The Cow Palace

Community Support

The Cow Palace is more than an entertainment venue, it is a valuable community resource.

Here are some of the ways we serve our community.

SF-Marin Food Bank

The Cow Palace serves as an important distribution location every Friday morning for the Food Bank.

Emergency Response

The Cow Palace is poised to provide shelter and support in times of disaster, for people, animals, and livestock. Support from the County of San Mateo through Measure K funds has provided the means to upgrade key parts of the facility and purchased needed supplies and equipment.

The Cow Palace is also a founding member of California Emergency Response and Resiliency Venues and Fairgrounds (CERRVF) and has hosted emergency response exercises for the Bay Area region.

Small Business Support

We’ve hosted the “Passion to Profit” entrepreneurial conference and Daly City/Colma Chamber member mixer. We encourage our guests to patronize local restaurants and bars by sharing the “Eat-Drink Excelsior” map and serving as a promotional partner for “Chow Fun,” an annual dining celebration in the local area.

San Francisco Farm Bureau

The Cow Palace is a proud founding member of the newly chartered San Francisco Farm Bureau.

Step into the Light

In 2023, the Cow Palace launched its annual youth arts competition, inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at his speech given at the Cow Palace in 1964. The contest encourages high school youth to use their voices in creative ways to shine a light on issues that concern them. Generously sponsored by Genentech and Serramonte Ford.

Reading Rodeo

This partnership with the San Francisco Library encourages literacy and ag education for students in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, and our young guests who visit the rodeo. Students who read 10 books over the summer receive a ribbon and free ticket to the rodeo. Young visitors to the rodeo receive a free book of their choosing, about farming, agriculture, ranching, equipment, or environmental science. Books are generously donated by the San Francisco library.