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These prices are available for December. These prices are available for the months of January through November.
Reception
$4,900 starting price
Ceremony
$1,200 starting price
Reception
$4,900 starting price
Ceremony
$1,200 starting price

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Chabot Space & Science Center is an out-of-this world wedding venue nestled in the forests of the Oakland Hills, California. They offer multiple indoor and outdoor sites for celestial ceremonies and receptions. Their experienced events team will ensure your celebration is everything you dreamed it to be. Plus, the cost of your venue supports free & low-cost STEAM education for the Oakland community!

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 1,500 guests spread throughout the various exhibit levels at this outdoorsy venue. The Spees Building is the grand entryway to the state-of-the-art Center, and offers two main levels of exhibits a theater, and the Planetarium. It features an octagonal skylight in their rotunda, floor-to-ceiling windows, a glass skybridge and loggia encasing the building鈥檚 exterior. You can use all three levels for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Additional spaces include:

  • Courtyard - features an amphitheater, dining area, a garden, and a central courtyard.
  • Astronomy Hall - the largest unobstructed event space at the Center. It features contiguous dining and dancing for up to 250 guests, along with a built-in projector, screen and overhead speakers.
  • Observatory - an outdoor complex that houses their three iconic telescopes. Guests can gaze out at the night sky with the help of one of their expert astronomers.
  • Planetarium - features a 70-foot dome with an advanced universe visualization system. You can exchange your vows set in front of a rising moon, a swirling nebula, or gently twinkling stars, followed by a show of your choice for guests.

Services Offered
Chabot Space & Science Center offers multiple wedding packages for you to choose from. They offer a list of preferred caterers and event rentals to make your planning flow smoothly. Additional services include:

  • Hospitality Room
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pet friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible

Other Services
In addition to hosting lavish weddings, this special venue will also host an intimate elopement. Additional events include:

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Bridal shower
  • Engagement party

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,900

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,900

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,200

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Parking

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Garden
Museum
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Drapery
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

December
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4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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Madeleine
Madeleine B. Married on 08/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Oakland gem of a venue with an amazing staff

This venue was a great space for our needs/desires for our wedding: indoor/outdoor space, surrounded by nature but modern/accessible, lots of space for tables, bar, food, dancing, band...the staff was extremely organized, nice and professional. We planned this wedding from France and they were very helpful with everything that comes with planning an event from abroad. Our guests all raved about having access to the telescopes, and the volunteers made it that much more fascinating by going above and beyond with their explanations of what we were gazing at.
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Amelia M. Married on 05/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Very friendly and helpful, beautiful venue with great views

Very friendly and helpful, beautiful venue with great views. Wedding went great, very happy with everything. It does get a bit cold at night outside
Michelle
Michelle A. Married on 11/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful team, unique venue, and fun for everyone!

Chabot was such a unique, fun space that our wedding guests of all ages enjoyed, and the events team there was excellent to work with from start to finish! As one might expect from the venue, the events team has wedding execution down to a science. Scheduling time with their team, touring the venue, and planning out details was all very easy and went smoothly. We also were able to rely on their team for vendor recommendations and timeline estimates to help with the planning process.

Start time doesn鈥檛 have much wiggle room because it is an open museum, but there鈥檚 a ton of flexibility in other areas like where to have ceremony/reception, set up of tables, and even what you might want projected on the Planetarium! While the decor was flexible, too, we felt we didn鈥檛 need to spend much on this line item because of the museum鈥檚 exhibits and existing decor.

Our guests had a fantastic time, with kids entertained throughout and adults having fun exploring too! Our ceremony was in the Planetarium complete with free show, we were able to set up our photobooth in front of starry skies for fun photos, and we lucked out with clear skies and views of Saturn and its rings through the telescopes!
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Team

Samantha Stevick
Samantha Stevick
Director of Strategic Sales

I absolutely love this beautiful Oakland museum and observatory and would be thrilled to help you plan a special day in the stars. I've worked with weddings as a caterer since my very first job in high school, moved on to event planning post-college, and I've even been a bridesmaid 9 times! My favorite thing about Chabot is that the cost of your wedding supports all the educational programming we do for our community. It feels great to help couples realize their wedding dreams while also making a difference for local children every day.

Chelsea Drescher
Chelsea Drescher
Lead Event Manager

Nice to meet you! I have worked many weddings here at Chabot Space and Science Center and come from a background of corporate events and day-of coordinating for weddings. I truly love being able to help couples wedding dreams come true. Like Samantha, one of my favorite things about Chabot is that the cost of your wedding supports all the educational programming we do for our community! As someone who started their work in education + parks and recreations, it's the best of both worlds! In addition to that, I love how unique each party is here at the museum. I can't wait to work with you!

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Grier Cooper Photography Grier Cooper Photography Wedding Photographers

If you want to create a highly entertaining, unique wedding, look no further. Chabot has so much to offer, from gorgeous sunsets, interactive science-y fun (including planetarium shows and telescope viewings) and incredible Bay Area views.... and let's not forget the free parking! They also offer stellar catering options (sorry for the pun, but it's true) so you and your guests will enjoy an amazing feast.

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4.9 out of 5 rating , 73 Reviews
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4.9 out of 5 rating , 74 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5 rating , 5 Reviews
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Chabot Space & Science Center frequently asked questions

Chabot Space & Science Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking
The space offered by Chabot Space & Science Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Park
Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Drapery
  • Tables
Chabot Space & Science Center is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in average response time.

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