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 has two campuses, both overlooking the San Francisco Bay and offering a variety of spaces and facilities.
SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus 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 spaces.
SFAI—Fort Mason Campus is located right on the bay overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge within Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the site is comprised of large, bright gallery spaces, private studios, and meeting rooms with full views of the bay.
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 in Russian Hill, and indoor spaces on the San Francisco Bay at our Fort Mason Campus.
Available Chestnut Street Campus spaces include the Zellerbach Quad, SFAI Café, Roof Terrace, Courtyard, and a variety of studios and meeting rooms. Available Fort Mason Campus spaces include the Main Gallery, Atrium, Scully Gray Box Gallery, studios and waterfront seminar rooms.
Please inquire or see our venue rentals brochure for a full list of available spaces.
SFAI welcomes weddings, private parties, conferences, 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 and during the summer months. Please contact us to check the availability of specific dates.
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. For outdoor events on our Chestnut Street Campus, 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—Fort Mason Campus visitors have access to Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture's paid parking lot.
SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus 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 at SFAI—Chestnut Street Campus, but you can arrange to have it open outside of the normal hours of operation for special events.
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,