From cultural performances and galas in the ballroom to networking mixers in the foyer and meetings and workshops in the classrooms, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is the perfect location to showcase your next event and create a memorable guest experience.
The center is designed as a multi-use facility and can accommodate a wide variety of events. The AARC includes venues such as the Grand Ballroom which can accommodate 300 for a seated dinner, a full commercial kitchen, the spacious Great Lawn for outdoor festivals and events, a foyer for receptions and mixers, five classrooms and a conference room equipped with a smart board to increase meeting productivity.
The AARC looks forward to hosting your next event and the staff is committed to creating a wonderful experience for you and your guests.
The AARC is available for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor rentals including community events, non-profit events, business events, meetings, lectures, classes, banquets, and more. Priority will be given to events that support the AARC mission. Events that do not support the AARC mission will be given consideration 90 days prior to the rental date if the desired space is available.
The AARC does not rent space for life, family or personal events such as weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, family reunions and social gatherings. This allows more space availability for community organized events.
When can events be held at the AARC?
Events can be scheduled between the hours of 7am -11pm Monday - Sunday. Cleanup may not extend past 12pm midnight.
What are the rental charges and what is included?
All fees are assessed in accordance with the current City of Austin Fee Schedule. Fees will be calculated based on the minimum two, three or four-hour-block rental for the space(s) rented, additional hour(s) fees, and additional hour staff and utilities fees for time rented outside of business hours. In addition to the rental fees, a reservation deposit (converts to damage and cleanup deposit) may be required at the time of the reservation.
Resident/non-profit and non-resident fees are on the fee schedule. Non-resident fees are for commercial activities/events or non-City of Austin residents.
Are there any spaces available at no-charge?
The AARC has two community rooms which are offered free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each of the two community rooms has specific guidelines for use of the rooms. These rooms are public spaces and cannot be rented or reserved for programs that charge a fee, reserved more than 90 days in advance or scheduled for sequential events.
How do I reserve a date?
Facility reservations are first-come, first-served and may be made up to a year in advance. Potential renters should complete the Facility Rental Request to begin the process. Once your event has been approved, the reservation agreement must be signed and any applicable reservation deposits paid.