Outdoor Events & Tailgates

The Waterfront at Montlake


Host your private event just a few steps away from the Montlake Cut, complete with views of the Cascade Mountains and unobstructed access to 350 feet of pristine waterfront. Enjoy a relaxing ambiance with twinkling outdoor lights overhead, reflections of city lights on the water, and the occasional sound of a sailboat’s horn signaling to the Montlake Bridge – all from the comfort of your exclusive event. The possibilities are limitless, and we invite you to experience all The Waterfront at Montlake has to offer.

The Waterfront at Montlake Events


Celebrate the football season and cheer on your team all while enjoying pristine views of the Montlake Cut! Tailgate events are offered on our Westside outdoor terrace with 350’ of unobstructed waterfront or at our Greenspace location. Both venues come complete with two 10×20’ tents, twenty Adirondack chairs, bathrooms on site, outdoor string lights, and white picket fencing to make your event memorable and completely yours.

Corporate Events

Commitment, teamwork, working together to achieve the ultimate goal. Ever read Boys in the Boat? Now you and your team can experience an unforgettable event at the same Shell House the Boys rowed out of and achieved international fame in 1936.

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Birthday? Anniversary? Recent engagement? Exciting new life event? There is no better place to host the celebration of a lifetime than the Waterfront at Montlake!

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Boys in the Boat Tours

Fans of Daniel James Brown’s New York Times bestseller The Boys in the Boat, now have a unique opportunity to get an inside look at the legacy of “The Boys.” Join us for a tour through Washington Rowing’s Conibear Shellhouse and the 1918 World War I airplane hangar known to the “Boys” as the ASUW Shell House in 1936.

The tour will include chances to see the lettermen’s jackets of Joe Rantz and Don Hume, the IRA and Berlin Olympics medals of Joe Rantz, the famed Husky Clipper shell, and a peek into the original training facility of the Boys- the ASUW Shell House.

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The Waterfront at Montlake Event Venues

Waterfront Activities Center Great Room
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A beautiful indoor banquet room with an outdoor private sundeck overlooking Lake Washington, the Montlake Cut, and Husky Harbor. Event capacity: 100 people

ASUW Shell House Westside Lawn*

The jewel! An outdoor terrace with 350’ of unobstructed waterfront, just feet away from the Montlake Cut. Event capacity: 600 people

(Before 5pm)
Evenings/Weekends Holidays &
Football Games
UW Student Groups $120 $175 $1,000
UW Departments $300 $435 $1,000
Off-Campus/Public $450 $650 $1,000

* Please note: this is NOT Conibear Shellhouse. The “ASUW Shell House Westside Lawn Terrace” refers to the 1918 WWI Navy Seaplane Hangar that graces the shores of the Montlake Cut (labeled “Canoe House” on campus maps). To see a map of the venue locations, please click here

The Greenspace

A custom outdoor private event experience! Located on the SW side of Husky Stadium between the Waterfront Activities Center and Husky Climbing Rock, this venue offers views of Lake Washington and plenty of grass and space for your private event. Event capacity: 450 people

(Before 5pm)
Evenings/Weekends Holidays &
Football Games
UW Student Groups $90 $130 $750
UW Departments $225 $325 $750
Off-Campus/Public $335 $485 $750

The Waterfront at Montlake 2018-19 Football Tailgate Availability

Westside Lawn Greenspace Great Room

Private Event Reservations

  1. For Waterfront venue availability (ASUW Shell House, Westside Lawn, The Greenspace. or Great Room) please call (206) 685-7518 or email Waterfront Manager, Rod Smith, to inquire about reservations.
  2. Once the Reservation Request Form has been submitted and approved, you will receive an estimate along with our rental contract.  For more details, please reference the forms below



It is the responsibility of the renter to obtain and post a Washington State Banquet permit if alcohol is present. NO EXCEPTIONS!


On non-football game days, parking is available for a fee (Pay by Space) adjacent to the WAC at $3.00/hour or $15.00 for all day. The availability of parking cannot be guaranteed. Citations may be issued to vehicles who fail to pay at the pay station. For transportation and parking information on football game days, please see here

If you plan on parking on campus while attending an event at the WAC, please pay at the pay station located directly in front of the WAC or contact the Parking Services Special Events Office at (206) 616-8710 for information. 

Contact Us

Waterfront Manager, Rod Smith

(206) 685-7518