Our conference venue, the Palace of Fine Arts, is located on Marina District on 3301 Lyon Street, near the Golden Gate Bridge waterfront. The area is one of San Francisco’s most beautiful areas, with breathtaking views of the bridge and Alcatraz Island. Parking spots are limited (ca. 80 spots), so we definitely recommend public transportation or coming by a Lyft, taxi, Sidecar, and Carma. Our workshop venue will be The San Francisco State University — Downtown Campus, really close to Powell St. BART/MUNI Metro Station. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Amanda — she’ll make sure to assist you with any questions.
Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to exhibit works of art, this beautiful structures is one of the top tourist must–see locations in San Francisco. Renovated and reopened in 1970 — and updated in 2009, this stunning architecture and lavish theater is somewhere we are so happy to call home for a few days! Image credit: Brook Ward.
The Downtown Campus of San Francisco State University is unlike any campus we’ve seen before. This unique campus takes place on the 6th floor of the Westfield San Francsico Centre, with all classrooms configured around a vertical glass-enclosed atrium that offers wonderful views in all directions from the historic sky-lit dome, across to adjoining classrooms and below to shopping activity.
The Presidio is one of the more upscale neighborhoods in the city, so parking in residential areas can be tricky. Please use public transportation or carpool if possible.
Since parking lots are always limited, we definitely recommend getting to the Palace of Fine Arts by public transportation. You can take San Francisco Muni buses #28, #29, #30, or #43. Buses #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the nearby vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus which drops you right at the entrance.
If you’re coming in through the SFO airport, you can also hop on a BART train and getting off at the Montgomery Street station. Walk a half block up to Market and Third Street, then take the #30 Stockton bus straight to the Palace of Fine Arts.
The BART station at SFO is located in the International Terminal, a short walk from United Airlines in Terminal 3 and a slightly longer walk from Terminal 1 (you can also take the free AirTrain to get to the BART station). The BART ride from SFO to San Francisco downtown costs $8.65 one-way and runs frequently, every 15 or 20 minutes. Ticket machines accept cash and debit cards and the ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District on Lyon Street, near the Golden Gate Bridge waterfront. While there aren’t many allocated parking spots, guide provides all the information you need to get to the venue.
Our workshop venue will be The San Francisco State University — Downtown Campus, really close to Powell St. Station.
For those traveling by plane, the San Francisco Airport is connected to Downtown SF by the BART system.
We are not affiliated with any hotel in SF, unfortunately. As the conference is at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Presidio and the Workshops are SFSU: Downtown Campus, you can’t go wrong staying in either of these locations. Below is a list of some of our favorite hotels in SF and their average nightly pricing.
Anywhere you go - you can take a bus or Lyft for only a few dollars - which makes the whole SF area viable for you if you are willing to travel to get there.