Perfectly Planned Events
The San Francisco Bay Area offers meeting facilities and event venues that are as classy and diverse as the locale itself. Tony Bennett once sang, “I left my heart in San Francisco,” and this sentiment sums up the feelings of many visitors to the area. The San Francisco Bay Area has a flair for business and all that goes with it.

Northern California is one of the most visited places in the nation and it is easy to see why when looking at the diversity of the facilities that are available. The region provides the ultimate in modern conveniences for meetings and events.

San Francisco
Moscone Center is San Francisco’s premier meeting facility. The 1.2 million-square-foot event center is conveniently located close to the Downtown Financial District, Union Square and the new dynamic Mission Bay Research and Development Campus and is within walking distance of more than two-thirds of San Francisco’s 30,000 hotel rooms.

Moscone Center is divided into three distinct facilities that form a sophisticated and modern complex for large meetings and conventions. Moscone North offers 53,410 square feet of space that can be broken into 17 flexible meeting areas. This section of Moscone Center also features more than 181,000 square feet of exhibit space that has been utilized by some of the largest conferences in the world. Moscone South is the larger of the two sections and offers an expansive 260,560 square feet of exhibit space. This space is column-free and can be separated into three meeting halls. With more than 60,580 square feet of meeting space, Moscone South can be divided into 41 meeting rooms.

Moscone West is the newest addition to San Francisco’s meeting and event facilities. This awe-inspiring, glass marvel includes more than 300,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit room. Although it is a true architectural masterpiece, Moscone West is more than just an elegantly designed convention center. Moscone West is divided into three floors that offer unique offerings and specialized services. Floor one features an exhibit hall that accommodates 3,575 guests in reception style and a 27,540-square-foot lobby. The second level swing space offers furnished space that can be configured into 19 separate meeting rooms. The third level swing space offers flexible room similar to the second level, but also features a 60,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom. Supporting this level is a freight system below street level and ample storage space and loading docks.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium offers 31,140 square feet of arena floor space and nearly 22,000 square feet of meeting space in 36 individual rooms. Currently, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is closed for renovations, but the facility will re-open in 2009.

Fort Mason Center is located at the edge of San Francisco Bay and provides spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Once an active military base, now a thriving cultural hub, Fort Mason has more than 130,000 square feet of meeting, activity and special-event space. Fort Mason Center is equipped to handle meetings from five to 5,000 and offers the following seven distinct configurations:
  • Festival Pavilion – Offers 50,000 square feet of waterfront event space and can accommodate up to up to 180 10 ' x 10 ' booths.
  • Herbst Pavilion – Located on a pier that juts out into the Bay, the Herbst Pavilion features a 30,000-square-foot exhibition hall.
  • Herbst International Exhibition Hall (HIEH) – Located at the Presidio of San Francisco, HIEH offers 5,000 square feet of free-standing event space.
  • Conference Center – Offers three venues with state-of-the-art lighting, wall-to-wall carpeting and multipurpose blackout shades.
  • Firehouse – With views of Angel Island and Alcatraz, the Firehouse offers 1,188 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
  • Meeting and Activity Space – Located in the Center’s Landmark Buildings B and C, this space is perfect for groups from eight to 100.
  • Cowell Theater – This 437-seat, fully equipped theater auditorium is located at the north end of the Herbst Pavilion and can accommodate sound and video projection needs.

Known nationally as one of the most versatile convention and exhibit spaces in the country, the Cow Palace offers more than 300,000 square feet of meeting space, including two exhibit halls that each feature 49,000 square feet for exhibits, dinners and other large-scale productions. This versatile venue has been the host to two Republican National Conventions and is located just 15 minutes north of San Francisco International Airport.

Submit an Article
If you have expertise in a particular area relevant to planning meetings and or events, you may submit a 400 to 750 word "how-to" article for possible inclusion in any of our magazines and/or our websites.

If accepted, your submission will be edited for length and clarity. There is no monetary payment if your item is used; instead, you can publicize yourself through a five-line biography with your contact information that will appear at the end of the article.

Send submissions to We will contact you if your submission is chosen.