Gainesville Civic Center

Civic Center Entrance

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The Gainesville Civic Center is currently closed through mid-March for renovations.  We are taking reservations for future rentals.

The Gainesville Civic Center is conveniently located in downtown Gainesville just 50 miles north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

This first-class facility offers a variety of rooms perfect for social, business and commercial events. The Grand Ballroom evokes an elegant charm ideal for receptions, large banquets and meetings. Our variety of smaller meeting rooms are perfect for everything from sales meetings and workshops to social and civic events.

Important Note on Reduced Capacities

Due to social distancing guidelines, room capacities listed have changed. Staff will work with you to plan your event accordingly. 

Room Information and Pricing

Room8 Hour Fees
Week Day /Weekend
Theater CapacityBanquet CapacityClassroom
Sidney Lanier$250/$2752,05015010466
Board$100700Table Seating 14

Important Information

Rates Include

Tables, chair, set-up, and use of audio-visual equipment. Additional services available for fee.

Damage Deposit

Damage deposits are required and fees vary depending on the room rental.

Commercial and Non-Profit Rates

Contact us for commercial and non-profit rates.

Self Catering and Caterers

Self-catering is allowed. Additional fees apply. However, only Approved Caterers are allowed access to the catering kitchen.


Alcohol is only allowed if using one of our Approved Beverage Caterers. Additional fees apply.


Depending on the size and nature of your event, security may be required at a rate of $40 per hour.

The facility closes at 11:30pm.

Know Before You Go

  • We will be following social distancing in all set-ups for rentals at Civic Center, Fair Street Neighborhood Center, and Martha Hope Cabin. This means we have reduced the number of people allowed in each room for banquet style, classroom style and theatre style.
  • We will have sanitizing procedures in place before and after each rental.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at all locations.
  • Our staff will work with you to make your event as successful as possible and assist you with finding the right room and set-up to accommodate your needs in conjunction with social distancing.