Berkeley Wedding Venue
Tilden Park (operated by East Bay Regional Parks)
Berkeley, California 94708
Due to a cancellation, Saturday evening September 19, 2015 is now open at the Brazilian Room. That date won’t be available for long, so call or email ASAP to reserve it!
High in the hills of North Berkeley lies Tilden Park, popularly considered “the Jewel of the East Bay.” Hiking trails with names like Seaview or Skyline wind past creeks, mineral springs, and sylvan meadows, up to the sweeping panorama offered at Inspiration Point. Just about every vista in Tilden Park is inspirational. Encompassing the Tilden Nature Area, most of the park’s 2,077 acres serve as tranquil shelters for native plants and wildlife. Rangers here are serious about preserving this magnificent habitat—they even close one of their roads seasonally to protect migrating newts—and the result is a cornucopia of natural beauty. Visitors also enjoy the abundance of recreational activities, including steam trains, a golf course, and an antique merry-go-round. For generations of Bay Area residents, outings to Tilden Park have been part of a happy tradition, beginning with a youngster’s first pony ride and perhaps culminating in a wedding ceremony at the historic Brazilian Room.
Once part of the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island, the Brazilian Room was presented as a gift to the East Bay Regional Park District by the country of Brazil. The original interior hardwood paneling was kept intact, while a new exterior of local rock and timber was constructed by the Works Project Administration to permanently house the room.
To reach the Brazilian Room, follow Grizzly Peak Boulevard to Wildcat Canyon Road, and behold a cascading glen dotted with thick stands of fragrant pine, oak, and eucalyptus. Add to this scene a building of remarkable architectural achievement with its own beautiful garden, and you have a striking location for any celebration.
Wedding ceremonies are extremely popular on the flagstone patio, with its dramatic panorama of sloping lawn and tree-studded hillsides. After toasting the newlyweds, guests can sip their champagne among the colorful mix of lavendar, foxglove, breath of heaven, and other flowers that make up the small garden adjoining the patio, or sample hors d’oeuvres under the cherry tree, abloom in April with perfumey-pink blossoms.
The setting at the Brazilian Room is just as lovely indoors as out. The building’s Old English-style façade is defined by a trio of leaded-glass doors, each with dormer-style threshold. When guests move inside for the reception, they’ll find that floor-to-ceiling leaded-glass windows that run along both sides of the hall. The rear windows offer a close-up look at the forest, evoking the romance of a light-filled mountain cabin. Dark wooden beams create a novel pattern on the ceiling, and polished wood flooring and a huge stone fireplace give the space additional rustic charm.
The serene pastoral surroundings at the Brazilian Room offer an environment free from noise and distraction, where nature’s gifts are honored and preserved and the modern world is in harmony with the building’s heritage. It’s a place you’ll want to make part of your own family tradition.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The patio holds 180 seated; the main room up to 150 seated or 225 standing.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The main room holds 150 seated or 225 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The main room accommodates 150 seated conference-style or 225 seated theater-style.
A deposit is required to secure your date ($300 for a 7-hour block or $600 for a 12-hour block). A third of this deposit is refundable with more than 120 days’ notice of cancellation. A signed contract is required within 7 days after the initial deposit, and the rental fee balance and cleaning & damage deposits are due 120 days prior to the event date. For events reserved fewer than 120 days in advance, the entire rental balance and all deposits are due when the contract is signed.
Weekend rates for Friday night, Saturday, Sunday and holidays (min. 7 hours) range $1,900–3,900 depending on the day and time frame reserved. Weekday rates range $350–750 depending on the day and length of time rented. The seasonal Sunday rate November through March is $1,900 for a 7-hour block between 9am and midnight; each additional hour is $250. For nonresidents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, there is a surcharge that equals 20% of the room rental fee. Optional services are available at an extra charge.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: ample
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: PA, projector and screen, microphones, extra fee
Parking: complimentary lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: yes
View: great views of Tilden Park with lots of trees and relative privacy
Other: fireplace available, extra fee; wireless access available
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BYO; wine, beer or champagne only, kegs of beer restricted to patio and kitchen
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors, outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: extra liability is required
Other: decorations restricted
Choose From List
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9am–4pm or 5pm–midnight; Friday evening 5pm–midnight; Friday day 8am–4pm; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am–midnight; Sunday, November through March, 9am–midnight.