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Our team works tirelessly to make sure everything is pristine and running at full speed, so the Palmer Events Center is a productive member of the community all can utilize. Whether you are our next-door neighbor or from out of town, we want everything we deliver you to be first class.

Who we are

Who We Are

The Palmer Events Center (PEC) is a multi-purpose venue nestled next to Butler Park with a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. We are in close proximity to a strong cluster of hotels with 11,000 guest rooms.

Our venue features a flexible floor plan with 125,000 gross square feet. Its two column-free exhibit halls provide 70,000 sq. ft. and its covered outdoor canopies offer an additional 50,000 sq. ft.


The Palmer Events Center (PEC) actually dates back to 1940 when the City of Austin purchased an airplane hangar on the south shores of Town Lake. The hangar was then converted into an all-purpose City Coliseum that opened to the public in 1949. Approval from voters for a whole new structure, the Lester E. Palmer Events Center, went through in the 1998 bond election. This vote brought to life what many know today as the PEC.

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We are 100 percent powered by renewable energy from Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program. Our comprehensive recycling, reuse, and composting program diverts 50 percent of all waste generated from landfills.

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The central mission of the Austin Convention Center Department is to provide outstanding event facilities and services to our customers, so they can have a positive experience.

“You provide great customer service and are amazing at being proactive and anticipating our needs.”

- Windy Leal, Austin Independent School District; 2018 Urban Education Team 2.0

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