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Reserving the BRB

The Big Red Barn can be reserved for private events. Saturday and Sunday during the academic year the Big Red Barn is open for reservations only. During fall, winter, and spring breaks, reservations will be made on an exception basis only. All events over breaks MUST use Cornell Catering.

The Big Red Barn Rate Card


Whole building

Any other space*

Graduate & Professional Student Organizations & Departments
  • Events that are open to all graduate and professional students with no charge



  • Events for graduate and professional students, but open only to a particular group



All Other Cornell Organizations and Departments



Private Parties (non-Cornell funded)

$600 (rate for events after 1/1/2018 is $750)

$450 (rate after 1/1/2018 is $600)

Corporate Events

$750 (rate after 1/1/2018 is $1000)

$500 (rate after 1/1/2018 is $750)

URN GARDEN additional $300 charge with whole building reservation



Rates are as of July 1, 2015. All rates are for 3 hours or more, including set up and cleanup time. 

*Other spaces available for rent include:

  • Main room with fireplace and mezzanine above
  • Smaller room in rear with windows on both sides – only access to patio
  • Outdoor BBQ, patio or urn garden


  • Full capacity is 165pp inside – 250pp w/ patio & BBQ
  • For a sit-down dinner: 100pp; 75 – 80pp with a dance floor
  • For a buffet dinner: 120 pp; 100pp  with a dance floor
  • Patio is 600 sq. ft. – Tables and chairs allow 40pp; Chairs only – 85pp; Standing – 120pp

Additional Information

  • There is a $20 flat fee for use of A/V equipment
  • Tent for Patio measures 20′ X 30′
  • No tents are allowed in the Urn Garden


To reserve the Big Red Barn, check our Reservation Calendar to be sure there isn’t an event already scheduled, then use our online reservations form to reserve.

Download the Rental Rates (PDF).