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Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
San Francisco

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Located on the San Francisco Bay, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is the most versatile place to hold a huge event or a small meeting and includes the Festival Pavilion, Gallery 308, Cowell Theater, Fire House and Meeting and Activity Spaces.

Meeting capacity
Theatre capacity
Reception capacity

Fort Mason Center has 12 venues with 75,000 square feet of space, ranging from 500 to 50,000 square feet. So whether your event is a dance class for five or a festival for 3,000, there is plenty of space for everything. Not to mention, there are some of the best views that San Francisco offers – at no extra charge.

Festival Pavilion

  • 50,000 sq. ft. with capacity up to 3,000 and direct vehicular access
  • 483 ' x 110 ' x 22 ' (to bottom of girders)
  • Capacity: 5,000 reception
  • Clear-span exhibit space with space for up to 180 10’x10’ booths
  • 2 show offices on ground level
  • VIP bar, reception or café area on mezzanine level

Gallery 308

The newly renovated Gallery 308 (formerly known as the Conference Center) offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin.

Located in Landmark Building A at the edge of San Francisco Bay, Gallery 308 is used for a wide range of corporate and private functions: business meetings, private parties, art exhibits, trade shows, fund-raisers and auctions, pop-up stores, workshops, classes, creative installations and other special events. Blackout shades, state-of-the-art lighting and robust A/V capabilities are helpful for seminars and presentations.

Golden Gate Room

  • 3,800 sq. ft.
  • 48 ' x 79 ' x 27 ' h
  • Capacity: 400 theater, 400 reception, 150 banquet/sit-down, 184 classroom
  • Easily adapted into any audio, visual or seating set-up
  • Connects to the Marina Room
  • Linen service available


Perfect for everything from corporate retreats and business meetings to private parties, book signings, classes, art openings and more, the Firehouse is a charming special event space. A mission-style building with tiled roof, large windows, and exterior sliding doors that open to a spectacular outdoor space that overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The Firehouse interior is fully carpeted and accented with track lighting. It may also be used in conjunction with other Fort Mason Center meeting rooms to complete a larger conference or exhibition.

  • 1,937 sq. ft.
  • 27 ' x 44 ' x 14 ' h
  • Capacity: 110 theater 80 reception 80 banquet/sit-down 50 banquet/sit-down with dance floor 54 classroom
  • Ideal for receptions, meetings, lectures and workshops
  • Linen service and some A/V available

Cowell Theater

A world-class theater with many breathtaking views located on the iconic San Francisco waterfront at the north of Pier 2. Located at the north end of Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, the hub of the most-attended urban national park in the country, Cowell Theater is home to a kaleidoscopic array of diverse programs unequalled anywhere in the Bay Area: dance, theater, seminars, conferences, community events, corporate events and benefits.


  • Wood floor with flat black pylon surface
  • 40 ' x 22 ' proscenium opening, 40' x 31' playing area with 20 ' wings
  • L'Air sprung wood overlay floor and black marley floor covering available for entire stage


  • Theater capacity: 437 plush seats
  • Raked seating
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • 114 dimmers over stage: 66' x 30' cross grid in 4' x 4' sections, dead hung, 24' above stage


  • 1 Soundcraft Delta 24 x 4 x 2 mixer, 4-Aux, 2 pre-amp; 2 post-fader
  • 1 center cluster consisting of 2 Myers UPA - 1A speakers and amp; 1 Myers USW - 1 sub-woofer
  • 2 Myers UPA-1A speakers, hung left and right of proscenium
  • Clear-Com communication system to 20 locations, 5 headsets, 5 belt packs, 2 remote stations


  • Loading ramp to stage right area
  • Green Room with full communications to stage and booth
  • 4 dressing rooms with shower, sink, wc, stage monitor, mirrors and make-up tables with lights
  • 1 wheelchair accessible dressing/wardrobe room
  • Dressing room capacity for approximately 30


  • 2,000 sq. ft. lobby/reception area
  • In-house concessionaire/concessions stand

Meeting and Activity Spaces

Located in Fort Mason Center’s Landmark Buildings B and C at the edge of San Francisco Bay, the Meeting and Activity rooms range in capacity from 8 to 100 people with a variety of set-up possibilities. Fort Mason has five Meeting and Activity Spaces; perfect for corporate meetings, classes, training rooms, rehearsals, retreats, exhibits, seminars, workshops and children’s birthday parties.

Rooms are equipped with:

  • Wall dry-erase board
  • Projection screen
  • Tables and chairs (all)
  • Seated capacity: 50

Available amenities include:

  • Easels
  • Linen service
  • Phone line
  • Projector

Global Gourmet Catering is proud to be a preferred catering services provider for the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture!

What We Love About This Venue
The Festival Pavilion is a huge, raw warehouse building offering a clean blank slate which is rare in San Francisco. It can be transformed into amazing receptions with the capacity for a large group. Fort Mason is located right on the water with the most amazing views of the Bay. It has convenient parking for cars, buses and other forms of transportation.

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