Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come see the hall in person?

Absolutely! Please email, call, or use the contact form below to request an appointment.  We encourage renters to visit once before their events.  We recommend that you bring a list of all the questions and details you need to work out beforehand.

What happens if I have to cancel my reservation?

If you cancel a special event, your security deposit is forfeited.  For large events or events scheduled far in advance, we may also require a non-refundable down payment. 
For regularly scheduled events going on hiatus, we require two weeks notice.

Can I arrive early to set things up?

We ask that all renters set up and break down within the hours they have rented, to avoid double booking. Any special exception is at the managers' discretion. Rental times may begin or end on the hour or half hour only. People who arrive early for their events may use the lobbies to wait, provided the previous event does not need privacy in these spaces.

Can we have food and drink in the hall?

Yes.  However, the Hall has a no alcohol policy. Also note that special events serving food will be charged a $50 mopping fee per space. We are not a good fit for late night, loud/rowdy parties, or parties for teenagers.

Will there be enough tables and chairs?

Check the page of the space you are renting to see the table and chair count. Feel free to contact us with any concerns or requests.

Do you offer catering?

No. Check out the Café page for more information about our kitchen.

Is there AV equipment in the hall?

The Auditorium and Meeting Rooms have great portable PA systems included in the rentals.  The Café and Ski club have portable stereos. The Ski Club room comes with an 100" pull-down projection screen.  The Café has a new 70" Samsung LCD television with various computer hook-ups available for a small fee. 

Do you have a video projector?

Yes.  A Vivitek D91x/D86x series projector is available as well as an 8ft portable screen for an extra rental fee.  Please contact us for more details.

How late can we play music?

The City of Berkeley noise ordinance requires quiet starting at 10pm. Some sound is ok even after that, as long as windows and doors are closed. We ask that you be mindful of the ordinance, especially in the parking lot at night, and comply with any request from the managers to turn it down. Again, note that we are not a good fit for late night, loud/rowdy parties, or parties for teenagers.

Do you offer discounts?

We have been known to offer reduced rates for good causes, but all discounts are strictly at the managers' discretion.  Tell us about your event, and we promise to do our best to be fair.

How do I pay?

Please work out the details of your reservation with the managers before sending any money. We will accept checks, cash, and PayPal.  Checks should be made out to "The Finnish Hall", and either dropped in the mail slot by the side door, or mailed to:

Finnish Brotherhood Hall

1970 Chestnut St.

Berkeley, CA 9702

Is there parking?

Yes.  There is a 13 car lot adjacent to the building.  

Are you accessible by public transportation?

Buses run along University Ave., and North Berkeley BART is just a short walk or bike ride away. Thank you for sparing the air!

More questions?

Check out our Policies page, and don't hesitate to email finnish.hall@gmail.com, call us at 510-845-5352, or use the form below.


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