A truly unique setting located in historic downtown Durham, our facility is versatile, attractive, fun and affordable. We have art galleries, a dance floor, theatre, and Catering Kitchen for the caterer of your choice. Our staff is friendly and will help you make your event an all-out success. Weddings and receptions are primarily held in any of the following four rooms: Our Pavilion is a grand two story space surrounded by large glass windows on three sides. It contains a large winding staircase that leads to a second level balcony. Suspended from the high ceiling are twinkling lights. The Pavilion is perfect for dancing. Use the Pavilion along with our Allenton and/or Semans Gallery for larger, dinners-and-dancing, weddings and wedding receptions. Our Galleries have rotating art exhibits. Both spaces are beautiful for receptions. Our Allenton Gallery is located off the Pavilion on the Main Level. Off one wing is a small glassed room that can be used as a gift or coat room. The Catering Kitchen is just steps away. Our Semans Gallery is located off the Pavilion balcony on the Upper Level. It has a large centerpiece window that faces the twinkling lights dangling from the Pavilion rafters creating a very magical, festive atmosphere. Our PSI Theatre is perfect for a wedding ceremony. It is on the Upper Level just beyond Semans Gallery. It has 200 stadium style seats, and comes with two dressing rooms and a screen to show a slideshow story of the bride and groom.
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Recommended by 97% of couples
Kate · Married on 12/31/2016
We choose the Durham Arts Council for our New Years Eve wedding and could not have been happier! The venue is not only beautiful, but was also an excellent value. The space is open and airy and we were given the freedom to do as much or as little with it as we wanted. Fay, our point person at the venue was lovely, responsive and super easy to work with. She put us at ease and made the experience really great.
We had our ceremony in the downstairs Atrium and the dinner in the upstairs gallery (the art on the walls was a added backdrop bonus to our photos). During dinner the downstairs was flipped to create the dance floor for the reception. Our guests could not stop talking about how beautiful the wedding was! We walked away a very happy married couple.
Allison · Married on 06/18/2016
We used the Durham Arts Council for our 75-guest wedding ceremony and reception, and it was great! Our requirements when choosing a venue were: 1) indoor (NC heat in June is no joke!), 2) walkable from downtown hotels (to show off how awesome Durham is and keep things convenient for our guests who were all from out of town) 3) flexible with vendor choice, and 4) reasonable price. The DAC met all those conditions. Plus since it was a nice night and my dad built us a corn hole set, our guests were able to hang out on the side patio areas to get away from the music and chat. It truly worked out better than I could've imagined.
We had our ceremony upstairs, cocktail hour and dancing in the atrium, and a buffet dinner in the downstairs gallery. I liked our setup and would recommend it.
Their regular coordinator Amanda left between when we signed our contract and our event date, but the new person worked out just fine.
One thing to note is that there are some carpet stains in the upstairs balcony - we rented a few rugs to cover them.
Kirsten · Married on 04/02/2016
We loved the Arts Council! They were very accommodating, affordable and helpful! We needed some switching of tables at the last minute and they helped us! They provided additional trash bags and anything we accidentally forgot (pens), they provided. Great experience!
The Durham Arts Council offers a variety of spaces to accommodate a bride's needs. The staff is very helpful and willing to assist. Add an additional layer of artistic creativity to your wedding by hosting your reception at The Durham Arts Council.