VENUES FOR EVENT PLANNERS
Bartholomew County Fairgrounds
The fairgrounds feature several buildings and outdoor venue sites available to accommodate meetings, wedding reception, or festivals on more than 100 acres. Available by reservation except from mid-June to mid-July.
Columbus Visitors Center - Barbara Stewart Room
Conveniently located downtown on the second floor of the Visitors Center, with easy access to downtown restaurants, this conference room seats up to 72. Projector, screen, speakers, wireless lapel microphone, wi-fi, and whiteboard are available. Parking is available on north side of building. The gift shop on the first floor is filled with unique items.
Columbus Youth Camp
Columbus Youth Camp has sleeping quarters and dining space for 125. For day rentals, the camp holds 300. The facilities include cabins, kitchen, dining hall, and indor/outdoor shelters. The challenge course can also be rented.
The Commons features four areas that are available to rent. You may rent an individual area (see options immediately below this listing) or combine areas for larger events. The building is an LEED registered project.
The Miller-Tangeman Lobby in The Commons features the John Tinguely sculpture, Chaos I and a small stage area perfect for gathering of 30-40 people and stand-up receptions. Access to the second floor lobby is also included with this area.
The Nugent-Custer Performance Hall in The Commons is an 8,000+ square feet space that accommodates 450 seated (round tables) or 700 theater style. The performance hall features a complete theatrical stage, lighting and sound, Brazilian cherry floors, and incredible downtown views.
The Patio at The Commons is a 2,700 square feet open-air terrace space with views of Bartholomew County Courthouse and downtown Columbus, perfect for a stand-up cocktail reception or small event.
The Xenia Miller Conference Room in The Commons features meeting space for 20 people, available for free for not-for-profits.
Factory 12 Event Loft
The Factory 12 Event Loft has a natural beauty with an urban edge. The space has the intimate features that you can’t fake and all the up to date amenities you need. The room seats over 400 people but can be scaled down for a business meeting of 30. With original brick, hard wood and modern lighting, the space’s ‘less is more’ feeling inspires great conversation and photography. In a space like this, guests are reminded of those things that last – things that get better with time.
Located in downtown Columbus’ historic Roviar building, The Factory 12 Event Loft includes 10,000 square feet of event space, exposed brick walls, wood posts & beams, hardwood floors, large windows, skylight, and ambient lighting. The Factory 12 Event loft is designed for a variety of customized special events from weddings and receptions to corporate and holiday events.
Factory 12 photo by Stacy Able
The original Swiss chalet style building was designed by Harry Weese as a community building with warming house and changing rooms for an outdoor ice rink. The building exterior features rough-hewn granite boulder battered walls and glass with views to the exterior. The interior features triple-peaked roof with wood beams and planking. A central granite fireplace, highlighting the spacious interior, is surrounded by wooden benches, an inviting sight to chilled skaters.
Because of an increased community interest in ice skating and the need to extend the skating season, the community decided to enclose the outdoor rink in 1975. Koster and Associates designed the enclosure of the large ice arena as an extension of the existing center with similar exterior materials and architectural details, and now includes a regulation- sized hockey rink and an adjacent practice rink, so the facility offers year-round skating.
Group-friendly property with 94 guestrooms and a meeting room seating up to 100 people theater-style or 50 people classroom-style, all convenient to I-65 and near Edinburgh Premium Outlets.
The Harlequin Theatre is a community-based theatre dedicated to bringing the best in live drama, music, and a variety of entertainment to Columbus, featuring live stage productions and full scale musicals, sponsoring music performances, and giving new directors, designers, and technicians a chance to hone their skills.
Harrison Lake Country Club
From the cuisine to the staff, to the facility itself, the club prides itself on excellence and personalized service for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, whether it is for a small group of 10 or a large gathering of up to 400. Call or email for more information.
Henry Breeding Farm
The Historic Henry Breeding Farm is the perfect location for your celebration. The 3,500 square foot barn and grounds can be rented for all types of events, from casual to formal, such as weddings and receptions, auctions, family gatherings, business conferences and retreats, seminars, dances, and other private events.
Included in the barn rental are 175 folding chairs, and 25 six-foot tables. The barn will seat as many as 200+, renters may bring in additional chairs or tables if they choose. Our kitchen in the barn has been remodeled and is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, and running water.
Please note the barn is not heated or air conditioned and comes with the charm and idiosyncrasies of agricultural use.
Under no circumstances is the historic farm house included in any rentals for private events.
Please contact BCHS at 812-372-3541 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to check on dates of availability.
To schedule an appointment to visit the barn and grounds please call 812-526-0000. Dates fill up ten months to a year in advance, so book your event well ahead of time.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn has 125 guest rooms andfour meeting rooms with 2,700 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant and bar, indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Near Edinburgh Premium Outlets and located just minutes from downtown Columbus or Camp Atterbury
Holiday Inn Express
The hotel is conveniently located off I-65, minutes from downtown Columbus, Indiana, within 45 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) and in walking distance to major restaurants and the Edinburgh Premium Outlets.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Columbus Edinburgh is a short drive to Camp Atterbury, Hoosier Horse Park, the quaint village of Nashville and Brown County State Park. Many businesses nearby include Cummins, Columbus Regional Hospital, Hisada, Columbus Container, LHP Software, David R. Webb, George UTZ, Toyota and IUPUC.
Perfect for business or leisure travel, the hotel offers spacious guest rooms, free wired and wireless Internet, hot breakfast featuring our signature items, Business Center, indoor pool, hot tub, Fitness Center, evening managers reception, guest laundry and elegant meeting space.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is ideal for your trip to the Columbus Edinburgh areas. While in town visit attractions like the Exit 76 Antique Mall, Miller House, the Columbus Architectural Tour, kidscommons, Otter Creek Golf Course and Timbergate Golf Course. The hotel is 45 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500!
Our hotel was designed with today’s modern traveler in mind. All rooms feature HD flat screen TVs with connectivity panels and free wired/wireless high-speed Internet. In our lobby guests can work or relax in one of our comfortable media pods, featuring free wired/wireless high-speed Internet, power outlets for cell phone chargers and laptops and a flat screen TV with personal remote control.
Hope Town Square
Hope, IN 47246
The famous town square is the center of everything in Hope, surrounded by shops, restaurants, a museum, the public library, and Heritage of Hope Inc’s Visitors Information Center.
Zaharakos Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
This elegantly-restored 1900-style ice cream parlor and museum was named “The Number One Thing Every Hoosier Must Do” by Indianapolis Monthly magazine. One writer said it is “…a confection of mirrors, marble, Tiffany glass, carved woodwork, and polished soda-fountain plumbing.” The one-of-a kind Victorian ice cream parlor and museum is a wonder to kids of all ages, who can enjoy the musical sounds of the 1908 Welte Orchestrion, which mimics 182 instruments. Indulge in homemade sodas and ice cream specialties. The gift shop features handmade toys, trains, and ice cream items. The Commons playground and kidscommons are right nearby!