San Francisco's Historic Moscone Center

Jun 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Burke Gibney


SEMICON West is coming to San Francisco, and you need to be there! The conference has been updated to keep up with the industry and its trends. Come connect with Micron, Cisco, Samsung, Intel, Audi, and many other industry leaders, as well as customers and potential customers. SEMICON West will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from July 12 - 14.

SEMICON West is coming to Moscone Center in San Francisco!


The Moscone Center is the largest convention center and exhibition hall in San Francisco and is located right in the heart of the city. The Center, begun in 1981, is made up of two underground halls and a three-story exhibition hall. The Moscone center is named after former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, who was assassinated in 1978.

VMWorld, MacWorld Expo, The Game Developers Conference, and Oracle OpenWorld are only some of the many high-profile events that have taken place at the Moscone Center over the years. With an expansion in 1992 and another in 2003, the Center currently occupies a total of 900,000 square feet! The Center installed solar panels on the roof in 2004, marking a major step forward for the City of San Francisco in their quest to use renewable energy.


The South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood that houses the Moscone Center is known for its culture: museums, restaurants, galleries, and performing arts centers. Take advantage of your time at SEMICON West and add on a genuine San Francisco Experience

Take advantage of your time at SEMICON West and add on a genuine San Francisco Experience!



  • Yerba Buena Gardens. A small oasis of green in the middle of a busy city, Yerba Buena Gardens provides a nice place for a coffee break or a walk, as well as multiple museums, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the Museum of the African Diaspora.
  • In the same area is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which features ballets, plays, and many other performing arts events. The Samovar Tea Lounge provides high-quality delicious food and tea from around the world.

  • World-Class Restaurants. North Beach Restaurant is known as San Francisco’s top Italian restaurant, and that’s saying something! Jillian’s has a billiards room and shows many sporting events on the large screen, as well as having delicious California cuisine. Amber India is great for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Try one of their creative cocktails as well as fun non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Hotels. The InterContinental San Francisco is very close to the Moscone Center and is a luxurious place to recover from a day at SEMICON West and includes a fitness center, bar, hot tub, spa, and pool. The Four Seasons is also very close.



Mayor George Moscone, along with Supervisor Harvey Milk, was assassinated in 1978 by former City Supervisor Dan White. The Moscone Center was named for the mayor, but he had actually opposed the development of the area, championing the low-income and elderly residents in the neighborhood. It was eventually approved as a ballot measure, and the Moscone Center was built in 1981.

The Democratic Convention nominating Walter Mondale to run against incumbent Ronald Reagan was held at the Moscone Center. This was the first time a woman (Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President) had been nominated for President or Vice President by any major political party.


Driving in this part of San Francisco can be hectic, and parking tends to be expensive. If possible, take public transportation, and if you’re staying in a hotel and renting a car, check your hotel’s cost for parking—you may want to ditch the rental car.

  • BART is the Bay Area’s commuter train. It’s not conveniently accessed in all areas of the city, but the Powell Street Station is only a few blocks from the Moscone Center. BART can get you to other parts of San Francisco, as well as to both the San Francisco and Oakland Airports, and to Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, and other parts of the East Bay.
  • Insider tip: Keep your ticket after you enter BART, you will need it to exit! When you enter BART, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be automatically deducted and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will read "Underpaid: Go to Addfare." A nearby Addfare vending machine will tell you how much additional fare you must add to your ticket to exit the BART system.
  • MUNI shares the Powell Street Station with BART if you need to go somewhere in the city. MUNI buses and trains provide very good coverage in all of San Francisco.
  • Cal Train connects San Francisco to the South Bay and the Peninsula: San Jose, Millbrae, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, and other parts of Silicon Valley. The Cal Train station at Fourth & Townsend takes you very close to the Moscone Center.

San Francisco is an amazing city full of culture, history, and technology. It is well worth taking the extra time to explore while you are attending SEMICON West. Moscone is right in the heart of the action, so it will be easy for you to jump out of the convention and see some great spots.

Check back to our blog next week as our SEMICON West coverage continues! We’ll have the inside scoop on the agenda highlights and speakers you won’t want to miss!

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