• Overview
  • History
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  • Map & Directions

The Grand Event Center is designed to provide you with the finest in facilities, catering and services. Our historic building is over 100 years old, and makes a memorable first impression due to its striking and stylish character.  The Grand has recently been restored to resemble the original swank auditorium that it was in the early 1900’s.  To find out more about the history of the Grand, please go to Our History Page.

We have given special attention to see that each room and area within The Grand is all that you would expect in a beautiful reception and meeting hall. Tucked below the balcony, the lower level offers perfect intimacy for smaller groups.

Our large ornate stage, equipped with a complete sound system, is ideal for music groups and other presentations. Please note the maximum seating capacity is 300 and yes, we are handicap accessible. 

It is our goal at The Grand Event Center to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. We eagerly anticipate serving you in the very near future. Should you have any questions, or if you would like to tour our facility, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-507-663-1773

December 26, 1899
First opens as The Ware Auditorium, offering opera and theatre

1904
The first talking pictures are demonstrated

February 5, 1917
The building changes it’s name from Ware Auditorium to The Grand Theatre

June 21, 1929
Vitaphone and Moviephone equipment are installed for more advanced talking pictures

1947
A wide screen is installed

June 30, 1985
After 84 years. The Grand shows its last movie

1989
The Grand is remodeled to become a fine restaurant

2001
The Grand Event Center is open for hosting wedding receptions, reunions, parties, concerts, and special events. Call Today 1-507-663-1773

Three years straight... 2009, 2010, 2011 ...
...as a national winner of The Knot's "Best of Weddings" Award
 
Award from theKnot
 
Knot best 2009   Knot best 2010

We are pleased to introduce you to Southern Minnesota’s premier location for hosting and entertaining.  The Grand Event Center is designed to provide you with the finest in facilities, catering and services. 

Our historic building makes a memorable first impression with its striking and stylish character.  Over 100 years old, The Grand Theatre has been restored to resemble the original swank opera house that it was in the early 1900s.

We have given special attention to see that each room and area within The Grand is all you would expect in a beautiful reception and meeting hall.  Tucked below the balcony, the lower level offers perfect intimacy for smaller groups.  Our large ornate stage, equipped with a complete sound system, is ideal for music groups and other presentations.  Maximum seating capacity is 300 and we are handicap accessible.

It is our goal at The Grand Event Center to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.  We have been hosting events here since 2001, and eagerly anticipate being of service to you in the very near future.  Should you have any questions, or if you would like to tour our facility, please do not hesitate to call us at 507-663-1773 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Grand Event Center
316 Washington Street
Northfield, Minnesota
507-663-1773

Use Google Maps to find us. 

Directions from the North
Take 35W South to exit 69/Hwy 19 Proceed approximately 7 miles East to first stoplight (Hwy 3). Continue across river to third stop sign. Turn left ontoWashington St. We are 1 block on the corner of 4th andWashington.

Directions from the South
Take 35W North to exit 69/Hwy 19 Proceed approximately 7 miles East to first stoplight (Hwy 3). Continue across river to third stop sign. Turn left ontoWashington St. We are 1 block on the corner of 4th &Washington.

From the East
Take Hwy 19W to first stop sign. Proceed to next stop sign. Turn left. We are at the top of the hill.

From the West
Take Hwy 19 East intoNorthfield to first stoplight (Hwy 3). Continue across river to third stop sign. Turn left ontoWashington St. We are 1 block on the corner of 4th & Washington.