Why Choose SMCEC

Complete Peace Of Mind

Our event center provides solutions for all sizes and types of events. Private, corporate, public events, indoor and outdoor events are our expertise. We host hundreds of event yearly and we have the team, services and elements for success. 





Location Convenience

The San Mateo County Event Center is the only venue accessible by all local major freeways.


Our location also offers easy access to San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Oakland (OAK) – all within 30 minutes driving time.


The Cal Train station is just a short walk away providing local transportation alternatives between San Jose and San Francisco.

Event Spaces

SMCEC boasts over 195,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space split across seven buildings.

There’s lots of outdoor event spaces and plenty of parking between our East, West, and South Parking lots.

Elements Of Success

  • Accessibility
  • Space
  • In-House Services
  • Catering and Concessions Options
  • Parking/RV Parking
  • Security Services
  • AV/Technology Capabilities
  • Lighting/Decorating Flexibility
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Take The tour

Feel free to browse the building maps and photos and then contact our sales team to book a tour of the facilities. We are more than happy to help you find the perfect solution for your event needs.

Professional Staff

Our team of professionals are available when you require innovative thinkers and flexible approaches.

We provide a single point of contact available 24/7 for events.

Thank you very much for allowing us to use your event center. The venue here is incredible. We were able to get everything in one building and it's all close by, very handy and the consultants are excellent. It is one of the best facilities that we've been at over a number of years.

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Dr. Clelan "Butch" Ehrler
CDA President

Many thanks to your entire team at SMEC for hosting our leadership conference last week. It was a wonderful and memorable experience for all of our attendees.

Garrett Wun

San Mateo County Event Center staff and facility are an excellent choice for a large scale event. They are flexible, friendly and always willing to work with you to make your event a success.

Jackie Waldorph

I have been working with the staff at San Mateo for two years now, and have found everyone—from the maintenance staff to senior management to be delightful to work with—responsive to our needs, willing to work out problems, and personally great to work with. It has made all the difference to me, as I am new at putting on trade shows and I would not have been able to do so well without them. We are there five times a year, so that means a lot!

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Suzanne De Groot
Fashion Market Northern California

Hosting hundreds of events each year

The County Fair started as the “Little Flower Show” in 1926 at McKinley School in Burlingame. The Fair was cancelled during the Great Depression. In 1935 it was renamed the San Mateo County Products & Floral Fiesta and took place at Bay Meadows Racetrack. In 1939 the San Mateo County Fair Association was incorporated and the San Mateo County Fair became an annual community event enjoyed by all.


Over the years the San Mateo County Event Center has evolved to become the Bay Area’s top destination for consumer and trade events, meetings, festivals, corporate events, sporting events and much more.

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