Visit Oakland

Convention center5,946 sq. m
Guest Rooms5,000
Guest rooms at 1 hotel500 guest rooms
Special event venues34
Average room rate$209.00
Daily food cost$75.00
Occupancy rate14%
Tax rate9.25%

Visit Oakland


Why Choose Our Destination?

There’s a new movement in Oakland, CA – getting back to our progressive roots and challenging old ideas with state-of-the-art innovation. For meeting professionals, it’s the perfect creative incubator to think out-of-the-box and provide a unique and memorable experience for your event. Savor our trendy culinary scene, immerse yourself in our vibrant arts and nightlife, and soak up the proactive spirit The Town is known for. Home of the Black Panthers and on the cutting edge of pop culture influence, Oakland is the place to be for talent and progress. Accessibility and convenience is our prime asset. Oakland provides 64,000 square feet of convention center space located in the heart of the buzzing downtown district. With 4,900 sleeping rooms, a queue of hotels being renovated citywide and a remodeled Oakland International Airport with a variety of flight options makes Oakland the standout meetings destination in the Bay Area.

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Getting Here

Planes, trains, automobiles, ferries—there is a reason Oakland is considered a hub of the West Coast. Centrally located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, arrival to Oakland is easy, whether you’re coming by air, land or sea. The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the second largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights. Oakland’s Amtrak stations are served by multiple trains, connecting to cities such as Sacramento, Reno and Bakersfield, as well as daily routes to Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. Regionally, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system offers service to and from the East Bay and San Francisco, and the AC Transit bus system includes citywide transportation and Transbay connections to San Francisco. A Greyhound bus terminal can also be found near Downtown Oakland. A bustling port city, Oakland also offers transportation by the San Francisco Bay Ferry as well as guest slips for private boats along the estuary. If you’re traveling by car, driving to Oakland is a cinch, with multiple points of access along the I-880, I-580 and I-980. Air The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a breeze to navigate—it’s served by the new BART to OAK train, van shuttles, limousines, taxis and public transit buses. The airport is known for having some of the nation’s best on time arrivals and departures, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to spare to explore Oakland. Car Oakland is the hub of many of the Bay Area’s most commonly used interstate highways, providing a great base for exploring nearby cities such as San Francisco and Berkeley, wine regions in Napa and Sonoma County, and Northern California getaways to Tahoe and Yosemite. In addition to car rental offices located at Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Convention Center downtown, short-term rentals are available through City Car Share and Zip Car. Rail Trains Travelers can reach Oakland by train at Amtrak’s sleek modern station in Jack London Square with a 20% discount. Ride the San Joaquins route from the valley. Oakland is also a stop on the Capitol Corridor line, providing frequent connections between Sacramento and Silicon Valley.

Distance from airport

  • OAK

    14.48 km from city center

  • SFO

    35.41 km from city center

  • SJC

    51.5 km from city center


Local Attractions

Oakland Ale Trail

Oakland’s brewers are rooted in the spirit of the city’s earliest manufacturers, but this new breed of makers is developing flavor and style combinations that are making them stand out in the increasingly crowded world of American craft beer. The Oakland Ale Trail, developed by Visit Oakland in collaboration with a variety of partners from Oakland’s craft beer industry, celebrates the strength of the Oakland’s craft beer community. Grab your passport and go! Visit all of Oakland's brewery taprooms and earn a free Oakland Ale Trail branded growler!

Fox Theater

The Fox Oakland Theater, operated as a first-run movie house from 1928 until 1962. Today it hosts concerts by various recognizable artists and is one of the hottest venues in the Bay Area.
1807 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA, US

Oakland Urban Wine Trail

A trip to Oakland isn’t complete without tasting a little local flavor. Like everything else in Oakland, our wine scene is a little different. Oakland’s urban wineries are housed in renovated warehouse spaces, but the wine quality is second to none. Being so close to California wine country doesn’t hurt either, grapes are sourced from all over the state. Head out on Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail, stopping along the way to shop, eat, and explore all that Oakland has to offer.
481 Water St.
Oakland, CA, US 94607

East Bay Regional Parks

The oldest and largest regional park system in the country is celebrating its 80th birthday this year. A number of the 65 parks are located in The Town so get out and go for a hike, grab your mountain bike or just explore the Redwoods.

Oakland Zoo

Nestled into the Oakland Hills you’ll find African Lions, tigers, and elephants. This zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation and education.
9777 Golf Links Rd
Oakland, CA, US

Chabot Space and Science Center

The 86,000-square-foot center houses the largest public telescope in the United States, a 230-seat planetarium, and the large-screen Tien MegaDome theater. There are also numerous hands-on science and technology exhibits.
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA, US

Children’s Fairyland

It’s said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disneyworld, but that’s not why we love this storybook come to life. Whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals and inspired live entertainment is what keeps us coming back for more.
699 Bellevue
Oakland, CA, US

Morcom Rose Garden

If Lake Merritt is the jewel then the Rose Garden is the hidden gem. Thousands of exotic roses are in bloom from May – October providing truly beautiful photo opportunities.
700 Jean St
Oakland, CA, US