Historic architecture and panoramic views of the bay—San Francisco Art Institute is a stunning backdrop for receptions, wedding celebrations, photography shoots, film screenings, and other special events.
SFAI is nestled in San Francisco’s historic Russian Hill, adjacent to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. A striking combination of Mediterranean-style architecture and Corbusian concrete, SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus is comprised of multiple tiers, and a variety of spaces and facilities.
For a comprehensive overview of venue rental options, download the
Venue Rentals brochure.
SFAI offers indoor and outdoor spaces on our historic Chestnut Street Campus. This includes the
Zellerbach Quad, SFAI Café, Roof Terrace, Courtyard, and a variety of studios and meeting
SFAI welcomes weddings, private parties, corporate functions, meetings, lectures, film
screenings, and more. We do not host political events or events for minors (such as proms).
Promotional events and fundraisers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All art displays or
performances must be pre-approved by SFAI.
Facility rentals are primarily available on weekends. Please contact us to check the availability of
Availability varies depending on season. We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance,
especially for larger events. Please contact us for more information regarding our calendar.
Our campus is located in a residential area, and we require that all events end by 10 pm out of
respect for our neighbors. Music must stop by 9 pm, and the last load must be out by 10 pm.
All permits are the responsibility of the renter. Tents larger than 20 x 20 feet require a permit, as
does any open flame or heating element. You can obtain these permits from SFFD Administration
Office on Second and Townsend Streets in San Francisco.
Even on sunny days, it can be chilly in San Francisco. All of our outdoor spaces can be tented
and heated with the appropriate permits. You might also consider renting an indoor space, such
as the SFAI Café, which offers beautiful views without the worry of rain and wind.
SFAI does not provide alcoholic beverages. All liquor must be served by a caterer or other
licensed and insured provider.
SFAI has two private parking lots that are available to rent. Street parking in the area is 2 hour
permit from 8 am–9 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Only wedding packages come with overnight storage included. For all other rentals, storage can
be arranged for an additional fee.
Our galleries are open to the public and we welcome visitors. We do not rent out our gallery
space, but you can arrange to have it open outside of the normal hours of operation for special
Event monitors are required for all events at SFAI. The event monitor is a member of our facilities
staff who will stay for the duration of the event and perform specific house management
functions, such as maintaining the restroom paper supplies, and ensuring security and rental
regulations are enforced.
Only SFAI Café rentals come with tables and chairs included. We provide approximately 15
tables and 79 chairs.
The user is responsible for all clean up. All trash must be properly disposed of and decorations
removed by the end of the event.
The SFAI Café features a full kitchen that can be rented in addition to the dining area. The user
will have the use of the sinks, prep table, counters, stove, and ovens. The user will not have
access to the use of SFAI’s appliances, including refrigeration, ice maker, dishwasher, cookware,