4 Venues for Summer Events

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t plan an event outside. Whether you need an escape from the heat or a little more time in the sunshine, we’ve got four new venues from the east coast to the west coast that can accommodate events of 10 people to more than 600. Check out the latest selection of rooftops, waterfront eateries, retro dining and art spaces available from Washington D.C. to San Diego.

1. Decades Rooftop (Washington, DC)

Photo: Vance Brinkley

Retro-inspired nightclub Decades opened its rooftop event space in April. The 2,500 square-foot-space is decorated with palm trees, assorted lush, tropical plants and greenery-covered privacy walls.  Decades’ three interior floors are dedicated and decorated to reflect the different musical eras from the 80s through the 2000s and the present. On the first level, the CD-covered DJ booth and VIP “Pop Room” pay homage to the 2000s, while the second floor is all about the ’90s, decked out in arcade games and Rubik’s Cube furniture, and the gold-themed third floor takes music lovers back to the gilded age of hip-hop in the ‘80s, with an opulent, one-of-a-kind gold “Bling Room.”

2. Sugar Factory Pentagon City (Arlington, Virginia)

Photo: Joy Asico

The 5,500-square foot Sugar Factory restaurant and retail store opened its first Northern Virginia location in May adjacent to the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall. The brasserie-style dining room is designed with a black, white and red color palette with seating for 200 guests. As the name suggests, the menu features seven pages of desserts in addition to its heartier fare and attached candy shop.

3. Carnitas’ Snack Shack (San Diego, California)

Photo: Lyudmila Zotova

This 9,840-square-foot eatery is located less than a mile from the Convention Center right on the waterfront. Ideal for lunch breaks or evening events during a conference, the open-air design has a relaxed ambience with panoramic views of the the city and San Diego Bay. The venue can accommodate as many as 600 for receptions or 216 seated, though parties of 10 or more can also be accommodated with group menus for buffet, station or passed catering service.  The menu focuses on pork-centric American dishes paired with local craft beers.

4. ARTECHOUSE (Washington, DC)

This 15,000-square-foot innovative art space opened earlier this month and features 24-foot ceilings with fully programmable projection mapping technology. There are 7,000 square feet of event space across six spaces, which can seat 10 to as many as 100 guests in each for a total of 175 people for an event. Groups can access the rest of the gallery space before and after their event. Receptions for as many as 400 can experience a customizable immersive environment with interactive elements and brand activations designed by the venue’s digital installation artists.

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