Heather Farm Community Center 301 North San Carlos Drive • Walnut Creek • CA 94598


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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. This spacious venue is enhanced by a coffered ceiling, and warmed by 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.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $210/event and up
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of day
    • Space reserved
    • Non-profit/military status

  • Lakeside Room & Deck
    Saturday | starts at $1,530 | 6-hour rental
    Friday evening & Sunday | starts at $975 | 5-hour rental
    Weekdays | starts at $300 | 2-hour rental

    Club Room | starts at $210 | 2-hour rental

    Rental times above are minimums; additional time is available at an hourly rate. A $100 fee is charged if alcohol is served.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 100
Cocktails, etc. Standing 200 0
Reception Seated 200 0
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Deck accommodates up to 100 guests; the Lakeside Room holds up to 200.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Lakeside Room can accommodate 200 guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info







Beer, wine, and champagne only. No hard spirits.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round. Monday–Thursday, 8am–10pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am–midnight; Sunday, 8am–11pm.

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.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Community Center / Civic Building
  • Garden
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Park

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: moderately equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver: BYO, or through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Area: may be available, extra fee
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided, extra fee
Parking: ample on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO BBQ
Cleanup: caterer or renter
View: pond, trees, garden, park, fountains
Other: WiFi available


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: BYO wine and beer only, permits required; not permitted when guest of honor is under the age of 21
Smoking: outside parking areas only
Music: amplified OK, indoors only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: may be required
Other: no confetti, rice, birdseed, rose petals, aerosol streamers, hay, sand or glitter; security required when guest of honor is under the age of 21; fountains cannot be guaranteed to function at all times


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