Hampshire College | Event Services & Summer Programs

Hampshire College | Event Services & Summer Programs

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


Located in the scenic Pioneer Valley, Hampshire College is set on a charming 800-acre campus at the foot of the Mount Holyoke Range. Perfect for functions or groups of all sizes, our campus offers a variety of beautifully designed Amherst, Massachusetts meeting, banquet, and conference space available year-round. Hampshire College is the ideal location for your next meeting, conference, retreat, special event, company outing, summer program, athletic and academic camp. Hampshire College is close to major highways, airports, bus-lines, and train stations providing for ease of accessibility. View below for more information on Hampshire College event services in Amherst, MA.

Watch the video above to learn more of the attributes that make Hampshire College the ideal Amherst event venue for everything from corporate meetings to wedding reception.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 850 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 150
  • Largest Theatre Style: 800
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
The Red Barn
Built in 1820 and converted to a function space in the 1970s, the Red Barn blends rustic charm and productive meeting/event space, The Red Barn is spacious, versatile, and technologically modern. The Red Barn is the perfect space for business meetings, retreats, and intimate receptions or dinners. With scenic views of the Mount Holyoke range, The Barn’s deck and picnic grove provide an ideal setting for group outings and picnics.
  • 2600 Sq. Ft.
  • 120 Banquet Style
  • 150 Classroom Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
  • 150 Conference Style
  • 75 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) Auditorium
A variety of meeting spaces are available in this venue including the lobby, conference room, a lounge, an auditorium and four additional breakout rooms. Equipment available in this hall includes computers, projectors, couches and tables, and basic AV equipment.
  • 780 Sq. Ft.
  • n/a Banquet Style
  • n/a Classroom Style
  • 60 Theatre Style
  • n/a Conference Style
  • n/a Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Arts Barn
The Arts Barn is located in the Arts Village and can hold 50 people.
  • 1326 Sq. Ft.
Cole Science Center
This venue includes three classrooms, that each contain tables and chairs and most rooms have audio/visual equipment.
  • 320 Sq. Ft.
  • 40 Classroom Style
Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH)
This venue contains theatres as well as five breakaway rooms. The breakaway rooms can hold 15-20 people. Tables and chairs are included in all the breakaway rooms as well as audio/visual equipment.
Dining Commons
There is one dining commons on campus that can accommodate up to 500 people. The three rooms, the front 2,000 sq ft, middle 885 sq ft and back 3,600 sq ft, can be used for private meetings before or after meal times.
Farm Center
The Farm Center includes a Sunroom/Dining Room, Library and a Weaving/Spinning Room. All the rooms contain tables and chairs. The Weaving/Spinning Room also offers looms and spinning wheels.
  • 20 Banquet Style
Jerome Liebling Center for Film and Photo
This venue includes a gallery and a large classroom. The classroom contains tables and chairs as well as a film projector and moveable blackboard. The gallery is 1,293 square feet and can hold 80 people.
  • 1293 Sq. Ft.
  • 40 Classroom Style
Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH)
This venue contains a wide variety of meeting places. There are 3 lecture halls that contain audio/visual equipment and can seat 70 to 220 people. Eight classrooms are available that include tables and chairs, along with audio/visual equipment. These classrooms can hold 25-40 people. Two lobbies and a faculty lounge can also be utilized in this venue.
Merrill and Dakin House Offices
This venue contains two living rooms and two dining rooms. The living rooms contain couches and chairs as well as a kitchen area and a TV/VCR. There are 10-15 seats, and they can hold 40 people total. The two dining rooms contain a conference table and can accommodate 10-15 people.
The library offers a variety of meeting spaces. The gallery holds 60 people and is 2,140 square feet. There are also four breakaway rooms that hold 10-30 people and offer a variety of amenities. This venue also includes the Airport Lounge which can hold 20 people and includes computers, tables and chairs.
Music & Dance
This venue offers more unique meeting spaces. There are four practice rooms that all include a piano. Two dance studios and a recital hall are available. The large dance studio has curtain capabilities and a light/sound box, while the recital hall offers bleachers, chairs, a piano and a projecter and screen. Food and drink aren't allowed in these rooms, and shoes are permitted in the dance studios. These rooms hold 60-80 people. There is also a classrom that includes tablet arm chairs, a piano and drums. This room holds 20 people.
  • 50-2500 Sq. Ft.
  • 20 Classroom Style
Outdoor Spaces
A lot of outdoor spaces are available for outside meetings and activities. These spaces include: Baseball Field, Greenwich Field, Outdoor Tennis Courts, Soccer Fields, Enfield Apple Orchard, Torrey Courtyard, Pavilion, 2 Lawns and 3 Quads.
Robert Crown Center
This venue contain a spacious 8,000 sq ft field house ideal for trade shows, large group presentations, performances, banquets, team-building activities, religious events, etc. The adjoining Bridge Café can be used for breakout space, social gatherings, or dining. Also located in the the Crown Center is a 25-yard swimming pool, indoor basketball court, climbing wall, exercise machines, and game-room/lounge space.
  • 8000 Sq. Ft.
  • 500 Banquet Style
  • 850 Classroom Style
  • 850 Theatre Style
  • 850 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Prescott Tavern
Located in the Prescott Housing area, the Tavern is a great location for a day time meeting or evening Open Mic night, Coffee House, or opportunity to spend free time with billiards.
  • 50 Banquet Style
The Mainstage theatre in Emily Dickinson Hall
The Mainstage and Studio theatres are versatile performance spaces with significant lighting and sound capabilities, costume and scene shops, and dressing rooms.
  • 1900 Sq. Ft.

