Skip to main content
Weddings

Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland, CA View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
57 reviews
$5k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 1,500 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$5k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 1,500 guests

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’s 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

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 maximum capacity of your venue?

1500

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
Scenic Views

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

57 Reviews

Write a review
Rated
4.9
out of 5.0
Recommended by 98% of couples
  • Quality of service
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Average response time
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Professionalism
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Value
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.9 out of 5

52 User photos

  • Katrina
    Katrina A. Getting married on 08/03/2022
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Excellent Experience

    We had a micro wedding at the Chabot Space & Science Center and truly recommend it! Every part of the planning process was easy and accessible (even when we had to reschedule due to the pandemic). On the day of, everything was set up when we arrived and the staff were friendly and helpful. The event staff were so helpful in preparing for the day and thinking through the details. The deck and sunset was truly lovely and our guests LOVED the sky viewings. If you're looking for a beautiful outdoor venue and want to plan with people who know what they're doing, this could be a great fit.

    Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:

    Hey Katrina!

    Your wedding turned out beautiful and was so worth the wait. The astronomers and I are wishing you and Josh many happy years together!

    -Samantha
  • Brian
    Brian G. Married on 04/09/2022
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Chabot is FREAKING amazing!

    Chabot helped with every step of the process and ran our amazing wedding perfectly! We had our ceremony in the planetarium and reception on the first floor of the Spees Building. Decorating was easy because it already had it all! Everything was beautiful and we had many guests rave that it was their favorite space for a wedding that they had attended.

    Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:

    Haha! Brian, we freaking loved you too! Thanks for being such a dream client, and be sure to stop in and see us often!

    XOXO,
    Nicole, Samantha, Victoria, and the rest of the Chabot team
  • Nicky
    Nicky R. Married on 04/02/2022
    Rating 5 out of 5
    • Quality of service
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Responsiveness
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Professionalism
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Value
      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    • Flexibility
      Rating 5.0 out of 5

    Amazing wedding venue

    Chabot is an awesome and unique place to have a wedding or other event. We had our wedding ceremony outdoors by the telescopes (the planetarium was our backup rain location). Our cocktail hour was in the museum (second floor of Spees) and our reception was in Astronomy Hall. Since Chabot is in the middle of a redwood forest, there are lots of great places for photos. Chabot looks so cool that you don’t need many decorations. And the public telescope viewings on Saturday night provide an awesome activity for wedding guests who don’t like to dance. Our guests thought the venue was awesome.

    Perhaps the best thing about Chabot, however, is how helpful the staff is. Samantha Stevick, the Associate Director of Events, was particularly amazing. She was on top of everything and gave us so much helpful advice and good vendor recommendations. If she wanted to start a side business as a wedding planner, she absolutely could do it.

    It’s also great that you can pick your own caterer so you’re not stuck with some venue’s boring food. There were enough great options on Chabot’s preferred caterer list that we went with one of them, but we could have paid a bit extra to have any caterer we wanted. We were strongly encouraged by Chabot to choose a preferred caterer as the caterer has to do all of the set up of tables, chairs, etc. (for ceremony and for reception) in addition to food. The caterer can only do setup starting at 5pm when the museum closes, which does not give them much time (our ceremony started at 6pm), so it helps to have a caterer who is experienced with the venue. We went with Blue Heron and we really loved their food; they also did a great job with event setup. Note that if you go with Chabot, the biggest expense of your wedding budget will be the caterer as the caterer will provide all of the setup and furniture for the event in addition to food and drink service. Therefore, if budget is of concern, I would recommend getting a rough quote from one or more of Chabot’s preferred caterers prior to booking the venue so that you can get an idea of what the rough cost of the venue + furniture + setup + catering would be.

    Worth noting: Chabot has strict rules about fire and anything that could make a mess. Candle flames must be two inches below the glass. No sparklers. No flower petals, glitter, rice, bird seed, etc. But it’s worth it, it’ll just force you to be creative. We had our flower kids use bubble guns (a suggestion from Samantha) instead of flower petals.

    Chabot Space & Science Center's reply:

    Nicky, I'm so glad everyone had a great time! The weather was perfect and everything came out so beautifully. I love the pictures of the bubble girls! Thank you thank you thank you for supporting the museum with your wedding. The staff and astronomers are all wishing you and Ruth so much happiness (and return visits!),

Awards

  • 57
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Evelyn & Chris
    65 photos · 09/19/2022

Pricing

Team

Samantha Stevick
Samantha Stevick
Assistant Director of Event 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 since I was 16 as a caterer, 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 I go to work.

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.

Preferred Vendors

Map

10000 Skyline Boulevard Oakland, CA, 94619
Location of (Chabot Space & Science Center)

Chabot Space & Science Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Chabot Space & Science Center?

Chabot Space & Science Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Parking

What are the most important characteristics of Chabot Space & Science Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Chabot Space & Science Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Park

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Chabot Space & Science Center for wedding events?

Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Chabot Space & Science Center offer?

Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Chabot Space & Science Center offer for wedding events?

Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Chabot Space & Science Center have available for wedding events?

Chabot Space & Science Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Drapery
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Chabot Space & Science Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Chabot Space & Science Center is recommended by 91% 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 average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

Other vendors in San Francisco for your wedding

Wedding Venues