The storied City by the Bay has recently become more attractive than ever for meeting and events, thanks to the $500 million expansion of the Moscone Center. But while this expanded venue is the big news here, there are plenty of other offerings on tap.
DAY 1: Moscone and More
Visitors don't need to attend a convention to enjoy the new Moscone Center. In January the facility debuted its San Francisco Visitor Information Center,
a high-tech source for details about all the city has to offer. While there, check out Point Cloud, an LED light sculpture by artist Leo Villareal inside the new pedestrial bridge that connects Moscone South and North.
Grab a bite from Spark Social'
s array of food trucks, then head across the street to Stagecoach Greens
, the city's only outdoor mini golf course, to work off that lunch.
Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the city at the CityScape Lounge
on the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, where you can sip cocktails and snack on appetizers while gazing out at the Bay Bridge, Salesforce Tower and many other landmarks.
DAY 2: Taste of History
Grab brunch at the Garden Court in the Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Under shimmering chandeliers and a vast glass ceiling, enjoy your meal while soaking up the property's storied history (built in 1875, then gutted and reopened in 1909 following the ruinous San Francisco earthquake of 1906). With a number of fully equipped conference and event rooms, which have been newly renovated, this 755-room hotel is both cutting-edge and classic.
Explore some of the city's numerous group-friendly recreation activities. Challenge friends or colleagues to a game of ping-pong - and grab some grub - at SPiN. Have a drink, play vintage arcade games or catch a concert at the mural-covered Emporium SF, set inside a historic theater-turned-church-turned-event-space. If that's not enough fun, swing by Urban Putt for some truly unconventional miniature golf.
DAY 3: Museum Day
A block from the CJM is one of the city's most beloved institutions: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the very first such institution on the West Coast when it opened in 1935, and still a must-visit destination for art lovers (not to mention planners, thanks to its unconventional event spaces for groups).
S.F. is a city of vast cultural offerings reflective of its diversity - sometimes all within just a couple of blocks, as is the case with the Yerba Buena arts district (also home of the Moscone Center). Visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which presents rotating exhibits exploring the Jewish experience, set in a stunning structure designed by Daniel Libeskind. While on-site, nosh on sandwiches and soup at Wise Sons Deli.
Also within the Yerba Buena arts district, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases works by artists from throughout the world who trace their roots back to Africa. In addition to the impressive displays, this venue hosts a packed lineup of evening talks, performances and readings.