I‘ve worked at Visit Hendricks County for almost 10 years now, and over the years, I've had the opportunity to visit all our wonderful venues. 

We have a wide variety of types to choose from, and I wanted to share some of the places you might not have thought about to host a meeting or event.

1. Avon GardensAvon Gardens wedding bridge

This venue is traditionally thought of as a wedding venue, but people can also hold meetings at this outdoor venue during the warmer months.

Avon Gardens has five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and water features. Your attendees will enjoy doing away with confining walls and getting immersed in the tranquility and peacefulness of nature.

The garden pavilion offers a wonderful spot to hold corporate retreats, meetings and events such as reunions and baby and bridal showers. 

As a bonus, event participants can also enjoy shopping for plants and outdoor accessories during break time!

  • Capacity: 80 classroom style, 250 banquet style 
  • Available: Mid-April through October

2. Avon Wedding & Event Barn

Another venue people typically think about only as a wedding venue is the Avon Wedding & Event Barn. But that shouldn't be the case. They even have ‘event’ in the name of their venue!

Rich in history with roots dating back over 100 years, this climate-controlled barn offers a one-of-a-kind event facility complete with country charm and modern conveniences.

  • Capacity: 225 banquet style 
  • Available: Mid-March through December

3. Kennedy EstateKennedy Estate

This 5,000-square-foot barn conveniently located off I-74 and Ind. 39 in Lizton provides a blank slate offering outdoor activity options in addition to the impressive barn.

Kennedy Estate, formerly The Barn at Kennedy Farm, is a rustic, yet fully modern venue to hold any type of special event. They have hosted everything from elegant, low key, rustic and DIY to party-into-the-night kinds of events.

  • Capacity: 250 banquet style 
  • Available: March through December

4. Blanton House

The Blanton House is an elegant Georgian Colonial Style mansion set on 73 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds a few minutes from historic downtown Danville.

The house itself offers several rooms for different size meetings from 5 people and up.  For a larger event, the outdoor courtyard and canopy is a beautiful setting for any type of meeting or celebration.

  • Capacity: 250 banquet style (outdoors) 
  • Available: April through October with outdoor courtyard, November through March for smaller groups indoors.

5. Cartlidge BarnCartlidge Barn

This historic barn, preserved on the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds property after a local movement helped pay for it to be disassembled, moved and reassembled, has become a popular spot for special events. 

Despite having modern conveniences such as working electricity, the barn has maintained its rustic charm.

  • Capacity: 100 inside, 250 with pavilion 
  • Available:  April through October.

6. Lizton Lodge

This 22,000-square-foot, 25-room, 100-acre estate features elaborate woodwork and beautiful secluded grounds as the newest venue in Hendricks County.

Lizton Lodge opened in 2019 and offers the ability to entertain up to 200 guests in luxurious surroundings. There are numerous indoor and outdoor options for a corporate event, meeting or retreat at this former residence.

  • Capacity:  200 banquet style 
  • Available:  Year-round

7. Washington Township Park Pavilion CenterWashington Twp Park Pavilion

The Pavilion Center offers the perfect setting for business meetings, conferences, family reunions and more. This facility has both indoor and outdoor options.

The striking Pavilion Center provides a lodge type feel with exposed wood and ceilings that soar within a multi-functional space.

The back of the facility opens to an outdoor covered patio overlooking a pond that adds to its ambiance and beauty.

  • Capacity:  300 banquet style
  • Available:  Year-round

Even though I haven’t personally attended or held events in all these locations, I’ve met the people who work in them who are amazing and want to make your event the best it can be. 

Learn more about how we can help you find the perfect spot for your next meeting, reunion or event. We can even help with your hotel room block and free welcome bags if your guests are staying overnight!