Your vision, our 5 star results.

Host your next Wedding, Celebration, Corporate Event, Film Shoot or Trade Show at our modernized, world-class venue. NOVA 535’s proven, easy-to-use MyNovaEvent system ensures your 5 Star experience. Relax, while team NOVA blends your unique vision with our 2000+ successful event experience, resulting in our venue filled with your delighted guests. Let us show you why our Clients and Vendors rate NOVA 535 as the #1 Historic, Eco-Friendly Event Space, in beautiful Downtown St. Pete. Welcoming everyone with love, since 2008.


About Us

NOVA 535 is the Best Reviewed Event Space in St. Pete / Tampa.

Originally built in 1920, we spent 3 years (2005-2008) transforming 535 into NOVA 535. On February 9, 2008 we welcomed NOVA 535 – a 100% of the time 5-Star Wedding Venue and Special Event Space – to beautiful downtown St. Pete. It’s not a restaurant, generic ballroom or part time venue with no personality or style; NOVA 535 Unique Event Space was specifically designed so as every person walks into our venue they say, “WOW”!! We went even further, creating “The NOVA Way” our continuous improvement process which ensures your 5 Star reviews!

Dramatic Minimalist Indoor Wedding Ceremony First Kiss Portrait with Hanging Edison Bulb String Light Backdrop on Exposed Brick, Bride in Long Sleeve Davids Bridal Dress with Green Fern Bouquet, Groom in Navy Blue Vest and Bow Tie | Unique Downtown St Pete Wedding Venue NOVA 535

Since 2008, NOVA 535 has won tons of awards, including “Best Place to Get Married“, “Best Blank Canvas“, “Brides Choice Awards“, “Best Holiday Party Venue“, “Top 10 Best Restrooms in U.S.A” “Best Swanky Events Space” and so many more! Now, over 10 years later, downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535 is the #1 rated unique event space and wedding venue here in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. Where ALL kind hearted people are welcomed into our venue.

From Michael S. Novilla, Founder NOVA 535:

“Since day one, we’ve welcomed everyone into NOVA with love!
We’ve married everyone, regardless of race, orientation, creed. Themes from conservative to beyond wild. Our only concern is that you and your guests feel welcome, loved and that everyone truly enjoys themselves. We are most honored to produce YOUR 5-Star weddings and events. That’s ‘The NOVA Way!'”

Everyone is Welcome at NOVA 535 in downtown St. Pete Florida. LGBT+ Rainbow Flag NOVA 535 logo


Weddings at NOVA 535

weddings at historic venue NOVA 535 in beautiful downtown St. Pete

NOVA 535 is Tampa / St. Pete’s Best Rated Venue for many reasons:

  • Locally Owned and Operated with Love
  • LGBT+ and Eco-Friendly. We care.
  • Wedding Ceremonies AND Receptions.
  • Your Ideas, Our 5-Star Results.
  • Top 10 Best Restrooms in the USA.
  • Charms of 1920’s with all today’s tech conveniences

NOVA 535 welcomes everyone

  • Convenient downtown St. Pete location.
  • We’ve hosted over 2,000 5-Star Events!
  • Find our why Clients and Vendors LOVE NOVA 535!


Your Special NOVA Event

NOVA transforms night after night after night into the perfect venue for your event:


From your big day to celebrating the 50th anniversary of your big day and everything in between, NOVA 535 provides the perfect setting for the biggest moments of your life. Allow our experienced, 5-Star Team NOVA to guide you through transforming our venue into your favorite memories.

  • Quintessences and Sweet 16!
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Retirements
  • Celebrations of Life


  • Corporate Mixers
  • Fashion Shows
  • Industry Socials


  • 18 Piece Orchestras
  • Solo Musicians
  • Burlesque
  • Live Comedy


Your message and brand are the key to your success. Choose a setting and our  experienced team that will enhance your brand and impress your guests!

  • Industry Events
  • Vendor Markets


  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • School Luncheons
  • Private Dinner parties

Gold and Pink Multicultural Wedding Reception with White Draping, Hanging Traditional Chinese Wedding Dress and Characters, Round Tables with Satin Linens, Gold Fabric Covered Chairs, Extra Tall Pink FLoral and Greenery Centerpieces in Glass Vases with Hanging Jewels | Downtown St Pete Unique Wedding Reception Venue NOVA 535

Public Events

Whether you attend an event or stage one, you always walk away pleased with the setting at NOVA. There are no bad pictures at NOVA!


  • Global Concerns
  • Supporting Local Entrepreneurs
  • Making a Difference

2018 11-19 NOVAWEEN 12 Official Photos by Ann Coffman - Costume Contest

And every event is spectacular!


