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801 Ocean Event Center

Planning a wedding, birthday celebration, business retreat or other special event? 801 Ocean, Oak Island’s premier ocean-front venue, is the ideal location. Open year round, this inviting event space hosts weddings, social and corporate events and can accommodate up to 200 guests.

With oversized windows, exposed brick, custom iron work and high ceilings, 801 Ocean will set the perfect scene for your special occasion. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the facility is surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, creating the perfect atmosphere for your upcoming business meeting or special occasion. With soaring, cedar ceilings, unique design and a coastal chic atmosphere, 801 Ocean is the very best of all beachfront wedding venues and event space destinations on the Carolina coast.

Owned and operated by the Town of Oak Island, 801 Ocean offers a 1,750 square-foot banquet room and other flexible event space. Tables and chairs are included in the rental cost. Distinctive, custom options allow you to personalize your event to make it as unique as it will be memorable. Audio-visual services are available for all occasions. Specialty linens from a national vendor are available. Take advantage of 801 Ocean’s open-vendor policy which allows you to bring your favorite caterer, decorator or vendor to assist you with your event.

Not sure what you need? A professional staff is on hand to assist you with your planning and to make sure your event is a special day for you and for your guests.

Rental Rates

Rates are based on the time of the year (in-season/off-season) and day of the week (weekday/weekend). Oak Island residents and property owners receive a discounted rate.

Vendors and Partners

At 801 Ocean, we understand that planning an event involves many details. From catering and linens to tents and lighting, we’ve partnered with vendors to provide everything you may need.

Contact Us

Learn more. Contact Lisa Mattiace, 801 Ocean Manager, at 801oceanoki@ci.oak-island.nc.us or at 910-523-8166. Visit our gallery to see some of the possibilities.


“We selected 801 Ocean for our daughter’s wedding. The facility exceeded our expectations on location, view, amenities and budget. The staff were a pleasure to work with, extremely knowledgeable, prompt in responses and critical in assisting us with the event. From start to finish, the day was a beautiful success. We couldn’t be happier that we selected 801 Ocean for this very special event.” — Russell and Cynthia Davis, Oak Island, North Carolina

The Beach Preservation Society has used 801 Ocean for several events. We have found the facility to be an excellent location for our programs. The staff is extremely competent, resourceful and helpful with our planning. When we arrive, the venue is set up according to our expectations, and staff is on hand for assistance as the events proceed. We look forward to future events at 801 Ocean.” — Rosanne Fortner, President, Oak Island Beach Preservation Society, Inc.