Walnut Creek Wedding Venue
301 North San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, California 94598
Clark Gable was on the brink of becoming a major movie star when he came to Heather Farm in 1931 to make the motion picture Sporting Blood. Of course that was during the park’s former life as a horse ranch and racetrack. The actor was so taken with the place he stabled his thoroughbreds there. Today Heather Farm shows little evidence of its equestrian past, but it retains a country-like atmosphere that draws visitors from all around the East Bay.
Tucked behind a hill on the outskirts of Walnut Creek, the 102-acre park is an oasis of shade trees, green grass and flower gardens. Meandering paths connect the picnic and nature areas with the swim center, tennis courts and athletic fields. With groves of trees and meadows separating the facilities from one another, it’s almost as if each site is a park unto itself. And nestled in one of the most picturesque of these spots is Heather Farm Community Center.
Wedding receptions at the center are held in the Lakeside Room overlooking a large pond. One of our favorite features of this venue is its wraparound deck, which extends over the water. Guests who stroll out here are treated to an unobstructed view of ducks and geese swimming between the two large fountains that aerate the man-made lagoon. On the opposite shore, sycamores, oaks and pepper trees shade the extensive lawns and create a protective screen around the center. Some couples are so charmed by the scenery they hold their wedding ceremony on the deck followed by the reception inside.
The pond and fountains are also visible from the Lakeside Room through the wide windows along two walls. Although the hall is spacious, the dark wood interior and coffered ceiling add a coziness to the ambiance. More warmth comes from the fireplace nook, where friends and family can gather to toast the bride and groom. Pretty and unpretentious, the room requires very little decorating for those who want to keep their reception simple. Banquet and round tables, along with folding chairs, are provided with the reservation—the atmosphere, be it casual or elegant, is totally up to you.
And you won’t have to worry about keeping your reception private in the middle of a park. Tall bushes and trees mask the entrance to the Lakeside Room from the rest of the park and the community center is closed to the public while you celebrate the day or night away.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Deck accommodates up to 140; the Lakeside Room holds up to 200 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Lakeside Room accommodates 200 guests.
A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your date. The balance and security deposit are due in full 90 days prior to your event. Rental fees range $50–170/hour depending on room, day and time rented. An additional $75 fee is charged if alcohol is served.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: moderately equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: may be available, extra fee
Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO BBQ
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: pond, trees, garden, park, fountains
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO wine and beer only, permits required;
not allowed at youth events
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no confetti, rice, birdseed, rose petals, aerosol streamers, hay, sand or glitter; security required at all youth events; fountains cannot be guaranteed to function at all times
Year-round: Monday–Thursday, 8am–10pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am–1am; Sunday, 8am–midnight.
Weekend reservations may be made up to 1 year in advance. Weekday evenings may be scheduled on a limited basis depending on availability. Rental hours must include setup and cleanup time.