Upcoming Public Events

to our Public Events

Friday 2019 01-18 Argentine Tango at NOVA 535

Milonga De Los Viernes

Friday January 18, 2019 Milonga De Los Viernes at historic downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535. Argentine Tango 7pm Cash Bar Opens, 7:20 pm Tango class (included) then dancing until Midnight!

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Thursday January 24 2019 it's Highball Competition at historic Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space

Highball Competition 2019

Highball Competition 2019. Thursday January 20, 2019 find out Who makes the best cocktail in Tampa Bay at Historic DTSP Venue NOVA 535, 6pm – 7pm VIP, 7pm – 10pm GA

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Entrepreneur Social Club (tm) every Thursday night since 2009 most always at downtown St. Pete historic venue NOVA 535

Entrepreneur Social Club

Every Thursday Night since 2009 the Entrepreneur Social Club ™ meets in downtown St. Pete for networking, biz dev, drinks and more; join us for dinner afterwards!

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2019 01-27 Nova Bridal show with SMPL.events at historic Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535

2019 Winter NOVA Bridal Show with Smpl Events

Meet top St. Pete Tampa weddings vendors at 2019 NOVA Bridal Show with Smpl Events at historic venue NOVA 535 Sunday January 27, 2019 from noon – 3 pm

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Entrepreneur Social Club (tm) every Thursday night since 2009 most always at downtown St. Pete historic venue NOVA 535

Entrepreneur Social Club

Every Thursday Night since 2009 the Entrepreneur Social Club ™ meets in downtown St. Pete for networking, biz dev, drinks and more; join us for dinner afterwards!

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Nova 535 venue in Downtown St. Pete First Friday Flyer

First Friday

Celebrate NOVA First Friday with our grown up clientele, celebrities and Tampa Bay’s hottest DJs! Exclusive 21+ public party at world-class venue NOVA 535, in beautiful downtown St. Pete. Grown Folks 813-310-4641 for Pricing, VIP Tables, info. Dress To Impress. No Athletic Jerseys, No Ball Caps.

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Nova First Sunday at downtown St. Pete historic venue NOVA 535

NOVA First Sunday

Every First Sunday (except July) at Historic Downtown St. Pete Venue NOVA 535, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm,

Delectables Fine Catering presents their NOVA First Sunday VIP Tasting Party!

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Nova First Tuesday at historic Downtown St. Pete venue NOVA 535

NOVA First Tuesday Open House

Join us every First Tuesday (except July) at venue NOVA 535 for our NOVA Open House, 7 pm to 9 pm so you can tour the historic venue NOVA 535, grab a drink and enjoy incredible live music.

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The details are where we shine

Grand Event Space

  • Rare, Original 1920 Clay Brick Walls.
  • Brazilian Wood Floors.
  • Custom ART Hanging System.
  • Keep the Art up or take it down, your choice.
  • 350 for seated dinners inside.
  • 800 for cocktails inside and out
  • Private Venue. No Public Access
  • Free Self PARKING or upgrade to Valet.


  • Private and Secure.
  • Beautiful Outdoor Ceremonies.
  • Real Clay Antique Bricks.
  • Lush tropical 30 foot tall Bamboo, with beautiful lighting.
  • Overhead soft white cafe lights
  • Outdoor dining, dancing, fire performances,
  • Grand sparkler exits, ceremonies, up to 3 food trucks…

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Upstairs VIP Level

  • Upstairs view of Main Gallery
  • Separate VIP Bar and Lounge Area
  • Spacious, Swanky Reception Area
  • Access to VIP restrooms, and Bridal Suite

Sound & Lighting

  • Professional lighting and control board
  • Everything is dimmable.
  • Built-in Nightclub-quality Sound and Dance System
  • Adaptable, white and full RGB color washes
  • Tampa Bay’s Best Lit Wedding Venue
  • HDTV, Video and Slideshow system throughout
  • Of course we have really FAST Wifi

Private Outdoor Balcony

  • Beautiful views of Bamboo Courtyard
  • Large Party Space
  • Smoking and Cocktails Area
  • Enjoy the open sky and stars, or stay covered.

Restroom and Get-Ready Suites

  • 10 Luxurious Restroom Suites
  • Gorgeous Wedding Suite and VIP Greenroom
  • Additional “Get Ready Suite” with two private restrooms
  • Private rear access to VIP areas from outside
  • Italian Travertine shower bathroom
  • “Top 10 Best Restrooms in USA”
  • Plenty of mirrors and make-up lighting

Full Catering Kitchen

  • Full Size Electric Convection Oven
  • Unlimited Catering Options
  • 2 Professional dish washing machines
  • Use any Licensed and Insured Caterer


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