Campus Activities and Events oversees several reservable outdoor spaces. Whether it’s a wedding, an amphitheatre-style event, or a lawn party, we have the perfect venue for you.
Please note that reservation requests for outdoor spaces should be placed as soon in advance as possible to receive full consideration. We accept requests up to one year in advance.
The “front lawn” of Clemson’s campus, Bowman Field provides the perfect location for a traditional Clemson event. Located in front of Tillman Auditorium and Military Heritage Plaza, Bowman features a wide expanse of grassy area for events like the Annual Welcome Back Festival, Homecoming Floats, ROTC drills, International Festival, and more. Due to the traditional nature of this space, reservations requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The Carillon Gardens are more than picturesque, they are the perfect place for an enthralling outdoor event. From wedding ceremonies and receptions to student-led events, the Carillon Gardens provide hosts and guests alike with a unique opportunity to create a memorable and historic event on Clemson’s campus. Additional events held in the Carillon Gardens include cookouts, graduation parties and even laser tag.
The Carillon Gardens and historic bell were a gift of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1943, completed in 1993. Dedicated as a tribute to the entire class and those who lost their lives during World War II, the Gardens feature a lush grassy area and are in proximity to the Outdoor Theater, North Green, and Tillman Auditorium.
Named for President Emeritus Walter T. Cox, this plaza is located in front of the Loggia entrance to the Edgar Brown Union. The plaza is a popular meeting spot, venue for organization fairs, and an approved location for non-affiliated free speech reservations.
In addition to the indoor space, Tillman Auditorium features an adjunct outdoor space which may fit a stand alone event or something in coordination with an event indoors. Military Heritage Plaza features a picturesque outdoor space, with a patio or veranda-like feel.
Overlooking Bowman Field and downtown Clemson, the Plaza is another great location to hold your next event. Some popular events held at the Plaza include graduation parties, cookouts and speakers. The Plaza also features historic decorative accents including war medals, a statue of a soldier and other memorable items making it the perfect location with a great ambience and history.
The North Green is located between the Outdoor Theatre and the Carillon Gardens, directly across from Brackett Hall. The North Green is a beautiful area for gatherings and events.
Below the Carillon Gardens and North Green is the Outdoor Theater. In the heart of campus and nestled between the Gardens, Reflection Pond and Cooper Library, the Theater is the perfect venue for your next outdoor event. The Theater seats approximately 2500 on grass and concrete-tiered seating levels. Seating for an additional 5000+ is available on the North Green.
There is space available on the surrounding sidewalks for concessions and merchandise, though the space is not necessarily desirable for ticketed events due to its open nature. The Theater has ample power and is a great location for movies and speakers.
The Union Courtyard is located on the ground level of the Edgar Brown Union outside the rear entrance to Municpal Court, Parking Services, and the Underground Recreation Center.
The Union Plaza is located at the Edgar Brown Union outside Harcombe Dining Hall and the Student Senate Chambers.
The President's Rotunda is located between the lawn of the President's home and Sikes Hall, and can be seen from Highway 93. It is a beautiful venue for small gatherings.
The Hendrix Breezeway is a well-traveled covered walkway leading into the rear entrance of the Hendrix Student Center. This location is frequently used as a space for tabling.
Lever Beach, also known as Baby Bowman, received a facelift in 2013. It is a great space for west campus gatherings, outdoor movie nights, parties, and picnics. Two concrete plazas and the Hendrix Breezeway adjoin the space.