Named for a hugely popular livestock exposition in San Francisco, the Cow Palace opened as an expo and attractions venue in 1941 Ð an entire two decades after the original idea was proposed. The Cow Palace encouraged schools to keep up with agricultural projects. The biggest show to the venue was Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, which began its tenure at the Cow Palace in 1948 and ended in 2013. Since then, the Cow Palace has hosted numerous celebrity appearances, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, Elton John, The Beatles and Metallica. Events run the gamut from major sports games and concerts to hobby expos, political conventions and animal attractions. The Cow Palace's most popular annual expositions include the Grand National Rodeo, the Body Art Expo, Disney on Ice and the Dickens Christmas Fair. Snag the best Cow Palace tickets from StubHub today.
What is the seating capacity for Cow Palace events?
The Cow Palace seating capacity is for a total of 16,500 guests. It features multi-level seating on decks, elevated risers and VIP boxes.
Does the venue offer on-site parking?
Guests attending Cow Palace events have on-site parking in a subdivided parking plan that includes the upper parking lot, main lot and south lot. Regular parking spaces accommodate vehicles up to 20 feet. Buses and RVs must have pre-approved permits for parking in designated lots.
What are the food and drinks offered in or around the Cow Palace venue?
Concessions and merchandise stands are located on the first and second levels of Cow Palace's Exhibit Buildings. Outside food and drink are prohibited.
Is this a family-friendly venue for all ages?
The Cow Palace is a family-friendly venue for most events. Children under 18 aren't permitted without an adult. The events and shows are mostly family-friendly, but it's at the discretion of a child's parent or guardian to make that decision.
Are there other entertainment options nearby?
Daly City is in the midst of the Greater Bay Area, so attendees to the Cow Palace are within a half-hour or less to most major California attractions. The Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf are half-hour BART or MUNI metro rides into San Francisco. Downtown San Francisco's restaurants, AT&T Park and historic museums are located 20 minutes from Cow Palace.
Can I get to the venue via public transportation?
The Cow Palace is located alongside multiple forms of public transportation, including the MUNI Metro and SamTrans stops. For attendees arriving by passenger services, such as Taxi or Uber, there is a passenger drop-off and pick-up zone on Geneva across from the Cow Palace's main parking lot.Back to Top