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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 and a quick BART ride away 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 helmed by celebrated chefs, historic buildings and beautiful gardens, this city features 18 square miles of distinctive venues. Home to UC Berkeley, one of the world’s leading educational centers, and the new BAMPFA, your event can take inspiration from Berkeley’s cutting-edge climate of thought leadership. San Francisco Travel partners with Visit Berkeley to ensure that all your logistical needs are hassle-free.


Concord blends hospitality, outdoor recreation and comfort, making it an ideal location to host a meeting. Explore beer trails or hike Mt. Diablo for breathtaking views of the region. With several lodging options and easy access with BART, Concord offers meeting planners everything from Waterworld California, Northern California’s largest water park, to the Concord Pavilion, one of California’s premier outdoor music venues. San Francisco Travel and Visit Concord provide meeting professionals with everything they need to execute a successful event from start to finish.


Easily accessible by BART or the Capitol Corridor, Emeryville is nestled between the cities of Berkeley and Oakland. Even though Emeryville is only one square mile, within it there are movie theaters, bars, dance halls, health clubs, shopping malls and so much more. Along Emeryville’s Marina is the famous Trader Vic's, hailed as one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, serving Polynesian style cuisine with tropical cocktails.


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. 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 and the Oakland Museum of California. They can also help you plan a team outing to explore Oakland’s burgeoning arts scene and booming food scene.


With a convention center that has more than 20,000 feet of space to hold a number of different events. With and easy access from San Francisco with BART, you can plan your whole event in Richmond. San Francisco Travel and Visit Richmond CA provide meeting professionals with tools and information to create a seamless event in this destination.


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), as well as the San Francisco Premium outlets, street fairs in Pleasanton, and delicious dining in Dublin or Danville. 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 famous Napa Valley. San Francisco Travel partners with the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide exceptional service to meeting planners considering this destination.