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Special Events at the Capitol Complex​

The Capitol Building,  surrounding areas of the Capitol Complex, and the Forum Auditorium provide unique settings to host events such as weddings, art presentations, concerts, charity events, rallies, and press conferences. 

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Before You Schedule Your Event

​Use of the public areas of the Capitol Complex is governed by PA Code Chapter 86 and use of the Forum under PA Code Chapter 87.  Individuals and organizations interested in hosting an event should read the relevant PA Code chapter to understand what limitations may be placed on events held at these venues.  

Wedding Information
Information on Weddings at the Capitol Complex
  • Due to Capitol tours, all weddings held on the weekend must be scheduled after 4:00 PM.
  • A $200.00 fee is required for Capitol Police security. This can be made payable to: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Payment must be received at least one month in advance of the event.
  • Remit payment to:
    Special Events Office
    401 North Street, Room 400 NOB
    Harrisburg, PA 17125
  • You can rent chairs from the Department of General Services for $1.00 per chair.
    The chairs are white plastic folding chairs with a fan back.
    Payment arrangement for chairs is the same as listed above.
    You may use an outside vendor to supply your chairs, you wish.
  • Purchase of one million dollars’ worth of General Liability insurance for the day is required.
    Insured: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Main Capitol Building, 501 North 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17120.
  • Guests should enter the building through the Main entrance on 3rd Street. Handicapped individuals enter through the Commonwealth Avenue entrance. 
  • Please note: This door is locked on weekends there is a call box by the door. An officer will open the door for these guests.
  • Rose petals or other types of decorations must be picked up immediately after the ceremony. 
  • To schedule your event, please visit: https://apps.pa.egov.com/dgscalendar/eventrequest/create
Contact Information

717-783-9100

​401 North Street
400 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17125

Available Capitol Complex Event Space

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The Capitol Fountain
FountainLocated on Commonwealth Avenue by the entrance to the East Wing of the Capitol.

It can be reserved for press conferences, rallies and ceremonies. 

Capacity: 2,000 people
The East Wing Rotunda
East Wing RotundaThe central lobby of the East Wing of the Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Rotunda may be reserved for press conferences, ceremonies, concerts and receptions.

Capacity: 200 people
The Forum Auditorium

TThe Forumhe historic Forum Auditorium is located adjacent to the Pennsylvania State Library in the Capitol complex. The Building was designed by architects William Gehron and Sidney Ross. The Forum building was dedicated on September 16, 1931. 

  • The Exterior: The building is constructed primarily of gray limestone. There are 22 bronze doors designed by Lee Lawrie. They are cast with figures depicting “man’s creative and re-creative occupations.” Inscribed above each doorway are famous mottos from our nation’s past. On the outside cornice of the building are noted names of Pennsylvania educators, philanthropists, and statesmen. On the eaves above those names are sculptured copper owls by Carl Paul Jennewein. 
  • The Interior: There are eight varieties of marble from Africa, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Tennessee, and Vermont. The designers of the wall and ceiling murals, Eric Gugler and Richard Brooks, wanted to depict the march of progress of mankind and the overwhelming majesty of the heavens. The maps and adjacent tablets on the upper promenade walls commemorate the socially-significant individuals who made famous the great period of each particular locale. The ceiling was painted on individual canvas sections and decorated with constellations and depictions from the Zodiac. More than one thousand stars are shown in their proper position. Three hundred sixty-five are of crystal glass, now illuminated by energy-efficient LED lights. These LED lights were retrofitted in 2008 as part of a Department of General Services Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, (GESA) project. It brought the eighty-year-old Forum Auditorium up to twenty-first-century energy efficiency standards. 
  • The Forum Auditorium's address is 500 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • The occupancy limit is 1,947 persons which include 1,610 seats and 337 spaces for those who wish to stand. 
  • Forum Seating Chart
  • Tech Specs
  • Rental Application
  • Rental Agreement & Rate Information 




South Irvis Office Building Lawn
South Irvis Office Building LawnLocated on the South side of the Capitol at Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue, this area can be reserved for press conferences and rallies.
 
Capacity: 5,000

The Keystone Building Atrium

Keystone Building AtriumThe Keystone building has a large atrium that is available for press conferences, receptions, and expos.

400 North St. Harrisburg, PA 17125

Capacity: 1,800

Main Capitol Rotunda
Main Capitol RotundaThe ornate central lobby of the State Capitol Building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Rotunda can be reserved for press conferences, wedding ceremonies, concerts, and photo shoots.

Capacity: 300 people.
Main Capitol Steps

PA Capitol StepsLocated on the West side of the Capitol at Third and State Streets.

The steps can be reserved for press conferences, rallies and ceremonies.

Capacity: 8,000 people

Soldier's & Sailor's Grove
Soldier's GroveLocated behind the Capitol on Commonwealth Ave., this stately grove of Red Oak trees is dedicated to Pennsylvania Military veterans. The grove surrounds the Commonwealth's Congressional Medal of Honor Monument.

The grove can be reserved for ceremonies, press conferences, and other events.

Capacity: 200 at the semi-circular entrance, several hundred along the grove.