43 ReceptionFew venues in Lincoln share the distinctive culture, prime location and picturesque views that the Lied Center can provide for your special event. The dedicated staff and rich luxury of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Nebraska's most distinguished arts and entertainment center, will ensure a memorable and magical experience for everyone.

Conveniently located between UNL and downtown, the Lied Center offers stunning campus views and easy access to the Haymarket and downtown areas with a multitude of eating establishments and parking availability. Memorial Stadium and hotels are within five minutes walking distance, and the Lincoln Airport is just a short drive away.

The versatile spaces can be tailored to suit your needs — whether you are planning a performance, a wedding, a tailgate party, or a meeting, the Lied Center should be your first venue choice.


With four unique settings available, the Lied Center offers endless possibilities for your special events: from trade shows to tailgate parties, inaugurations, fundraising events and more! Seating capacity ranges are vast. Which setting is the best fit for your next event? 

  • Steinhart Room, 120 lecture or 95 banquet
  • Carson Theater, 250 lecture or 216 banquet
  • Katherine Hendy Parker Lobby, 400 reception or 248 banquet
  • Main Stage auditorium, 2,192

Special Events/Trade Shows rentals...

Lied Center Main Stage

The main hall can seat 2,192 people, with the opportunity for 66 additional seats by lifting the orchestra pit. Wheelchair seating and access is available.

Steinhart Room

The Steinhart Room is often used for meetings, classes, receptions and even small concerts. The room also features a retractable wall to divide the room into two meeting areas to increase versatility.

Katherine Hendy Parker Lobby

Katherine Hendy Parker Lobby provides access to the balcony seating of the main hall. Also featuring a spectacular view of the UNL campus, this lobby features its own concession area and can be set up for a standing-only event, or seating for 248.

Carson Theater

The Carson Theater is a black box theater and is used for smaller productions, rehearsals, receptions and even UNL dance classes. Portable risers can be arranged to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements for up to 250 people.

Lied Commons

The newest addition to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Lied Commons, opened in 2012. A versatile space, the Lied Commons has its own dedicated entrance extending on to the Friends of Lied Plaza.