Event Rental

Meeting Space

Watershed is available for meetings of up to about 45 persons in our main lounge space. Generally we do not ask a particular hourly rate for a single meeting, preferring instead to support our community. So ask us and the answer is likely to be yes!

If your group needs a meeting space in an ongoing way, make us an offer, it’s probably acceptable.

Event Space

I am here to dash your hopes.

  • Event rental at Watershed IS possible.
    • Too often, people bring their ideas for events and are dismayed to realize how expensive it is to produce an event from the ground up.
  • Turning a warehouse into a venue is YOUR work
    • We provide you with a space which you can turn into a venue – but you should plan for three people to work solidly for an hour to move, vacuum, and prepare the space for any large event.
  • Permitting Rules:
    • Producing an event in a space that is not already a venue requires a special event permit for events larger than 93 persons.
    • If the event expects more than 301 persons, the OLCC requires special event insurance, for which $550 is a good price.
    • Events which sell alcohol must have OLCC card holders to serve – but that’s not the expensive part.
    • The expensive part is stocking a bar and food compliance.
      • Some people handle food compliance by inviting a food cart or similar –
        • Food carts often have a minimum sales amount which you must match for them to serve.
  • Costs
    • Special Event Permit (Fire Marshal’s office) – $200
    • Alcohol (OLCC) – $50
    • Office of Neighborhood Involvement – $35
    • Stocking a bar: $400 – $1000
    • Food Compliance: $600 minimum sales
    • Sound – $300
    • Lights – $200
    • Venue Rental: $600 for Saturdays, $400 for Fridays
    • It can easily cost $2000 simply to open the doors.
  • No Host Bar
    • Events that do not charge can be under the ‘no host bar’ rules, for example allowing outside alcohol and not requiring a bar, and not being limited by the 2:30 OLCC cutoff times.
    • However you cannot take money for your event, and you may not even have a tip jar at your bar. 
    • A no-host bar does not necessarily provide alcohol, however any alcohol provided must be provided to any adult without discrimination.
      • You are still responsible for making sure that people are not excessively inebriated.
      • You are still responsible for making sure that minors do not drink, if they are allowed.


If you do want to go ahead with a special event, contact us around 90 days in advance – doing so with less time than that makes us begin the process with a skeptical eye.

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