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Palmer Events Center - Austin, Texas

The Palmer Events Center (PEC) is a multipurpose venue nestled next to Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and Lady Bird Lake with a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. Located within a 3-mile radius of 11,000 hotel guest rooms, the venue features flexible floor plans with 125,000 gross square feet. Its two column-free exhibit halls provide 70,000 square feet of space, the building’s covered outdoor canopies offer an additional 50,000 square feet, and there are 5,000 square feet of meeting and reception space on the second level.

Located at 900 Barton Springs Road, the Palmer Events Center has hosted nearly 4 million people for 1,200-plus events since opening. With an adjacent 4-story, 1,200-space parking garage, the Palmer Events Center is (GBAC) STAR™ certified for cleaning and is LEED® Gold-certified for energy efficiency. There is complimentary Wi-Fi and wireless internet access throughout.


Parking at the Palmer Events Center

The Palmer Events Center has an adjacent 4-story, 1,200-space parking garage with accessible and alternative transportation parking options. You can catch the CapMetro 30 Barton Creek Square bus route before getting off at the Palmer Events Center and Long Center stop. You can also secure a bicycle at musical note and bat-shaped bicycle racks.

About the Venue

The Palmer Events Center’s design resembles a “Pavilion in the Park,” and the gently asymmetrical sloping roof forms a generous wrap-around porch, creating additional outdoor event space.

Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR Accreditation

The Palmer Events Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, the Palmer Events Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention for the facility. To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Palmer Events Center demonstrates compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures.

Green Building Gold Certification

The Palmer Events Center has a Gold Certification rating by the U.S. Green Building Councils – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) under Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance. The building’s green activities achieved positive outcomes for energy performance, efficient energy operations, water use reduction, responsible materials selection and waste management, and enhanced indoor environmental quality.

High Tech Features

With Austin being a hotbed for startups and advanced technology, the Palmer Events Center provides state-of-the-art convention technology to visitors. The gigabit-rated facility offers:

Catering, Food & Beverage Service

Austin Convention Center Catering, the Palmer Events Center’s food and beverage management division, is an exclusive service offering premier food and beverage preparation. The staff’s creativity is based on inspiration from its Southwest environment and culinary traditions. The catering team works with more than 30 area vendors to procure local ingredients as a basis for popular items such as street-style tacos, smoked meats and Tex-Mex dishes.


The Austin Convention Center Department, the operator of the Palmer Events Center, employs its own exclusive 24-hour security team. The cadre of dedicated uniformed security officers is highly experienced and trained to know the nuances of the Palmer Events Center building, property and the immediate downtown area. The security team’s leadership includes former City of Austin Police officers with more than 100 years of combined experience. The Security Division utilizes a strategic security approach that includes both physical and electronic mechanisms that will be visible during your event.

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