Large Venue Rental

Serving as the centerpiece of MerleFest every year, the production-friendly 6,400-square-foot Doc & Merle Watson Theatre offers ample room for large-scale events. Our 5,100-square-foot Lakey Ballroom and the 1,100 seat Nan Van Every Auditorium can accommodate performances that require an indoor, elegant setting.

The Doc & Merle Watson Theatre

This massive 6,400-square-foot, production-friendly historic stage serves as the centerpiece for any large event. Whether you are planning a summer concert or hosting a large-scale customer appreciation day, this venue has everything.

The Lakey Ballroom and the Nan Van Every Auditorium

The Walker Center is comprised of both the Lakey Ballroom and the Nan Van Every Auditorium. When combined, this venue can host any number of entertainment and meal options. Our ballroom can be divided into small spaces for a more intimate setting or you may utilize the entire 5,100 square foot space to entertain up to 280 of your closest friends and family. The lobby area of The Walker Center can even be expanded by adding a tented area outside to give you additional entertaining space. The 1,100-seat Nan Van Every Auditorium can accommodate performances of any kind and is production-friendly.


NC sales tax and service charge of 20% will be added to prices. Facility rental is an additional charge. All prices are subject to change. For more information or to book an event, call 336-838-6264.

The Walker Center Hospitality Services
Wilkes Community College
1328 S. Collegiate Drive
P.O. Box 120
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: 336-838-6264