The Cow Palace

History

A beacon of entertainment and community nestled in Daly City, California.

Since its inception in 1941, the Cow Palace has stood as a testament to the enduring spirit of the American West, hosting a myriad of iconic events and shaping the cultural landscape of the region.

Established in 1941

The idea for the Cow Palace originated at the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, where the livestock exposition was a popular attraction.

The San Francisco Exposition Company was formed in 1925 to finance the project, and the land was purchased in the Marina District, the same location as the 1915 fair. The Cow Palace was conceived during a time of great economic and social change in America. Built as part of the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) initiative, its construction provided much-needed jobs and economic stimulus during the Great Depression.

Originally envisioned as a venue to showcase livestock and agricultural prowess, the Cow Palace quickly evolved into a multifaceted entertainment destination.

Throughout its storied history, the Cow Palace has played host to an eclectic array of events that have left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness. From world-renowned concerts featuring music legends such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, to electrifying sporting events like professional wrestling and championship rodeos, to civil rights gathers including speaking events with Dr. Martin Luther King, the Cow Palace has been the stage for unforgettable moments in the San Francisco, Bay Area.

The Cow Palace’s significance extends far beyond its role as a mere entertainment venue.

It has served as a cultural hub, bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate their shared passions and heritage. From the annual Grand National Rodeo, a beloved tradition that celebrates the rich traditions of the American West, to political and religious conventions and community gatherings, the Cow Palace has been a place where memories are made and cherished for generations.

Despite the passage of time and the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment industry, the Cow Palace remains as vibrant and relevant as ever.

As we reflect on the illustrious history of the Cow Palace, we invite you to join us in celebrating its legacy and forging new memories that will endure for years to come. Whether you’re attending a thrilling rodeo, cheering on your favorite band, or hosting your own event, the Cow Palace welcomes you with open arms to be a part of its rich tapestry of history.

A Bay Area Landmark

Cow Palace has been a cornerstone of entertainment and community since its opening in 1941. With a rich heritage spanning over eight decades, the Cow Palace continues to captivate audiences and host unforgettable events that leave a lasting impression.