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Venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
(215) 790-5855

About Us

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a historic city wedding venue located in Philadelphia. As an elegant and sophisticated establishment, the venue believes that a wedding is a performance. In their eyes, you are the producers and lead actors! At Kimmel Center, guests will never forget the majestic architecture and traditional elegance of the venue.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples are welcome to host up to 400 people at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The 1857 Academy of Music Ballroom features hand-gilded walls, twinkling chandeliers and decorative backdrops. The scenic view of the Avenue of the Arts will blow your guests away. On the top floor, the Hamilton Rooftop Garden offers 6,200 square feet of hardwood maple floors, complete with skyline views. The Commonweatlh Plaza is a multi-tiered lobby that can accommodate up to 1,250 guests. For something totally unique, The Perelman Theater can be used for a cocktail reception and dinner. The seats and stage can be adjusted to suit your needs and vision.

Services Offered

This city wedding venue offers a range of professional services to help your day run smoothly. Couples can choose from:

  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • In-house catering
  • Lighting and sound
  • Chairs and tables
  • Linens


Garces Catering is the exclusive caterer at Kimmel Center. Led by Chef Jose Garces, the culinary team will create a menu that is personalized to your taste and style. They can provide a range of meal items, from a handmade mozzarella bar to French macarons. Dietary requests can be accommodated for kosher, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-sensitive guests. Additional catering and bartending services include:

  • Cake
  • Bartenders
  • Open bar
  • Butlers
  • Linens
  • Chairs and tables
  • Glassware
  • Flatware

Other Facilities

Kimmel Center has a Lounge with an outdoor balcony and scenic city views. They also have a parking garage with wheelchair accessible spots.

Other Services

The city wedding venue can host a range of wedding-related occasions. These events include:

  • Engagement party
  • Bridal shower
  • Ceremony
  • Reception


In 1996, two projects began to merge and form the Kimmel Center. The Philadelphia Orchestra had an ongoing plan to build their own establishment, while the mayor at the time, Mayor Edward G. Rendell, had plans to provide a venue for the city’s performing arts companies and touring artists. The two projects were combined under the management of Regional Performing Arts Center. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has been hosting weddings since 2001.


The historic wedding venue is conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia, just three minutes from Philadelphia City Hall. It is 10 minutes from the Liberty Bell and 19 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport.


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  • We absolutely fell in love with the Kimmel Center. We'd been to so many shows there, but the Hamilton Garden was truly something special. The space is gorgeous: beautiful architecture, amazing natural light!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 500.00

    Describe your venue

    Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Restaurant, Rooftop

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    All Inclusive Packages, Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Wine

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Dance Floor, Furniture, Lighting, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Valet

    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, June, September, October, November, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, July, August

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