plank - one of the largest venues in Oakland's Jack London Square

Large venue indoors and outdoors oakland
one of the largest venues in jack london square oakland - great for large groups


One of the largest venues in Oakland's Jack London Square, plank offers over 50k square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. This includes (ready?), a gastro pub, beer garden, a huge patio, bocce ball court, 18 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, 70 HDTVs, interactive video games, billiards… and views overlooking the bay. There are several individual spaces (as intimate as 15 people) or you can take the whole place (up to 1000 people).

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Hotel and a Venue “Nestled” on 330 acres - Carmel, CA

Stonepine Estate (both as a hotel and a venue)

Many resorts seem to be nestled somewhere, and The Stonepine Estate is no exception. “Nestled” on 330 acres in Carmel Valley, the Estate (as a hotel) features an eight-bedroom chateau and three houses, totaling 16 guest rooms. The estate offers a very high-level of service combined with creativity and friendliness, and is a perfect venue for Board meetings and retreats.

As a venue (regardless of whether you are staying there or at another property), they can accommodate groups up to 250 and do all sorts of themed parties and events (my personal experience there involved a private demonstration of amazing horsemanship… combined with a delicious BBQ).  Besides the western themes easily incorporated into their equestrian center, other, more elegant settings are a natural for Great Gatsby type events (or other themes in which people pretend to be rich and carefree). Anyway, whatever the theme, they are good there.

If You Need to Accommodate A Large Group Exploratorium is BIG as in 100,000 sq ft - San Francisco, CA



As their web site says… “The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception—a vast collection of online experiences that feed your curiosity.” Another key word that keeps showing up… “interactive”. Put another way… it’s a museum where everyone can be a kid and that is a good thing.

The museum is BIG (as in 100,000 square feet)… so if you have a BIG group (max seated is 1100, max standing is 3500) it can accommodate pretty much anything, but it is also divided into galleries that can be rented separately for smaller events. Many of the galleries (and combinations thereof) have great views of both the city and the Bay, plus your group can play with all of the contraptions the museum is famous for.

Note… it is a museum and so there are always some restrictions, some timing issues, and a lot of other fine print… but if you can work with that, everyone loves the place.