Top 10 Cool Indoor Venues

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Spectacular theme events, receptions and galas at these signature Scottsdale venues keep the party cool and comfortable all summer long.


Scottsdale Private Event Venues


Looking for a space to let your imagination run wild (really, really wild)? Scottsdale Private Event Venues specializes in luxury airplane hangars that can be transformed into any theme you desire, from rock concerts to a Cirque du Soleil-inspired night featuring aerial acrobats. Hangars range from 3,500 to 60,000 square feet.

 


The Clayton


The Clayton offers not one, but two distinctive venues in Old Town Scottsdale. Urban flair meets refined industrial architecture at The Clayton House, which can accommodate up to 700 guests for an indoor cocktail reception. Nearby, The Clayton on the Park’s airy, two-story space offers floor-to-ceiling views of Civic Center Park and ample indoor reception space for 250 guests.

 


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


With innovative architecture by Will Bruder and rotating exhibitions of cutting-edge art, SMoCA is a vibrant backdrop for receptions of up to 250 guests. Guests can mix and mingle over creative cocktails and small bites, browse the latest exhibits, and watch the changing desert light in “Knight Rise,” a skyspace installation by James Turrell.

 


Musical Instrument Museum


Musical instruments from around the world set a stylish stage for up to 1,600 guests at MIM. The museum’s spacious, contemporary architecture and flexible gathering spaces, including the 299-seat MIM Music Theater, harmonize beautifully with any occasion.

 


Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West


One of Old Town’s newest gems, Western Spirit celebrates the art, culture and history of the American West. Banquets, receptions and other gatherings for 25 to 500 guests take on a sophisticated Western flair, and groups booking the museum also are granted access to galleries and exhibits during the event.

 


OdySea Aquarium


Sharks, penguins and tropical fish in the desert? Absolutely! There are few “cooler” experiences than dining while surrounded by colorful, exotic fish from the oceans and rivers of the world. OdySea, the Southwest’s largest aquarium can host groups up to 250 for seated banquets and 2,800 for receptions.

 


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


This elegant, contemporary performing arts center offers five flexible indoor venues, including the 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, 6,200-square-foot Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium, and the Mezzanine Lounge, a second-floor perch for 120 guests that overlooks the Center’s expansive lobby.

 


Heard Museum


An event at the Heard Museum of Native American art and culture can include the tranquil sounds of flute music, demonstrations by Native artisans, and championship-level hoop dance performances. The Heard offers several flexible indoor spaces, the largest of which is the 4,489-square-foot Steele Auditorium, accommodating 500 guests reception-style or 330 banquet-style.

 


Skylanes


This relative newcomer to Old Town’s Entertainment District isn’t your father’s bowling alley. Perched on the second floor above Casa Amigos restaurant, Skylanes offers six high-tech, digitally enhanced lanes and a spacious craft cocktail lounge that together can accommodate up to 300 guests.
 


Octane Raceway


When your group feels the need for speed, there’s no better venue than Octane Raceway. In addition to high-speed elect go-karts and a 1/3-mile indoor/outdoor track, Octane offers 4,000 square feet of configurable meeting and event space for groups of 10 to 500. And if they’d like to save the world from marauding zombies, the adrenaline junkies in your group can suit up for the Octane’s new Velocity VR virtual reality game.