University Of California, Davis Event Spaces | Unique Venues
University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

Unique Venue Features

  • Runner-Up: Locally Sourced Catering 
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Welcome to UC Davis! Located in the heart of Northern California, the campus is fifteen minutes from downtown Sacramento and a short drive from world renowned destinations – San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Napa. Our central location provides a range of options from touring a metropolitan city, exploring the wine country, to hiking or skiing the Sierras.

Ranked the #1 Most Sustainable University in the US (2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings), the University of California, Davis offers

  • 5,300 acres of green, outdoor spaces,
  • unique settings within a vineyard, brewery, gaming areas, museums, an arboretum, and a performing arts theater
  • professional conference facilities and planning services
  • audio/visual equipped facilities, with a range of services for in person, hybrid or virtual events
  • on-campus lodging for summer programs
  • hotels within walking distance
  • farm to fork dining
  • and the charm, safety, and hospitality of a university town

Our event spaces offer a range of settings from non-traditional, contemporary elegant, historic and everything in between.

Logistics coordination is handled by our professional and experienced event and meeting planning team at Conference and Event Services. We are your one point of contact to support all your conference needs. Celebrating 50 years as a professional resource for meeting planning, Conference and Event Services continues to provide expertise, solutions and full service.

Watch our video above to see why the University of California, Davis is Northern California’s most diverse, appealing, and creative event venue. Call us today to start planning!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 6500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 510
  • Largest Theatre Style: 6500
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1800
  • Largest Arena Seating: 8000
  • Largest Seated Reception: 1200
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1800
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Alumni & Visitor Center, AGR Room
A room of many moods, this facility features a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, natural lighting and views of a shaded patio and manicured lawns.
  • 2,075 Sq. Ft.
  • 152 Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
  • Varies Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
ARC Ballroom
An impressive ballroom opens onto a private courtyard. This space is ideal for parties, banquets, conferences or information fairs. A state of the art audio/visual system with built in sound and well designed lighting options enhance the ambiance of any event.
  • 4,880 Sq. Ft.
  • 264 Banquet Style
  • 160 Classroom Style
  • 400 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
ARC Meeting Rooms
Two versatile meeting rooms serve as convenient break-out space for the ARC Ballroom or may be booked separately. Boardroom-style tables and chairs can be arranged for lecture, conference or classroom activities.
  • 408 to 912 Sq. Ft.
  • 15 to 35 Banquet Style
  • 25 to 59 Classroom Style
  • 20 to 40 Theatre Style
  • Floorplan Layout
UC Davis Conference Center
The Conference Center is a state-of-the-art learning and meeting complex adjacent to the Hyatt Place Hotel. The Conference Center blends comfort, versatility and style in the campus' newest facility and includes a large multi-configuration ballroom.
Freeborn Hall
This versatile auditorium provides an excellent setting for banquets, auctions, weddings, conferences, concerts and trade shows. Freeborn Hall features a proscenium stage, theatrical lighting, two backstage dressing rooms, and an on-site box office.
  • 14,481 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 500 Classroom Style
  • 1,318 Theatre Style
  • 1,318 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Good Life Garden
The Good Life Garden is an ever-changing edible landscape. This venue features organic and sustainably-grown vegetables, making it a feast for the eyes. Good Life Garden can be tented to accommodate your event.
Gunrock Pub
Full-service restaurant and patio can be reserved for meetings and special events.
Lecture Halls and Classrooms
When it comes to lecture or classroom space, no one does it better than a leading research university. The campus offers rooms ranging in capacity from 15 to more than 500. Sophisticated audio/visual equipment comes at no extra charge with built in technology.
Memorial Union
Eight meeting rooms varying in size and shape conveniently located in the heart of campus.
  • 420-2,867 Sq. Ft.
  • 37-100 Banquet Style
  • 12-120 Classroom Style
  • 16-42 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall
Known for its eye catching architecture and acoustic excellence, this 1,800-seat theater is gaining an international reputation as a superb performance space.
Mondavi Center, Lobby
This grand entrance to the Mondavi Center can also be an enchanting setting ideal for an elegant hors d'oeuvre and wine reception, or silent auction.
Mondavi Center, Studio Theater
The Studio Theater features a window wall overlooking an outdoor plaza and the UC Davis Arboretum. It is fully equipped for dance, drama and music performances and can also be set up as a dining or lecture space.
  • 3000 Sq. Ft.
  • 200 Banquet Style
  • 250 Classroom Style
The Pavilion
The Pavilion provides more than 150,000 square feet of space for concerts, trade shows, conferences, and athletic events. Seating for 8,000 provides unobstructed views of the arena floor, and seating is retractable, giving considerable flexibility in floor space and use.
  • 20,862 Sq. Ft.
  • 1,000 Banquet Style
  • 3,000 to 7,200 Classroom Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Putah Creek Lodge
Overlooking Putah Creek in the southwest section of the UC Davis Arboretum, Putah Creek is a unique hexagon shaped facility with a distinctive fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and expansive lawn. Outdoors a patio, barbecue area with picnic tables, and outdoor amphitheater with fire pit are available for use.
  • 1,420 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 100-200 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Recreation Pool Lodge
With its natural wood-paneled interior, floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone fireplace and balcony, the Recreation Pool Lodge lends itself to a variety of events from business meetings to social functions.
  • 1,420 Sq. Ft.
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 100 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 100-200 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Alumni & Visitor Center, Founders Board Room
This spacious and impressive conference room features an 18-foot wood conference table, a credenza, and leather-upholstered chairs. It is a distinguished setting for executive sessions or board meetings.
Athletic Facilities and Fields
Create a memorable event in UC Davis' NCAA Division-I premier athletic facilities, including our new 11,000 capacity stadium.

