private parties

It’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re celebrating a bridal shower, milestone, or religious rite of passage, the Glastonbury Boathouse will make your event truly special. Nestled in central Connecticut and overlooking the Connecticut River, our beautiful venue is the perfect setting to bring family and friends together. The cathedral-style ceilings and open floor plan offer the perfect canvas to bring your event vision to life! You and your guests will enjoy the incredible panoramic river views and well-manicured park grounds which allow for stunning photographs, recreational activities, and waterfront entertainment. Depending on the time of your reservation, you may also be fortunate enough to experience one of the spectacular sunsets over the river that we’re becoming famous for!

Beautiful Accommodations

Our spacious venue is perfect for parties of 60 – 150 guests, and we’re happy to work with you to configure our Banquet Hall to meet your needs. Located in central Connecticut and just a short drive from all major highways, your guests will appreciate the convenient location and on-site parking. Traveling friends and family can also stay at a number of reputable hotel accommodations right in town or in several neighboring communities.  As a not-for-profit venue, our rental fees are competitively priced and we offer additional discounts for reservations made within 60 days of the event, as well as events booked during our off-peak season (January 1 – April 14).

Our modern, waterfront banquet hall is the ideal venue for:

  • Holiday Parties (see more details below)
  • Retirement Parties
  • Milestone Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Bridal Showers (60+ guests – for smaller groups, see “small group parties” information below)
  • Memorial Services (please inquire for specific packages)

View photos from recent events in our Photo Gallery.

Phenomenal Food

We know how important the food is at an event so we’ve partnered with some of Connecticut’s most respected caterers to serve you. For your special event, choose from any of our catering partners. Our experienced and professional partners will help you build a menu that reflects your event theme, style, and budget.

To ensure the quality of cuisine and customer service at all of our events, we do NOT allow the use of caterers outside of our partners. If you would like to host an event with an outside caterer, or would like to provide your own food, please consider our sister property, located just next door to us, the Riverfront Community Center.

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Holiday Parties

With festive holiday décor set up each year, the Glastonbury Boathouse is also the ideal venue for corporate holiday soirees or private Christmas parties! Keep your party costs low by enjoying our beautifully adorned Christmas tree, string lighting on the high industrial ceilings, and scenic views of the CT River. You’ll also receive a 20% savings on rental rates for all parties booked in December and January! Take a peek at our photo gallery for party inspiration!

Last Minute Reservations

Our staff understands that some events require an expedited planning process. Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, hosting a memorial service, or need an alternate venue due to an unexpected change of plans elsewhere, we’re here fore you!  No matter the circumstances, the staff at the Glastonbury Boathouse will make your planning process free of stress and as efficient as possible. Additionally, guests reserving the banquet hall within 60 days of the event date enjoy a 20% savings on our rental rates.*  Contact us today to plan your upcoming event.

*Excludes off-peak season, Jan. 1 – April 14, where 20% discounted rates already apply, and Super Saver Saturdays.

Small Group Parties and Meetings (Fewer than 60 guests)

If you’re organizing a small, more intimate party of fewer than 60 people, a children’s party, or a small group meeting, you may prefer our sister property, the Riverfront Community Center. This neighboring venue, located just next door, offers a selection of rooms and meeting spaces for varying guest sizes, all of which are available at affordable rates.

The following rooms are available at the Riverfront Community Center for private rentals on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays only, with maximum guest capacity noted:

  • Conference Room: 25 guests (conference style seating only)
  • Activity/Exercise Rooms: 50 guests
  • Community Room
    • Full room: 250 guests
    • Side B only (Half): 120 guests

To learn more about the Riverfront Community Center, please visit or contact Kristen Michaels at

Get Started!

To request date availability or obtain more information, submit an online inquiry or contact Kristen Michaels, Event & Banquet Facility Manager, at (860) 652-4640 or

Give your friends and family an event they’ll cherish forever, at the Glastonbury Boathouse!

“Everything went well. Everyone couldn’t stop complimenting the place, and it was a gorgeous day with an amazing view of the river. Food was great. I sincerely want to thank you for all your help in overall making this process easy for us! Thank you so much!”  

–  Jessica, Summer Engagement Party

“I wanted to follow up and say thank you to you and your staff for a great event.  The kids had a fun time, thanks in large part to having such a great venue for our prom.  Thank you for your help and flexibility in making it happen. Also, we were very pleased with Gourmet Galley […] these folks were professional, timely, helpful, and the food was great. Thanks again!”

– Tom, High School Prom

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