The Roof Garden
At the Kaiser Center

The Roof Garden At the Kaiser Center

Tel: (510) 225-0965
300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA

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Our Event Spaces . . .

This amazing garden features over 3 acres of landscaped event space with over 6,000 feet of combined indoor space.

Located on top of a 5 story parking garage, the garden is an exclusive venue operated by Oakland Venue Management and Inspire Productions

The maximum capacity is 1,500 persons

Allowable event hours: 7am-12am


No matter what you are planning, from a 200 person wedding or birthday party to a 1000 person office party, we have the perfect all-inclusive package for your special event! 

The Roof Garden at the Kaiser Center is a stunning private park with over 3.5 acres of exclusive outdoor, professionally manicured garden space.


The Garden Room, overlooking the Roof Garden, is a wonderful 5,000 square foot indoor reception or banquet hall with bar and kitchen facilities.


The Lakeview Terrace offers a 4,500 square foot outdoor patio space with a stunning view of Lake Merritt.


We also offer dynamic meeting and presentation facilities from 25-80 person capacity conference rooms to the 400 person capacity Kaiser Auditorium. Please see for more information on the auditorium and conference rooms.


For more information about all inclusive holiday packages, please click here.


About The Venue . . .

History of the Roof Garden

The 3-acre roof garden at Oakland's Kaiser Center was the first major privately owned Roof Garden in the United States. In fact, when the visionary creator Cut the ribbon in 1960, it was the largest Roof Garden in the world.

This internationally acclaimed and renowned garden set the stage for green roofs, and has inspired the proliferation of roof gardens across the planet.

The idea of the garden was conceived by Edgar Kaiser Sr., the head of Kaiser and son of Henry J. Kaiser, the shipbuilding genius of World War II. Edgar Kaiser decided to make this roof a semi-public park, owned and maintained by Kaiser, but open to the public.



The garden features forty-two specimens of trees (olive, holly oak, Japanese maple and southern magnolia). As far as shrub species, camellias, roses, rhaphiolepis and 9 different varieties of hedges can be found in the garden. Up to recently, 300 roses were spread over the garden. The majority of them are the 1960 AARS medal winning Floribunda "Sarabande", a variety becoming increasingly difficult to find commercially.