Loring Community Arts Center
1382 Willow St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Customer Service

Phone: 612-230-6400



Rental Availability


  • 9 am-noon
  • noon-3 pm
  • 3-6 pm
  • 6-9 pm
  • 3 pm-midnight (Reception or Reception & Ceremony only)

Loring Community Arts Center

Part of: Loring Park

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With spectacular views overlooking Loring Pond, Loring Community Arts Center is the ideal place for weddings, receptions, private and corporate events. Renovated in 2003, the building is accessible to all and is available for rental year-round.

Features & Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Chairs
  • Exposed Beams
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Hardwood Floor
  • Tables
  • Vaulted Ceiling

Loring Park Venue Information [PDF]

Good to Know

12 windows allow for ample natural light

Available for rental year-round

Ceremony may be held indoors or outdoors

Chairs and tables included in facility rate

Indoor facility guarantees protection from all types of weather

Option to hold ceremony and reception

Parking fees are not included in the cost of a wedding permit

Events at Loring Community Arts Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my booked time included set up and take down?

Yes, all set up and take down must be completed in the time booked.

Is there a kitchen available?

No, there is no kitchen available.

Can I set up a tent/canopy?

No, there are no tents or canopies allowed for setup.

Can I have a tour/rehearsal?

Yes, please contact the Event Venue Coordinator. Rehearsals not guaranteed.

Can I serve alcohol?

Yes, all alcohol must be contracted through a MPRB approved caterer. A Police Officer must be hired to be on-site during the time of serving alcohol, plus one hour after closing.

Can I serve food?

Yes, all food services must be contracted through a MPRB approved caterer.

Are tables and chairs included?

Yes, supplies are based on fire code capacity. Rental of additional items are available through MPRB approved caterers and party rentals. (This is not included in the MPRB fees)

Do I have access to electricity?

Yes, only inside facility.

Is parking available?

Off-site street parking only – spaces not guaranteed.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are not allowed inside the facility (except for service dogs).

Can I decorate?

Yes – Note, flame candles must be in a votive. No balloons, tape, tacks, nails or any items that may impact the facility.

Can I change the date/time of my permit once approved?

Yes, if application has been approved and location booked, change in date and time is subject to additional fees. Change in date and time requires at least 30 days notice from date of original event.

What type of fees can I expect for a permit?

Fees vary depending on event: Facility Rental Fee, Service Fee, Ceremony Fee, Damage Deposit Fee, Police Office Fee, Administrative Fee (permit changes/modifications).

If application is approved, when is payment due?

Facility Rental Fee and Damage Deposit is required at time of application approval. If applicable, Ceremony and Police Officer Fee required sixty days (60) prior to event date.

Can I have a ceremony?

Yes, additional fee(s) may be applied.

What is the cancellations/refund policy?

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board has a “No Refunds Policy”.

Permit Application

You will need to apply for a permit to reserve this location for your indoor wedding, reception or other event. We accept applications up to 12 months in advance on a first paid, first served basis.

Permit Application Process

  1. Download and review the appropriate application: Wedding Ceremony Application [PDF] Receptions & Events Application [PDF]
  2. Complete and submit your permit
    Mail or In Person:
    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
    Wedding Permits
    2117 West River Road N
    Minneapolis, MN 55411Fax: 612-230-6504
  3. If available, we will reserve the site for your preferred date and time
  4. We will contact you to discuss your application and to arrange payment
  5. Upon receipt of payment we will issue your permit



$525 plus tax (Three-Hour Permit)


$500 plus tax

Ceremony & Reception

$650 plus tax

Ceremony Setup Options

  • Chairs (included in rate)
  • Tables (included in rate)
Floor Plan [PDF]

Preferred Vendors

Other wedding extras are available to rent for an additional fee through our preferred party rental vendors.


Contact: Audra Magel
Phone: 763-682-4846


Contact: Karla Vitez
Phone: 952-903-4241

Linen Effects

Contact: Emily James or Russ Mohr
Phone: 612-355-2500


Ceremony Guidelines

  • Ceremony Permits are required and issued for either three or six hours, including setup, rehearsal, photos, etc.
  • Ceremony Permits guarantee that no other ceremony or event is scheduled at the same time in the same location. A permit does not guarantee exclusive use of a park area for a private event. Other park visitors may still use the park, but are usually considerate of permit holders’ needs and move out of the immediate area. On-site event attendants assist.
  • Battery powered amplification systems are allowed only in specified areas (no electricity available). Amplification systems are limited to microphones, CDs and iPod/MP3 players. Permit holders must rent amplification equipment from one of our preferred vendors.
  • We only allow chairs in specified areas. Permit holders must rent chairs from one of our preferred vendors.
  • Flowers or any other vegetation may not be moved, cut or removed from any park in the Minneapolis Park System. (Park Board Ordinance 2.2).
  • Littering is not permitted. Rice, confetti or birdseed is not permitted. Any flower boxes or other rubbish must be disposed of properly by the permit holder. Frequently, there are numerous weddings scheduled consecutively at the same park area in one day. Clean up should not be left to the next group, neighborhood residents or the park keeper.
  • Tents or canopies are allowed only in specified areas, and require a six-hour permit. Permit holders must rent tents or canopies from one of our preferred vendors.
  • We allow held chuppahs or chuppahs that rest on the ground surface. We do not allow staking or pounding due to potential damage to underground security, electric and irrigation systems.
  • Alcohol is not permitted. Ceremonies which normally use wine must substitute with a non-alcoholic beverage.

The Great Room measures 30 x 40 feet and seats approximately 100 guests theater style or 80 guests in round tables of 10.

Setup Options

  • Chairs (included in rate)
  • Tables (included in rate)
Floor Plan [PDF]

Approved Caterers

Various menu options and event services available for an additional fee through our approved caterers.