We Are Community Builders and Placemakers


Oakland Venue Management has pioneered a model that combines thoughtful community engagement with proven venue management practices to support Oakland events that attract visitors, increase opportunities for small business owners and promotes the culture in our town.

An essential part of our business model is intentionally creating inclusive solutions for venue operators that speak directly to the unique characteristics of communities in Oakland and East Bay. We work hard to achieve our goals of positive community impact through thoughtful community engagement, partnership, and strategic networking.

As placemaking leaders, we continue to build our relationships with our trade associations, sit on their boards and help drive their vision for the future. The synergy of venue management services, placemaking, and destination marketing is what sets us apart. This macro approach to venue operations, community engagement, and site activation is, in our opinion, the future of sustainable venue management practices.

We are actively seeking clients with special event venues in the East Bay and surrounding areas. Our team will visit your facility to assess and discuss how we can help transform your space and make it an asset to the community.

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking is both a philosophy and a practical process for transforming public spaces. It facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public and private spaces.

What is Venue Management?

Venue management includes activities or duties related to the operations of buildings such as performance theaters, concert halls, sports arenas, conference centers, and hotels.

Think of us as an extension of your team. We are on-site and work in-house to manage your facility and to transform the event experience for your guests and the community. We are here to help manage your venue space from beginning to end.

The Bridge Yard

Your gateway to Oakland history, sweeping waterfront views, and first-class experiences.

Once a maintenance facility for the Bay Area’s ubiquitous street cars, the Bridge Yard is Oakland’s newest event space, with event coordination and management provided by Oakland Venue Management (OVM).

The award-winning restoration of this historic building features panoramic waterfront views of Oakland and San Francisco, an iconic light-filled indoor space, and an outdoor courtyard with a stage, seating and elevated viewing deck.

As the central feature of Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline, the Bridge Yard’s 12,500 square feet of indoor space can accommodate groups of up to 2,500 people.

Are you ready to make magic?