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Host your family, friends, church, or business in the heart of the city. Overton Park has multiple options to make your event memorable. Descriptions of venues and fee schedules are below.

Open area picnic tables are available during the day, free, first-come first-served, for groups under 25.

East Parkway Pavilion

The park’s largest covered structure, the historic East Parkway Pavilion can hold 100+ and is adjacent to a large playground and picnic areas, ample shaded green space, public access restrooms, water fountain, and the Old Forest State Natural Area. This is the perfect location for large family reunions (over 50 people), church groups, and company picnics. Seating installed; no tables provided. Electricity available for a fee; no water available. Maximum 200 attendees for private events. Base price $300/all day rental.

Rainbow Lake Pavilion

This smaller pavilion holds about 40 people and contains picnic tables and public access restrooms. It is adjacent to ample open greenspace, water fountain, the Old Forest State Natural Area, and Rainbow Lake Playground, a unique playscape in Memphis, making it a great location for a child’s birthday party or small family reunion or company picnic. Seating/picnic tables installed. Electricity available for a fee; water valve available. Maximum 50 attendees for private events. Base price $200/all day rental.

Formal gardens

This landscaped area is covered with beautiful, white-blossomed crape myrtle trees and is a lovely setting for an intimate wedding or formal gathering. Tents can be set up on the grounds for weather protection (staking prohibited). No seating or tables provided. No electricity available; water valve available. Maximum 200 attendees for private events. Base price $500/all day rental. Available for rental when there are no conflicting events in the park.


Overton Park’s signature open space, the Greensward is bordered by Veterans Plaza to the west, Rainbow Lake to the east, and Rainbow Lake Playground to the southeast. It is ideal for open-air public special events that require space for booths, stages, recreation, and higher attendance. Rainbow Lake Pavilion included in rental. Maximum 500 attendees for public events. (Events with larger attendance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.) Base price $2,000/all day rental.

Veterans Plaza

This area to the east of the Formal Gardens and west of the Greensward honors America’s veterans. It is reserved for official military functions only, at no cost.


Host your fundraising walk or run at Overton Park! Our Old Forest Paved Trail is perfect for smaller races, and we will work with you to develop a route to fit your needs. Rental of both the Old Forest Paved Trail and pavilion is required as part of all walk/run events – see fee schedule below.

Overton Park golf clubhouse

Host your evening or weekend event at the newly renovated Abe Goodman Golf Clubhouse! Capacity is 40 people seated or 75 standing. Rentals for the clubhouse are reserved through Party Memphis. To inquire about renting the clubhouse, click here.

Event Details and Fees

  • Event Type/Attendance
    • PRIVATE EVENT/MAX 200 ATTENDEES: Invitation only (e.g. birthday party), not advertised
    • PUBLIC EVENT/MAX 500 ATTENDEES (larger events will be considered on a case-by-case basis): Open to general public (e.g. festival) OR registered attendance (e.g. 5K run), publicly advertised
  • Event Venues (Venues other than the Greensward will be considered for public events on a case-by-case basis depending on expected number of attendees, proposed run of show, etc. Fill out Public Event Form to inquire.)
    • East Parkway Pavilion (no tables, no water valve, max 200 attendees), $300
    • Rainbow Lake Pavilion (4 tables, max 50 attendees), $200
    • Formal Gardens (no tables, no electricity available, max 200 attendees), $500 (available for rental when there are no conflicting events in the park)
    • Greensward (PUBLIC EVENTS, Rainbow Lake Pavilion included), $2,000
    • Veterans Plaza (available free of charge to US veteran/service organizations only)
  • Additional Amenities and Fees
    • Electrical power access, $100 (not available at Formal Gardens)
    • Water valve access, Available upon request (not available at East Parkway Pavilion)
    • Old Forest Paved Trail for Walk/Run, $100 (Pavilion rental/fee required in conjunction with Old Forest Paved Trail rental)
    • FEDERAL HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, $50 (additional fee for rentals Friday – Monday on holiday weekends)
  • Supplemental Fees and Details for Public Events OR Events with 200+ Attendees (discuss with Overton Park Conservancy staff)
    • Trash hauling, $200-500 (Price will depend on number of attendees; dumpster rentals not permitted)
    • Traffic flow management, $500 (Large events may require Conservancy-managed one-way traffic configuration)
    • Security/traffic detail, TBD (REQUIRED if 1. traffic flow management required and 2. alcohol served to public)
    • Portable toilets, TBD (May be required for larger events)

Review the Permit Requirement Checklist HERE.

Ready to begin a reservation? 

  • Private events (birthday parties, family reunions, showers, etc)
    • Book and pay for your venue here.
      • East Parkway Pavilion – Private Event
      • Rainbow Lake Pavilion – Private Event
  • Special events 
    • Fill out and submit an inquiry form for your venue here.
      • East Parkway Pavilion – Public Event*
      • Rainbow Lake Pavilion – Public Event*
      • Formal Gardens – Private Event
      • Veterans Plaza – Official Military Organizations only
      • Greensward – Public Event*
    • *Public events are generally advertised and open to the public

Reservations for the Golf Clubhouse can be made at Party Memphis.

Questions? Email Rentals at [email protected] or call 901-658-4795.

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