceremony (They made my husband’s dramatic entrance to Black Sabbath’s Iron Man a reality!) to keeping an eye on our Spotify playlist for the dance floor. We sent them the music we wanted to use, and some classic silent movies via Youtube to play in the background during the reception. They handled all of it! (Unfortunately they couldn’t make our dream of having a fog machine a reality, but if it wasn’t a safety hazard, you bet they would have done what they could to make it happen.)
Jeannie, the Event Coordinator, was a huge help during the process as well, making sure we were prepared with anything the Kerr didn’t provide. The walk-through and rehearsal are super helpful. I didn’t have a planner, so her past experience with weddings and events meant she could jump in to keep things on track. She even got out her phone to record my husband’s entire entrance so that I could see it in full later! She is incredible.
There was even a card signed by the staff in a gift basket waiting for us in the bridal dressing room, filled with little things we might have forgotten- scissors, a small sewing kit, hairspray, etc. It was such a sweet detail that I won’t ever forget.
If you rent the 10 hours on the wedding day, add the 5 hours extra for set up - it’s totally worth it!
There isn’t a full-on dressing room for the guys, so most guys get ready offsite or rent a room at the nice hotels within walking distance.
If you’re looking for a historic venue with amazing staff at a great value, look no further. This place rocks.
Lori · Married on 10/13/2017
We chose ASU Kerr cultural center for the unique rustic look and history but fell in love with superb customer service & excellent value. I couldn't have had a better experience.Sent on 12/05/2017
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We had the privilege of photographing a couple of weddings here and it is absolutely wonderful. Stacey Bailey, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator, is also very pleasant to work with. We hope to photograph more weddings at ASU Kerr Cultural Center.
Great venue with hardworking, experienced and supportive staff. We love working with Kerr Cultural Center.