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Old 08-13-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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Good evening everyone,

Myself and a few of my business partners are looking to throw a homecoming event this fall. We are looking for a nice, classy venue that can hold approximately 500 or more patrons. This will be a semi-formal event, consisting of a young, professional crowd. The party will run between the hours of 10pm - 2:30am and include a DJ. Security, alcohol and other misc items can be negociated, depending on the venue.

I'm asking if anyone has any suggestions on a venue in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill area we could use for an event of this magnitude. We have done this for the past two years with great success. I understand it is difficult to rent a restaurant or club of this size, so I am very much open to any other venue this party can concievably take place...museum, event center, clubhouse, etc. Thanks!

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Old 08-13-2008, 09:13 PM
 
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You could check out the NC State Fairgrounds, they have several facilities.
NCDA&CS - N.C. State Fair Division

They might not look like much at first, but I've seen them really decorated nicely and it turns out great!
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:56 PM
 
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Sisters garden has a facility that can hold up to 700 on Millbrook Rd.
Google sisterscatering for info
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:24 AM
 
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Many of the hotels have smaller event rooms that could accommodate this. The Marriott and Sheraton in RTP do. As does the Embassy Suites both in Cary and Crabtree Valley.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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Might be interested in the listing of sites on these links:

Raleigh Wedding Sites Locations, Event Venues Spaces, NC
Event Venues in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC)

as well as these two local "event houses":

Historic Crenshaw Hall in Wake Forest North Carolina (http://www.historic-crenshawhall.com/index.php - broken link)
and
Longview at the Poe House
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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I like the Raleigh Museum of Ar if you can afford it, but 500 people may be pushing the size if you try and stay indoors.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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How about the Millennium Hotel in Durham. We went to a function there and it was very nice.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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This might be a dumb idea but have you considered the new convention center? It will open in September. You might also want to considered the performing arts center. I hear they have events there in their huge open lobby from time to time.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:23 AM
 
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I know that Marbles downtown (Raleigh) hosts parties. You may want to give them a call. It's an interesting building in a great location.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies guys. There were some really good suggestions. I know that most of the locations given are in Raleigh, but I wanted to know if anyone knows of any locations in the Chapel Hill-Durham-RTP area?

Keep in mind this is more of an after hours (10pm-2am) party (i.e - DJ, dancing, drinks) than a reception. I would love a place than has a club-type atmosphere or a restaurant with nice decor that can be used for events. Also remember that it needs to acomodate 450+ people...

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