by Kimberly Fowler
The hospitality industry is big business in Georgia, and Gwinnett County is a significant contributor to the mix of event facilities, venues and meeting rooms offered throughout the area.
Venues like the Gwinnett Center bring in massive amounts of visitors for huge events every year. Gwinnett Center, for instance, boasts 84,500 square feet of exhibit space, while other large venues like the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross has more than 120,000 square feet of space.
Smaller scale attractions such as hotels, homes, community centers, resorts, and amphitheatres also attract visitors to Gwinnett County.
A report by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau (Explore Gwinnett) found that in 2013 more than $1 billion was generated in visitor expenditures in Gwinnett County alone. That meant nearly $30 million in local tax revenues and more than 10,000 jobs were supported by Gwinnett”s tourism industry.
The bottom line? Whether you are planning a training conference for 500 or the wedding of your dreams, you”re sure to find the perfect venue for your needs here in Gwinnett County.
Venue for: rehearsal dinners, receptions, large holiday parties, corporate events
Owned and operated by Aqua Terra Bistro, this venue features a party room for up to 90 guests with possibilities for a buffet style meal.
The 173 Carlyle House
Venue for: business meetings, weddings, rehearsal dinners, conferences
This 1900s-era renovated estate sits on two acres of magnolia trees and features a large ballroom and five more intimate rooms for special occasions.
Venue for: family celebrations, corporate meetings, community event, weddings
550 Trackside is a completely restored building that features a courtyard, patio and elegant fireplace.
Venue for: business meetings, dinners, medium-sized gatherings
Seven rooms and ballrooms are available for business meeting or special occasions. When needed, all rooms can be stationed with state-of-the-art technology equipment.
Venue for: weddings, receptions, special and corporate events
This venue is home to a chapel and two ballrooms indoors, plus wooded areas and fountained courtyards outside.
Buford Community Center, Town Park & Theatre
Venue for: concerts, parties, corporate meetings
Offering 5,700 square feet of meeting and event venue space, this versatile venue also features a 290-seat theater and outdoor amphitheater suitable for any occasion.
Busbee Center-Gwinnett Technical College
Venue for: sales seminars, training sessions, shareholder meetings, corporate banquets
This venue includes Cisco Auditorium, the Siemens Exhibit Hall and many smaller meeting rooms with smart podiums, audiovisual, sound system and other presentation equipment.
Venue for: weddings, receptions, fundraisers
Voted the “best of” by The Knot three years in a row, the Carl House offers brides Southern charm as well as a grand ballroom and garden setting for any wedding.
Château Élan Winery & Resort
Venue for: meetings, banquets, receptions
Within the 3,500 acre property, the indoor meeting center is made up of two ballrooms, 19 conference rooms, two board rooms and a tiered auditorium, plus access to the winery and acres of lush vineyards.
Cornerstone at NovoLogic
Venue for: business meetings, workspace, training sessions
This collaboration and meeting space features break out rooms and high tech AV capabilities perfect for any business occasion.
Duluth Festival Center & Amphitheatre
Venue for: concerts, business meetings, ceremonies, receptions
This venue provides both indoor and outdoor event facilities which include banquet rooms, The Town Green, patio and gazebo.
Venue for: weddings, corporate events, meetings
The 170-year-old home owned by Magic Moments combines Southern charm with modern appeal. Its outdoor and indoor event facilities lend an “Old Atlanta” feel to any occasion.
Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Venue for: weddings, receptions, gala events, luncheons, conferences, meetings
With its event settings such as the Ivy Room, Main Exhibit Hall and The Bridge, the Blue Planet Theater is also home to the unique water screen, fit for high quality presentations.
Hudgens Center for the Arts
Venue for: weddings, parties, corporate events, receptions, luncheons
This venue”s 2,200 square foot Grand Hall and Promenade and 28,000 square foot Sculpture Garden offer beautiful facilities for indoor or outdoor events.
Venue for: receptions, business meetings, showers, holiday parties
For any event in need of an elegant setting, this special events caterer and facility also features a bar and patio.
Venue for: meetings, dinners, receptions, celebrations
At Lake Lanier Islands Resort this venue offers over 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, plus a variety of alternative meeting venues overlooking the beautiful lakeside view.
Venue for: weddings, social and corporate events
This newly renovated colonial style house features an elegant ballroom with glass doors, as well as a waterfall koi pond and garden bridge perfect for pictures.
Movie Tavern at Horizon Village Suwanee
Venue for: fundraisers, corporate or client meetings, presentations
Offering auditoriums for presentations on the big screen, this venue also offers chef-inspired food, bar selections and lounge areas for any corporate or client event.
Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center
Venue for: weddings, receptions, reunions, corporate and large dinners
This indoor and outdoor venue features three meeting rooms, a waterfall and fountain area.
North Atlanta Trade Center
Venue for: consumer shows, trade shows, meetings
As one of Georgia”s largest privately owned exhibition facilities, the venue”s Exhibit Hall is big enough for either a 200-person business meeting or to host a show for thousands.
Payne Corley House
Venue for: weddings, receptions, business meetings and dinners, celebrations
Exhibiting Southern charm for any occasion, the main House is ideal for weddings and receptions and the Magnolia Cottage for special dinners and luncheons.
Venue for: corporate meetings, team building, company picnics, weddings
Stone Mountain Park will impress guests for any occasion. Weddings at the park are hosted through Marriott.
Venue for: wedding, reception, business meetings
Surrounded by a lush garden and romantic detailing, this Neo-Classical Special Event Facility, owned by Magic Moments, also includes AV equipment for business meetings or presentations.
The Gwinnett Center
Venue for: holiday/corporate parties, large wedding, consumer/public shows, training meetings
The Gwinnett Center includes many venues such as the 21,000 square foot Grand ballroom, the 702-seat Performing Arts Theatre, and 14 additional meeting rooms featuring Wi-Fi and AV services, as well as food catered by Proof of the Pudding.
The Yancey House
Venue for: weddings, showers, corporate events
This three-story brick house is set among 12-acres, featuring an expansive lawn area and a completely landscaped courtyard.
Venue for: corporate/social events, parties, fundraisers
Studio Movie Grill provides private theatres for special events along with a full service bar and grill and materials for presentations such as podiums, digital projectors and a stage.
The Work Spot
Venue for: training sessions, meetings, networking events, workshops
Prepared with AV capabilities, monitors and projection screens, the venue”s meeting and conference rooms are suitable for business functions both large and small.
Vecoma at Yellow River
Venue for: parties, weddings and receptions, banquets, company picnics
Nestled into a beautiful wooded area, a new reception hall complete with a large deck overlooks the lawn and river scenery.
Venue for: weddings, receptions
Located in a secluded 3-acre section of the Vine Gardens, this venue offers beautiful, lush greenery to enhance the elegance of any wedding or reception.