There are many types of event venues throughout Orange County, but we love those that are filled with character and originality. Highway 39 Event Center has those qualities in spades. This classic car themed gem is located in Anaheim, and must be seen to be appreciated. It’s perfect for corporate and social events, and even weddings for car enthusiasts. Being a preferred caterer at this unique property has allowed us to be part of some incredibly creative events, and to create menus that match the venue’s style. We’re pleased to present Highway 39 Event Center as our “Venue Spotlight”. Director, Michael Keener shared with us the attributes of the venue, and why it’s your best choice for your next Orange County event. What is the history of your venue? Highway 39 Event Center, created in 2016, is an event venue with a classic car theme, that rents its space out for nearly any type of social, family or corporate get together. The beautiful collection of cars, trucks, gas pumps, neon signs and scooters from the 40s, 50s and 60s create a stunning backdrop and add a type of elegance that other venues just can’t. All of the items on display in this museum-quality collection are owned by one Orange County gentleman and are in fine working order.

Our venue is really a one-stop shop.  We have our own liquor license and a full bar.  We also have our own photo booth, tables and chairs, AV equipment with big screen, state of the art sound system, commercial kitchen, etc.  We have a list of reputable vendors who we work with on a constant basis who provide a variety of services: bakery, entertainment, hair and makeup, floral, rentals etc.

How many guests can you accommodate? For a sit-down dinner, we can easily and comfortably seat 20-300 guests. For a cocktail-style reception, school dance, trade show or something similar, we can easily accommodate up to 700 guests. Do you provide in-house catering? We do not provide in-house catering, but we do have a list of preferred vendors who we highly recommend and have been working with for years. Summit Event Catering does so happen to be one of them.

Is parking provided on site? We have ample free parking in our own lot and lots adjacent to our building. We also have easy bus and semi trailer access. Do you book more than one event per day? How will that affect my event? Due to only having one event space in our building, we do not book more than one event during the same time period on the same day. On occasion, we may have an event early in the day and another one in the evening, with plenty of time in between the two so as not to overlap tear down and set up times. Careful planning between us and our clients is always important during these rare occasions. What is your favorite feature of your venue? When guests get a first glimpse of our space – the deep inhalation of breath, followed by the “oh my goodness.” It happens at every event and it never gets old hearing it. It’s the cars and the neons that get them every time.

Give us the top three reasons why couples should book your venue for their wedding/reception: 1. Our space requires no additional decoration – our car collection and neons take care of that. 2. Our staff and management are outstanding: friendly, kind and helpful. Clients and their guests are treated like family. 3. We do our best to work within your budget and strive to make sure that your most important day becomes an amazing memory. Thank you for sharing your venue with us Michael. It’s been our pleasure to work with you and your amazing staff, and we’re proud to feature you in our Venue Spotlight as one of Orange County’s most exciting event venues.