Event Venues for Every Occasion

When planning your annual company picnic, reunion or wedding celebration Conner Prairie has unique venue option to make your event unforgettable.

Spread out over 800 acres of scenic land, Conner Prairie is the perfect setting for your next big event. You won't find another staff more dedicated to making your event flawless. Large or small, casual or elegant, we can plan your catered event and add the special touches that make Conner Prairie unique.

During 2024 our Welcome Center venues will be undergoing exciting renovation work to enhance our guest experience! Overlook and Woodland Hall will be unavailable for the duration. We look forward to hosting your event in these spaces in the future!

We’d love to show you our options for the perfect venue to suit your event. Contact us today to schedule your visit. 

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Prairie House

Rustic with a modern update.

Tucked among the rolling hills of Conner Prairie's northern grounds, the newly renovated Prairie House offers a refined, rustic ambience with ample onsite parking. The vaulted, window-lined meeting space opens to a covered deck overlooking scenic woodlands. Ideal for wedding receptions, corporate retreats and other large gatherings.

Featherston Barn

It's the real thing.

The perfect stage is set for a rustic chic wedding, reception or event. Rough-hewn posts and solid plank floors frame oversized barn doors that open onto a 2,000 square foot patio - ideal for outdoor ceremonies or pre-meeting cocktails. Accommodates up to 100 seated guests (10 per table) allowing for buffet, dance floor, display tables and bar. For a ceremony option, Featherston Barn seats up to 120 guests.

General admission is required during public hours.

Outdoor Shelters

Choose from three different-sized shelters that offer fun out in the open with a respite from the elements.

Bayt Pavilion

Gather your larger groups here.

The Bayt Pavilion seats 315 at classic wooden picnic tables with plenty of room for food and drink. This three-sided pavilion provides shelter from the elements and a fireplace for colder days and nights.

General admission is required during public hours.

Hilltop Shelter

Picnic with a view.

Our mid-sized picnic shelter is set away from the hustle and bustle with a scenic view of grassy fields and the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Enjoy the adjacent volleyball court, too.

General admission is required during public hours.

Picnic Shelter

Picnic steps from the experiences at Conner Prairie.

The Picnic Shelter is ideal for small gatherings and birthday parties. Children can climb and slide on the nearby playground and guests have room to relax in the shade. Enjoy the view of Featherston Barn, the 1859 Balloon Voyage and the scenic beauty of the open areas around this picnic space.

General admission is required during public hours.

1859 Balloon Voyage

Events at the balloon

Welcome to our 1859 Balloon Voyage, and your chance to take flight! The exhibit surrounding the balloon is an immersive experience with interactive activities, fun photo backdrops and realistic town square stores. After hours, this venue can be reserved to host meetings or a cocktail reception guests will always remember.

The culmination of this experience is the ability to step into the gondola of our tethered balloon, and be lifted 370 feet over Conner Prairie.

Shen Ho Shi and The Bluffs

A House with an Eli Lilly Connection

Shen Ho Shi: one of Conner Prairie's crown jewels is tucked away in the woods and not open to the public. But this historic home is available for corporate retreats, weddings, and parties year round. Eli Lilly purchased this 1910s house in 1949 and refurbished it using Chinese art and architectural touches. Today, guests can see the intricately painted ceilings and Asian-architectural elements in this unique space and enjoy the long screened in porch that overlooks the White River. The house features a main seating area and four breakout rooms.

General admission is required during public hours.

2024 renovations!

This venue will be unavailable during our 2024 Welcome Center renovations. Check back for exciting updates

Overlook Room

A room with a spectacular view.

Panoramic views, a massive fireplace and an adjoining outdoor deck make this a spacious and welcoming backdrop for a wide range of meetings, receptions and holiday celebrations.

Woodland Hall

Flexible meeting and dining areas for any gathering.

This large, flexible space is ideal for corporate meetings, receptions, classes or banquets. Woodland North and Woodland South combine into one large meeting room or can be divided into two smaller ones. North-facing windows provide light and a wide view of the lawn and grounds.

For more information please contact Catering & Banquet Sales

317-776-6000 ext. 295 catering@connerprairie.org

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