The Venue

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The Palmer Events Center

About Us

The Palmer Events Center (PEC) is situated in Butler Park, a beautiful, 54-acre city park located along the shores of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). The 131,000 square foot multi-use events center opened in 2002 and has been the facility of choice for many public consumer shows, trade shows, conferences, banquets, receptions, concerts, dances and society balls. The building itself is just as pretty as its surroundings, featuring natural limestone and a gently sloping asymmetrical roof, wood trusses and decking, textured concrete, its own pond and some of the best views in the city. Additionally, ceiling fans 20 feet in diameter are located above the covered outdoor, wrap-around terrace.

Parking

PARKING AND DIRECTIONS

Location: The Palmer Events Center is located at 900 Barton Springs Rd.

Parking is available at the Palmer Parking Garage, adjacent to the facility with two entrances (from Barton Springs Road or Riverside Drive).

Cost: Parking is $8 for most events; special event rates will be as posted.

Motorcycle Parking:

There are dedicated parking spaces for motorcycle and scooter parking within the Palmer garage.

(Please do not park motorized vehicles on any Palmer sidewalks or in designated bicycle parking areas.)

Bicycle Parking:

Bicycle parking is available at bike racks located outside both the North and South entrances to the parking garage.

Overflow Parking:

Over-flow parking at One Texas Center Parking Garage will be available for certain major events and over-flow parking when the Palmer Events Center Garage reaches capacity. The One Texas Center Garage is available to the public after 6:00 PM on weekdays and during the day or evening on weekends (cost: if open on a fee basis - $7.00 per car, fee paid at booths upon entering garage). The garage is located next to the Homestead Suites Hotel on the south east corner of Barton Springs Road and South First Street behind the One Texas Center building. The garage may be accessed by Haywood Avenue (off of Riverside Drive), the drive off of Barton Springs Road, or the drive off of South First Street.

Other Transportation:

Capital Metro has provided the following bus stops near Palmer Events Center. Please call Capital Metro directly with any questions regarding their routes. The may be reached at (512) 474 1200.

Bus stops near Palmer Events Center:

South 1st Street and Riverside

South 1st Street and Barton Springs Road

300 Barton Springs Road

Congress and Riverside

Congress and Barton Springs Road

Taxi Cab information:

Yellow Cab Austin (512) 452-9999

Austin Cab Company (512) 478-2222

Mobility Impaired Parking:

Mobility Impaired Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Garage on all levels located near elevators. Beginning November 1, 2009 only the following patrons will receive complimentary garage parking: vehicles with a specialty license plate for recipients of the Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Medal of Honor and Legion of Merit Medal; vehicles with a specialty license plate for recipients of the Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Prisoners of War and Disabled Veterans.

Parking Contacts:

For more information or should you need to speak to a Garage Supervisor, please call (512)404-4185

900 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

Directions

From the South, I-35

Take I-35 North

Exit Riverside Drive and go West (left)

Travel West on Riverside Drive to South 1st Street, then

  • To enter the parking garage from Barton Springs Road (South side entrance):

    Turn South (left) on South 1st Street

    Turn West (right) on Barton Springs Road

    The Palmer entrance will be on your right side, just past the Palmer marquee

  • To enter the parking garage from Riverside Drive (North side entrance):

    Continue West on Riverside to the traffic circle and turn around to return in the eastbound lane

    The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right side

From the North, I-35

    Take I-35 South

    Exit Riverside Drive and go West (right)

    Travel West on Riverside Drive to South 1st Street, then

    • To enter the parking garage from Barton Springs Road (South side entrance):

      Turn South (left) on South 1st Street

      Turn West (right) on Barton Springs Road

      The Palmer entrance will be on your right side, just past the Palmer marquee

    • To enter the parking garage from Riverside Drive (North side entrance):

      Continue West on Riverside to the traffic circle and turn around to return in the eastbound lane

      The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right side

    From the South, MOPAC (Loop 1)

    Take MOPAC (Loop 1) North and exit Barton Spring Road

    Travel East on Barton Springs Road to Lamar Blvd, then

    • To enter the parking garage from Barton Springs Road (South side entrance):

      Continue on Barton Springs Road past Dawson Road

      The Palmer entrance is on the left side, just before the Palmer marquee

    • To enter the parking garage from Riverside Drive (North side entrance):

      Turn North (left) on Lamar Blvd

      Turn East (right) on Riverside Drive

      The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right

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    • From the North, MOPAC (Loop 1)

      Take MOPAC (Loop 1) South and exit W 1st Street/W Cesar Chavez Street

      Follow Cesar Chavez to Guadalupe Street and veer right onto South 1st Street

      Travel South on the South 1st Street Bridge across Lady Bird Lake to Riverside Drive, then

      • To enter the parking garage from Barton Springs Road (South side entrance):

        Continue South on South 1st Street to Barton Springs Road

        Turn West (right) on Barton Springs Road

        The Palmer entrance will be on your right side, just past the Palmer marquee

      • To enter the parking garage from Riverside Drive (North side entrance):

        Turn West (right) on Riverside Drive

        The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right side

        Continue West on Riverside to the traffic circle and turn around to return in the eastbound lane

        The Palmer entrance is just past the Long Center on the right side

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