Food & Beverage Options

Gunrock Pub Cafe
Gunrock Pub Café is a full-service restaurant that offers a classic menu basic on locally-grown, seasonal ingredients. Next to the Gunrock Pub Cafe is the Silo, which houses several commercial dining options including a coffee house, a deli, a Carl's Junior and Pizza Hut. Visit for more information
  • Seating Capacity: 95-150
  • Menu
Campus Dining Commons
Located near residence halls are three dining commons, offering one of the nation’s finest collegiate residential dining programs. Build your own meal with choices of Asian Fusion, Tex-Mex, Vegan Grill, or one of the many other options.
  • Seating Capacity: 2000
Coffee House
Known as the CoHo, the university’s coffee house is the largest student run restaurant in the nation. The CoHo is conveniently located in the heart of campus and features a bakery, espresso bar, and deli. Nearly 100% of food served is prepared by student employees, and many items are certified organic and locally grown.
  • Seating Capacity: 300
Starbucks Coffee
Stop by the campus' full service Starbucks for your daily coffee fix.

Catering options

Olive & Viine Catering by UC Davis
Olive & Vine Catering by UC Davis, is our on-campus catering service. With a changing seasonal menu, Olive & Vine offers farm to fork cuisine with many campus grown ingredients, and the option to customize offerings to suit special event and dietary needs. For their most current menus, plese visit


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 3900
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 2200
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Hair dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Television
  • Towels
  • WiFi


UC Davis Residence Halls
Affordable residence hall packages include accommodations, full meal plans and recreation passes.
Segundo North Residence Halls
Pristine suites of two sleeping rooms with common kitchenette and bathroom.
Segundo Residence Halls
Large picture windows overlook manicured lawns. 25 rooms per floor; shared lounge, kitchenette and bathrooms.
Cuarto Residence Halls
Suites of two or three sleeping rooms, privately shared bathroom and lounge. Outdoor pools and spas.
Tercero Residence Halls
Varied configurations. Surrounded by manicured lawns.
Hyatt Place Hotel
Hyatt Place is a brand new, state-of-the-art hotel conveniently located on campus. This premier hotel offers a cozy living space, spacious guest rooms, and 24/7 assistance from the gallery host. Complimentary Wi-Fi and easily accessible parking are also available.
  • 70 Rooms

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Golf Course Golf
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


Conference & Event Services,
1050 Blue Ridge Road,
Davis, California 95616


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Sacramento International - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Sacramento International - 20 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Sacramento – 15 miles
San Francisco – 73 miles
Napa – 47 miles
Lake Tahoe – 122 miles
Modesto – 91 miles
Stockton – 60 miles

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


High-tech, inexpensive audio visual equipment. Wireless internet; teleconferencing and videoconferencing capabilities; computer labs.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • ADA Accessible: Yes


"[Conference & Event Services] are very knowledgeable about the campus and have the infrastructure to provide the largest selection of services. They are a modern organization with an excellent grasp of Internet services. Their experience with many types of organizations gives them insight into enhancing a symposium. They provide the best service at the best possible price."
Harry Dwyer, Aeronautical Engineering The Fifth Symposium on Overset Grids
"Conference & Event Services has been essential in organizing our successful employee events. They coordinate every detail-from the facility to the caterer to the parking-and they offer excellent suggestions based on their experiences. It is truly one of the most valuable and service-oriented event planning organizations in our area."
Andrea Jekabson, Sutter Davis Hospital
"We prefer to hold our international meetings at Davis because it is a pleasant and beautiful alternative to hotel or conference centers. The community of scholars on campus also provides participants with the chance to collaborate with colleagues who are not attending the meeting. In addition, Conference & Event Services can organize everything from start to finish. It all makes such a nice package."
Sharon Anglin Manager, Center for Companion Animal Health School of Veterinary Medicine UC Davis
"With only a short time remaining until our high-visibility conference, we had no venue and no plans set. We really needed a 'one-stop shop' for planning, coordinating, and managing our conference. Our coordinator had the knowledge, experience, skills, personality, and insights that led to a productive and positive conference. It drew compliments from nearly all participants. We definitely will contact [UC Davis] for future conferences."
John Harvey, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Research Center


Conference Coordination
At Conference and Event Services, you can count on service that is individualized and complete. An experienced coordinator will be your contact as you plan and launch your corporate, athletic, or special event. Conference and Event Services offers full logistical coordination to each of our clients, including arranging for meeting space, dining service and audio/visual support.
Registration Services
Our expert event coordinators will handle all of your registration needs. For both on and off-campus events, our team can arrange for printed material, on-site registration, mailing and credit card processing.


Campus Audio Visual Services
Your conference event coordinator will arrange any audio/visual you require, through the affordable campus audio/visual services. Wi-Fi, projector screens, microphones, and other technology for conferences and events are available at most event facilities.