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Meetings Beyond San Francisco: East Bay

There are a number of exciting places and top-notch venues just a short ride across the Bay Bridge


Just east of San Francisco is a region full of breathtaking nature, booming culture, trendsetting cuisine and great value. Without traveling too far from the city, you can find compelling options in the East Bay for unforgettable meetings, conventions, team building and more. Even better, San Francisco Travel’s Convention Sales and Services teams can help make all the necessary arrangements. Whether adding a team outing to your San Francisco-based meeting or booking an entire event in one of these vibrant neighboring communities, the East Bay is full of exciting opportunities to consider. 

The destination that invented farm-to-table California cuisine and was an epicenter for 1960s counter-culture, Berkeley adds plenty of character to a meeting or event. With famed restaurants featuring celebrated chefs, historic buildings and beautiful gardens, this city includes 18 square miles of distinctive venues. Home to UC Berkeley, one of the world’s leading educational centers, and the new BAMPFAyour event can take inspiration from Berkeley’s cutting-edge climate of thought leadership, which makes it the perfect place for great ideas (and fun, too!). San Francisco Travel partners with Visit Berkeley to ensure that all your logistical needs are hassle-free.

Just across the Bay Bridge, Oakland offers it all: world-class hotels, a 64,000-square-foot convention center, an international airport, fine shops, buzz-worthy restaurants, art galleries and museums. A city on the rise, Oakland features a variety of unforgettable settings including waterfront views and redwood forests—all within easy access of San Francisco by car, boat or BART. San Francisco Travel partners with Visit Oakland to provide meeting planners with one-of-a-kind venues like the Chabot Space & Science Center, the Oakland Museum of California, Children’s Fairyland or they can help you plan a team outing to explore Oakland’s burgeoning arts scene and booming food scene.

The “Sunny Side of the Bay” gives attendees great weather year-round in an idyllic small town setting brimming with beautiful scenery and endless activities. Attendees can enjoy wine tasting in Livermore (California’s oldest wine region), street fairs in Pleasanton, and delicious dining in Dublin or Danville. Or take the always popular Tri-Valley Beer Trail, which includes more than 16 craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants. Tri-Valley is loaded with venues including state-of-the-art hotels, vineyards, country clubs, golf courses and delicious restaurants. San Francisco Travel works closely with Visit Tri-Valley to ensure meeting professionals have the tools, information and access they need to create a perfect event here. 

Walnut Creek
With a mild Mediterranean climate, picture perfect hillsides and superb shopping and dining, Walnut Creek offers attendees a distinctive blend of beautiful wilderness and urban flair. Enjoy 22 parks with more than 2,700 acres of open space in the city’s backyard. Festivals abound in this charm-filled community including the wildly popular Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival. With its easy access to BART and major roadways, Walnut Creek is also just a short distance from the famed Napa Valley wine country. San Francisco Travel partners with Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide exceptional service to meeting planners considering this destination.

Diablo Valley
Situated near Walnut Creek and anchored by the city of Concord, Diablo Valley is home to one of the Bay Area’s most-visited recreation destinations: the breathtaking Mount Diablo State Park, with its miles of scenic hiking and biking trails. This hidden gem offers meeting attendees everything from Waterworld California (Northern California’s largest water park) and Concord Pavilion (one of California’s premier outdoor music venues) to nine lodging options, two BART stations and quick accessibility to three international airports. San Francisco Travel and Visit Diablo Valley provide meeting professionals with everything they need to execute a successful event from start to finish.