For the past 25 years, Darden has been welcoming professionals from around the world to gather, network, learn, innovate and grow in one of America’s premier learning environments. Today, we invite you and your organization to join us for your next meeting or event. Our array of flexible spaces make Darden the perfect destination for conferences, board retreats, planning sessions and social events. For more information on events or our day meeting package, please email or call our group sales team at 434-297-6477. Download our event planning PDF here.
Meetings & EventsCharlottesville's Most Unique Venues and Experiences
Darden's FEatured meeting and event spaces
Welcome to the South Lounge, a remarkable Jeffersonian space inside Saunders Hall. Its bright and open floor-plan allows for a number of configurations based on event requirements. Conference clients enjoy utilizing the existing soft seating for convivial meetings and small group sessions during the day, then transforming the space in the evening for dinner. The grandeur of the South Lounge is also perfect for special events including dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, cocktail parties and dancing. When used in conjunction with the adjoining Pepsico Forum, guests move between the two spaces creating a harmonious flow of events.
SOUTH LOUNGE BY THE NUMBERS
Book the Abbott Center Auditorium for your next meeting or special event and take advantage of state-of-the-art audio/visual and seating for 470. Darden's Abbott Center Auditorium is one of the most technologically advanced meeting facilities in Central Virginia with a lobby area that is excellent for pre-function assembly, receptions, and performances. We host such events as Guest Speakers and Lecturers, classes, general assemblies, performances, plays, musicals, and private screenings.
Hold your meeting in a world-class environment where the best and brightest come to teach and learn. Darden Classrooms feature tiered seating with 180-degree speaker views. All classrooms are audio/visual equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the large-capacity classrooms, 31 "Learning Team" spaces are perfect for break out sessions. Click here to take a virtual tour of our classrooms.
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