As a meeting planner, you’ve had those moments when you pinch yourself and realize all of your hard work and careful destination research truly paid off. Those are the hard-earned times when you can sit back and just enjoy watching your event flow—the on-site technology is working without a hitch, your attendees are smiling and networking and attentive venue staff are catering to your every need. And when you choose one of the fabulous Oregon event venues in the pleasant university town of Corvallis, south of Portland in central-western Oregon, those moments are par for the course.
Corvallis is a historic city in the heart of the Willamette Valley with a quaint downtown and a vibrant, diverse student population thanks to Oregon State University. With nearly 30,000 students, the international public research university attracts people from all over the world. And while OSU’s population keeps things lively in Corvallis throughout the year, this is a town that stands on its own special merits, too.
Corvallis is cradled by forests and mountains and lies within easy striking distance of Oregon’s famous covered bridges and Willamette Valley wineries, with beautiful scenery and outdoor activities at every turn. The city’s small-town friendliness and easy-to-navigate layout makes it simple for your attendees to feel at home and get around. And the various venues offered are ideal for hosting smaller meetings and sporting events as well as larger gatherings.
When it comes to value for money, prepare to be impressed in Corvallis, and choose from a classic hotel setting, a historic theater, outdoor sports fields and more. Read on to explore top Corvallis venues, and start making plans to bring your dream meeting to life in this special corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Your attendees will love being in the heart of Corvallis’ historic downtown district and within walking distance to most of the city’s downtown highlights when you plan your event at the centrally located Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis. It’s easy to envision a welcome cocktail hour in the hotel’s airy foyer, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of light, or an evening social hour on the fourth-floor outdoor terrace, where guests can take in views of the Willamette River while networking around the fire pit under twinkling string lights. The hotel has four event rooms and is a top Corvallis event space. The largest of the rooms here can be set up theater-style to host 220 people, with three additional breakout rooms for smaller gatherings. In between sessions, your guests can step out into the fresh Oregon air with a stroll along the nearby Willamette Riverfront or even squeeze in an energizing workout in the hotel’s on-site fitness center or swimming pool.
The Vue’s focal point is a sweeping terrace overlooking downtown Corvallis, with views that stretch across the Willamette Valley to Marys Peak.
A favorite pick for Oregon wedding venues with some of the most enviable views in town, Vue Corvallis is a two-story space occupying the top levels of the Elements Building and has a lovely indoor-outdoor flow that takes the stuffiness out of any event. The Vue’s focal point is a sweeping terrace overlooking downtown Corvallis, with views that stretch across the Willamette Valley to Marys Peak. You’ll love the rustic-chic architectural flourishes inside, too, with walnut floors, wooden beams and a fireplace rounding out the cozy yet polished setting. Up to 150 attendees can be accommodated here, and corporate events take on an intimate feel with the peaceful views and abundant natural light that make it all the easier for attendees to relax. Other amenities meeting planners appreciate include plenty of free on-site parking, drop-down screens for presentations and exclusive catering by Forks and Corks Catering, one of the most celebrated and trusted caterers in the Willamette Valley with a reputation for beautiful presentation and top-notch service.
The Majestic Theatre is among meeting planners’ favorite Corvallis venues and offers a wonderful location for your small and medium-sized gatherings
The City of Corvallis owns and maintains this architectural gem in the heart of downtown that opened in 1913 as a Vaudeville theater. And while it still operates as a community theater, the Majestic Theatre is among meeting planners’ favorite Corvallis venues and offers a wonderful location for your small and medium-sized gatherings. Available spaces include the theater itself as well as classrooms and conference spaces within the building, with space that can be rented on an hourly or daily basis for groups of anywhere from 30 to 300 people. The location is a block from the Willamette Riverfront and within easy walking distance of downtown Corvallis hotels and restaurants. For larger groups, the event space at the Whiteside Theatre, built in 1922, can seat up to 800 people in the auditorium, with access to their digital projection system and 30-by-17-foot screen—perfect for lectures and presentations.
You’ll like the options for outdoor access, too, as some of the spaces have decks overlooking the campus.
Oregon State University venues abound, and there’s one for every type of gathering. With a wide range of ballrooms, suites, boardrooms and conferences spaces, the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the beautiful Oregon State University campus is a popular destination for gatherings of diverse sizes. The Cascade Ballroom is the largest in all of Corvallis and has hosted everything from charity auctions to high school proms. A total of 700 attendees can be accommodated in the ballroom, adjoining foyer and south concourse, which are complimentary inclusions when you choose this space. Other options at the 24,000-square-foot alumni center include intimate lounges with a living-room-like feel for smaller groups, standard conference rooms that can host 80 people for budget-friendly luncheons and classic boardrooms with large cherrywood tables where up to 80 people can convene. You’ll like the options for outdoor access, too, as some of the spaces have decks overlooking the campus. When your event requires multiple spaces over the course of a few days—with intimate areas to break into smaller groups and space for big events, too—you’ll find a bit of everything here.
And then there’s the center’s beautiful on-site gallery, which has a convenient open floor plan.
There’s endless potential to host all manner and sizes of events at The LaSells Stewart Center, a multi-use facility on the campus of Oregon State University that’s home to the largest art gallery in the Willamette Valley. Among your options for staging here are the bi-level, 1,200-person-capacity Austin Auditorium, a 200-person-capacity lecture hall, four breakout rooms and an executive boardroom. And then there’s the center’s beautiful on-site gallery, which has a convenient open floor plan that can be configured for a variety of functions and features rotating exhibits spotlighting the works of local, regional and international visual artists.
The aquatic center’s indoor 50-meter pool and small, warm therapy pool can be rented for private use year-round, including during regular business hours.
Home to an outdoor water park, Otter Beach, and four distinct swimming pools, Osborn Aquatic Center is a beloved Corvallis facility operated by the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department and might be just the right spot for your event. While Otter Beach and the outdoor lap pool are available for rent from June to September only, in the mornings and evenings, the aquatic center’s indoor 50-meter pool and small, warm therapy pool can be rented for private use year-round, including during regular business hours. You can rent the pools on their own if you want to focus on the facility’s water offerings, or you can also opt to rent the facility’s two adjacent meeting rooms. Also available to rent individually, the rooms feature chairs, tables, projectors and screens for all your AV needs with a capacity of 50 people in each room.
And for something different and memorable, consider planning your event at a horseshoe pit or disc golf course.
Corvallis is a town that loves to get outside and be active, and hosting your event at one of the City of Corvallis Sports Fields can be an invitingly casual and extremely affordable option that delivers a true sense of place. Avery Park, Willamette Park, Pioneer Park and Chintimini Park are just a few of the recreational areas where you can find baseball, soccer, volleyball and softball fields available to rent. And for something different and memorable, consider planning your event at a horseshoe pit or disc golf course. All fields can be rented in two-hour blocks or for a full day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving planners the option to make a sports gathering the focal point of the event or just a fun spot for a breakaway activity. You can secure permits in advance for the right to serve alcohol and have sound systems on site—plus, the use of generators and outside catering is allowed.