Food & Beverage Options

Dining Commons
A residential dining facility available for group programs and conferences during the summer. The commons offers a wide range of options that are sure to meet all of your groups needs and dietary restrictions. Plans are available for up to three all-you-can-eat meals per day.
  • Seating Capacity: 500
Front Dining Room
The front dining room features a trendy, colorful design. Food items such as soup, salad and a variety of breads can be found in this room.
  • Seating Capacity: 120
Middle Dining Room
Additional seating for 80 guests can be found in the middle dining room.
  • Seating Capacity: 80
Back Dining Room
The largest seating area is also colorfully decorated and contains artwork made by the Hampshire College students. Additional food items and beverage machines are located in the back room for convenience.
  • Seating Capacity: 300

Catering options

Catering Overview
Hampshire College Dining Services can create a customized menu to meet all of your event planning needs! Please place your catering order at least ten business days prior to the event. Special requests such as vegetarian and vegan meals, as well as other dietary needs, can be accommodated.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 600
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 600
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator
  • WiFi


Dakin House
Traditional-style residence hall living arrangements consisting of singles and doubles with shared lounges, kitchenettes, and internet access.
  • 280 Beds
Merrill House
Traditional-style residence hall living arrangements consisting of singles and doubles with shared lounges, kitchenettes, and internet access.
  • 247 Beds
Prescott House
Mod-style housing each consisting of 4 to 10 single residences, a common living/dining room, a kitchen, and one to two bathrooms in each apartment.
  • 239 Beds
Greenwich House
5 mod-style residences each consisting of 8 apartment-style houses with a central common space. Each apartment consists of single and double residences, a common living/dining room, a kitchen, and one to two bathrooms.
  • 209 Beds
Enfield House
Town-house style residences each consisting of singles and doubles, a common living/dining room, a kitchen, and one to three bathrooms.
  • 199 Beds

Featured Amenities

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

Venue Location + Transportation


893 West St,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-5001


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi

Nearby Airport

  • Bradley International - 40 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Bradley International - 40 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Springfield – 25|Boston – 90|New York – 160

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


Our Amherst campus has full-service audio-visual and media support with equipment and services including internet access, video projectors, screens, podiums, flip charts, easels, microphones, sound systems, and videoconferencing.

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

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No


"Having ITD's 20th anniversary dinner at the Red Barn was wonderful. From the beginning to the end, all the details were taken care of with the utmost of professionalism. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Simply perfect, rustic elegance for an important celebration.
Kay Dougan - Reception and Dinner
"The Red Barn was an excellent spot for my wedding. Both the barn and the surrounding grounds were beautiful. It was nice to have so much control on decorations and the barn dresses up beautifully. Working with the coordinator was such a big help. The coordinator made the whole wedding run smoothly. Sodexho Catering provided wonderful fresh food and did a great job. The food was great!"
Jennifer Silva - Wedding and Reception


Facilities and Grounds
The Event Services and Summer Programs Office will work with the Physical Plant staff to accommodate specific set-ups for your event.
Media Services Department
Media services provides technical assistance and audio-visual equipment for special events such as lectures and conferences, group activities such as film/video screenings, and sound systems for visiting musicians.
Public Safety
The Hampshire College Department of Public Safety is dedicated to maintaining the safety and peacefulness of our campus. Providing protection and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all of our guests are sure to feel secure. Public Safety also assists with any parking needs or accessible parking requests.
Catering Services
Full-service catering is provided by Bon Apetit Catering Services whose mission is to provide the finest quality meals and service at reasonable costs. Working with you, all of your needs will be taken care of, whether it is a simple refreshment break, an elegant dinner, or an overnight group meal plan.