Social Events

Host your Holiday Party, Birthday Party, Anniversary, Retirement Party, or Client Events in a setting of glamour and elegance at The Ballroom at McKay, downtown Grand Rapids’ premier event venue.

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Social Events


Though known predominantly for its traditional use as a wedding venue, the Ballroom at McKay is also an ideal Grand Rapids event venue for any social event or special occasion that requires an equally special venue. Host your birthday party, baby shower, engagement party, bridal shower, and more at the Ballroom at McKay for a memorable and sophisticated experience right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The history and natural elegance of our downtown Grand Rapids space will create a perfect canvas for whatever your private event may be.

Can the Ballroom at McKay Host My Event, Even If It’s Not a Wedding?

The answer is mostly likely yes! The Ballroom at McKay’s venue space is an ideal canvas for Grand Rapids events like:

  • Birthday parties
  • Quinceañeras
  • Engagement parties
  • Anniversaries
  • Baby showers
  • Bridal showers
  • Proms
  • Galas
  • Banquets
  • Fundraisers
  • Corporate events
  • Social gatherings
  • Holiday parties & more

Our talented catering culinary partners will create a custom catering menu perfectly tailored to the style and mood of your event, providing delicious, bold flavors and a plethora of options. Allow our trained beverage staff to recommend just the perfect pairing with the menu being served.

Wondering what’s included in your rental and what you need to provide for your special social event? View our weddings page to view our venue details.

Why are venues important for social events?

The venue you choose for your event sets the tone for the day. In addition to aesthetics, choosing a professional event venue like The Ballroom at McKay will ensure your event will be executed to your vision. You can take advantage of all the party elements included like décor, staff, and culinary recommendations.

Other benefits of using a professional event venue include the following:

Wow your Guests

When your guests walk into The Ballroom at McKay, they will be wowed by the sculptural elements and décor that make our venue so special. It will automatically add sparkle to your event! It will start the event off on a high note, making all the other plans fall right into place.

We offer a variety of decor options to bring your vision to life. We can also recommend florists to add that special touch to your day.


Because The Ballroom at McKay is located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, it makes the perfect location for your special event! Close to hotels, dining, shopping, and more, there’s no better place for your event than The Ballroom at McKay!

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Venue Capacity

When you choose a professional event venue, you have the capacity for all the guests at your event! If you don’t have enough room, you will either be sharing chairs or sitting elbow to elbow. Ensure you have the space your event needs by renting out the right sized venue.

View our gallery of past social events to see how the space functions as a Grand Rapids private function venue for any special day.

Ballroom at McKay Venue Social Event Space in Grand Rapids

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