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Stockton, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 35
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,901
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 198
Committable Meeting Rooms* 13
Convention Center Space 20,400 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 35,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 5,548 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $56
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $226
*Maximum for a single hotel

Stockton, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting Planning and Event Guide to Stockton, a city guide written for meeting professionals. From its vibrant downtown waterfront district along the historic San Joaquin Delta to its world-class entertainment venues, Stockton is a city with the appeals of a central location, affordability, and a diverse selection of meeting venues, all major selling points for this Northern California destination. Set in California's Central Valley, between Yosemite National Park and coastal beaches, Stockton has both a small-town friendly feel and a big-city portfolio of exciting dining and shopping, lively festivals, and thriving arts organizations.

Stockton is situated 15 miles south of Lodi wine country, 45 miles south of capital city Sacramento, 83 miles east of San Francisco, and 101 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Visitors can reach Stockton via the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, but most fly into nearby Sacramento International Airport (60 miles away from Stockton), Oakland (67 miles), or San Francisco (85 miles). Less than an hour away, Sacramento International Airport serves as Northern California's gateway to air travel, accommodating more than 150 departures and arrivals per day. Sacramento International Airport offers nonstop service throughout North America, to such major markets as Chicago; Ontario CA; Atlanta; and New York. Once in Stockton, meeting delegates can access major downtown attractions via the San Joaquin Regional Transit District's downtown hopper service or connect with Sacramento Regional Transit via the San Joaquin Regional Transit District's interregional commuter service. Stockton's Greyhound and Amtrak stations make bus and rail transport possible.

The city of Stockton embarked upon a major economic expansion and revitalization in the early 21st century, resulting in a new indoor arena, baseball stadium, and marina, all set along Stockton's deepwater channel. Visitors and residents alike delight in the convenience of the new waterfront venues and the many restaurants and hotels that sit within steps of the new venues in Stockton, as well as enjoy the public art that lines the Joan Darrah Promenade. One such result of the revitalization effort, the 20,400-square-foot Stockton Arena, is the city's largest event venue, and the home of the Stockton Thunder professional hockey team. The arena sits adjacent to the new Banner Island Ballpark, 48-slip Stockton Marina, and 179-room University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, and offers seating for between 8,600 and 12,000 people depending on configuration. Groups can opt for full- or half-house seating, as well as gather in the arena's 24 luxury suites, club level, and 5,000 square feet of conference space.

Additional Stockton event venues include the new waterfront Banner Island Ballpark, which sits adjacent to the Stockton Arena. Home to the Stockton Ports, a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Oakland A's, the ballpark features 4,200 fixed seats, four luxury suites, two picnic areas, and an elevated club seating area, as well as a Kids Zone with a bounce house, giant slide, batting cages, and speed pitch. Groups can hold team-building events on the field, as well as rent out the seating bowl area and such spaces as the 200-person Ports Terrace, 200-person Club, 50-person Jackson Rancheria Back Porch, 30-person Conference Room, and 20-person Luxury Suite. In addition to the ballpark, groups can hold outdoor events at Oak Grove Regional Park, a 180-acre paradise with a 10-acre lake, nature center, 400-person amphitheater, and several barbecue-ready pavilions and shelters that accommodate between 30 and 500 people. Hold an event while cruising the rivers of the San Joaquin Delta aboard the 80-passenger California Sunset.

In addition to its remarkable outdoor venues, Stockton is also home to a number of performing arts and cultural venues that double as private event spaces. The downtown Stockton Civic Auditorium offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as such features as a stage with a proscenium arch, a kitchen, and a good-sized lobby area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stockton's Bob Hope Theatre showcases local arts, classic films, dance, comedy, and music productions. This “jewel of downtown” with 2,042 red velvet seats and a marble mosaic lobby floor Bob Hope Theatre also welcomes private events.

About Stockton, CA / Additional Info

Stockton is rich in Gold Rush history. Founded in 1849, Stockton functioned as a gateway location for supplies needed in nearby gold mining communities. After the end of the Gold Rush, Stockton became a center of agricultural transport for those products that thrived in Central California's warm and sunny climate. Adding major industrial and transportation center to its repertoire, especially after the Port of Stockton opened as California's first inland seaport in 1933, Stockton still enjoys its reputation as a busy commercial district today. Its location at the head of a navigable channel has made it a strong transport locale, while its rich peat soil and temperate climate make the Stockton area one of the richest agricultural and dairy regions in California. The major crops currently grown in the region include cherries, tomatoes, walnuts, almonds, and asparagus. Stockton's pride in its agricultural past and present is perhaps most evident in its annual Asparagus Festival, a popular event that draws more than 100,000 visitors each year and is the state's largest charitable festival.

Stockton is endowed with family-friendly attractions, outdoor recreation, entertainment venues, dining, and shopping. The Northern California historic waterfront city and San Joaquin County seat is home to more than 100,000 trees and is connected by 1,000 miles of waterways. This picturesque city is also home to California's oldest university, University of the Pacific, as well as California State University Stanislaus – Stockton, San Joaquin Delta College, and Humphreys College and School of Law. In fact, the University of the Pacific's Ivy League ambiance and setting has made it a frequent location for major production filming.

Stockton has enjoyed cultural and ethnic diversity since its beginnings as a Gold Rush camp. The city's large Chinese, Mexican, Japanese, and Filipino populations have made immeasurable contributions to the development of the city. Stockton continues to expand as a fast-growing community and already enjoys the title 13th-largest city in California. Stockton's diversity can be seen from its street names to its architecture, as well as its ethnic festivals and sites. One such site is the striking Cambodian Buddhist Temple, or Wat Dhammararam, which showcases more than 90 larger-than-life, bejeweled statues that celebrate the life and story of the Cambodian Buddha.

Aside from its reputation as a strong agricultural, economic, and ethnically diverse destination, Stockton is known for its thriving arts and cultural scene. The city's renovated historic buildings, parks, and plazas are surrounded by such cultural highlights as the renowned Haggin Museum. Set in the center of Victory Park, the museum features fine-art and history galleries and houses the largest museum collection of major Albert Bierstadt works, including breathtaking panoramas of the Yosemite Valley. The third-oldest continuously performing orchestra in California, the city's very own Stockton Symphony, presents classics and pop series in venues at the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College. One of the oldest continuously performing community theaters in the United States, the Stockton Civic Theatre produces Broadway-quality musicals and classic plays, as well as arts education programs.

When it's time for a little retail therapy, visitors and residents turn to Stockton's famed Miracle Mile, a hot spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Miracle Mile is home to the popular Valley Brew, a microbrewery and restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. Additional Stockton restaurants include Bud's Seafood Grille, an award-winning eatery known for its fish and chips and fresh seafood selections. Offering locations throughout Stockton, Casa Flores serves traditional Mexican fare in a warm, friendly setting, while Papapavlo's Bistro & Bar specializes in Continental cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Last but not least, Mezzo serves eclectic Mediterranean offerings, makes all of its pastas, sauces, mozzarella, ricotta, and sausages fresh daily, and sources all of its produce, meats, and seafood both locally and sustainably.

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