11 Large Venues Beyond San Francisco

Venture beyond city limits for meeting spaces that offer unparalleled amenities, access and possibilities for your next large event.

If you thought San Francisco Travel’s connections to spectacular meeting venues were confined to city limits, think again. Throughout the Bay Area and its surrounding regions, we work with a number of large event spaces that offer all the charm, amenities and state-of-the-art tech you’d expect in San Francisco. These venues outside the city proper have easy transportation access and plenty of room to spread out, even for the biggest conferences and conventions. Here’s a look at some of our favorite large venues beyond city limits.

Cow Palace

2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City

You won’t have to travel far to find the Cow Palace, which sits on San Francisco’s border with Daly City. This famous (and memorably named) indoor arena has hosted the Golden State Warriors, countless rodeos, the Democratic National Convention and even The Beatles on their first U.S. tour in 1964. Today, the Cow Palace offers ample parking and multiple buildings comprising 250,000 square feet of flexible event space.

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The Monterey Conference Center

One Portola Plaza, Monterey

Give high-powered events a dash of breezy Pacific charm at this spectacular waterfront venue. Together, the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey Marriott and Portola Hotel & Spa form the Monterey Conference Connection, totaling 85,000 square feet of meeting space, more than 19,000 square feet of exhibition space and 700 hotel rooms – all a stone’s throw from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic Cannery Row and lively Fisherman’s Wharf.

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San Francisco 49ers and Levi's Stadium

4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara

Score major points with attendees by hosting your next event at this cutting-edge NFL stadium. Opened in 2014, Levi’s 49ers Stadium includes 17 distinctive meeting spaces, including open-air terraces, an auditorium, and the United Club, a 25,000-square-foot suite that directly overlooks the field. Not close enough to the action? Transform the field itself into an unforgettable event with space for 10,000. Talk about a competitive edge!

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View of the football field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Cruise over to nearby Santa Clara to watch the San Francisco 49ers play.

Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway, Oakland

Whether booked as an ancillary meeting space to the adjacent Oakland Convention Center or reserved as a standalone venue, the Oakland Marriott City Center makes a welcoming home base for attendees. Renovated in 2016, the hotel offers 90,000 square feet of meeting space across 36 rooms, plus full A/V capabilities, 500 modern guest rooms and convenient BART connectivity. Just beyond the lobby, the charms of Chinatown and Jack London Square await.

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Filoli Historic House and Garden

86 Cañada Rd., Woodside

If flora and fauna are what you're looking for, Filoli is a beautiful estate with 654 acres of nature built along the slopes of California's coastal range. Originally built as a private residence in 1917 and re-opened to the public in 1975, Filoli is the ideal place for meetings, celebrations, and corporate team-building events for groups from 10 to 1,000. There are 18 venues on the property available for rent, including ballrooms, gardens, and even a swimming pool.

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Pinstripes of San Mateo

36 Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo

This sprawling San Mateo venue has bowling lanes, bocce courts, private patios, and customizable ballrooms to fulfill your needs. Pinstripes can accommodate groups of up to 1,500 people, and all private events are enjoyed over their excellent Italian/American cuisine.

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Roaring Camp Railroads

5401 Graham Hill Rd., Felton

Certainly a more adventurous option, Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California, will take you back to the 1800s. Start at the historic Roaring Camp depot, where you can find Bret Harte Hall, which offers 6,120 square feet of meeting space, and their forested picnic grounds, which accommodate groups of up to 2,500. Then, ride one of their historic trains, which snake through the redwoods on separate routes to Bear Mountain or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 

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San Francisco Wine School

415 Grand Ave., South San Francisco

Located on the top floor of San Francisco's historic Fraternal Hall, the San Francisco Wine School provides a 180-degree view of the San Bruno Mountains, City Hall, and the San Francisco Bay. Their sunlight-filled education and event center offers 4,000 square feet of space, with two sets of moveable acoustic walls, modular furniture, and the ability to host walk-around gatherings of up to 400. Plenty of seated educational experiences are offered, from blind-tasting workshops to food and wine pairing labs. 

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Craneway Pavilion

1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond

Housed in an architecturally significant Ford Assembly Plant building from 1931, the Craneway Pavilion is an excellent, visually striking choice for your next meeting or event. Seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces with their industrial chic 45,000-square-foot facility and adjoining 20,000-square-foot patio. Enjoy an unobstructed, column-free space with stunning waterfront views of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. The Craneway can accommodate up to 2,500 seated guests and 5,000 standing. 

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South San Francisco Conference Center

255 S Airport Blvd., South San Francisco

Conveniently located minutes from San Francisco Airport and a short drive from downtown San Francisco, the South San Francisco Conference Center is a great space to host your meeting or event. This large, single-level event venue has 20,500 square feet of conference room space for rent, private offices/rooms available for event staff, and complimentary shuttle services to major transportation stations. Their experienced team will handle everything, from custom menus to audio-visual services.

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98 Broadway, Oakland

Situated in a beautiful location overlooking Oakland's waterfront, Plank is a great place to gather, with over 50,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor dining space. With a beer garden, arcade games, billiards and bowling, and a capacity of 1500, Plank can satisfy team-building, meetings, and corporate events. 

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Maddie Pratt is the Sr. Associate of Design & Content at San Francisco Travel. She grew up in nearby Marin County, just a bridge away from the City. After moving to San Francisco in 2020, she knew she'd found her home base. Maddie enjoys walks in Golden Gate Park, chowing down on dim sum and sunsets at Baker Beach.

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