FAQs for Attending SF Design Week

SFDW is an annual week-long festival for 7 to 10 days in June and spans the Bay Area: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland, and Marin. It’s a community event and the producers work with local design associations, studios, agencies, corporations, universities, and museums to create workshops, lectures, panels, studio tours, exhibits, and installations. Attendees to these events can learn, be inspired and peek behind the scenes of some of the major innovators in the region.

Who can attend?

Anyone! All events, except those designated with This is a private event are open to the general public. Most events are ticketed and require pre-registration. If you do not have a ticket, you may be unable to attend.

How can members of the press register?

Members of the press are required to register by contacting press@sfdesignweek.org

What is the cost to attend?

Many of the events require a fee or purchase of a ticket to attend, however, each year SFDW strives to include free programming. The cost of tickets and fees to individual SFDW events range from $10-30. Half-day and full-day workshops range from around $50-$300. It’s always up to the company hosting the event to determine the ticket prices; most ticket prices reflect incurred expenses to produce an event; some hosts donate their ticket revenue to a local non-profit. Hosts with more resources may choose to make their events free, but please notenote that free events usually still require pre-registration

When do tickets go on sale?

May 15, 2020. We’ll publish the events on our site under the Events tab prior to the sale date to help you plan which events you want to attend. We do have some events that are published after the May 15th sale date, so it’s good to keep checking the event calendar. Many events sell out quickly!

How are SFDW events chosen?

Each year SFDW launches a call to host to the design community to participate as official hosts. The applications are then reviewed and those that are approved are added to our curated event calendar to create the best experience possible. The call to host goes out in November of the previous year and runs through the spring of the following year.

What’s the difference between attending and participating as a Community Host?

Attendees get to experience all the fun by registering for specific events and going to the events in June.
Community Host Participants are companies (or individuals) who have gone through the application process through our Call for Proposals and have been approved to host an event or open their doors during the official Studio Crawl, curate an exhibit or installation that speaks to the design community, be included on the Design Sights feature, or exhibit at the Design Hub at Pier 27. Official Community Host participants have rights to use the SFDW logo to announce their participation in San Francisco Design Week.

I’m not from SF, how do I get involved?

There are opportunities to participate at the Degin Hub at Pier 27, or host an exhibit or event in San Francisco. Contact maria@sfdesignweek.org for more information about how you can get involved.

I’m not a designer or affiliated with the design community, can I go?

Absolutely! Besides a few private/invite only events, the majority of events are open to anyone. Pre-registration is usually required.

How can I get involved if I’m not a designer or in the design community?

SFDW is produced by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and there are many volunteer opportunities during planning and production, and also on-site at events. For more information contact maria@sfdesignweek.org

What types of discounts are available?

Events specifically hosted by SFDW (and not a regular calendar listing) offer discounts and sometimes free tickets to students or anyone who needs assistance to cover the cost.

Why is there a fee attend an event?

Most hosts price need to charge for tickets to cover the expenses of hosting the event—food/beverage, security, and any materials, instructor or speaker fees. Some hosts choose not to charge a fee to attend.

Are all events accessible?

Contact the event host company listed on the event page for questions about accessibility. Each event is hosted by a member of the community, typically in their own space or a rented venue and therefore, have different procedures in place in regard to accessibility.

What should I expect from an event?

Read the event description and schedule for information about what to expect. Each event is completely different and the content depends on the host company planning the event. For any questions about what to expect, contact the event host listed directly.

Where is the calendar of upcoming events?

Tickets for SF Design Week do not go on sale until May 15th, 2020, at which time you can click on Events to view the calendar of upcoming events. Sign up for our Newsletter or follow us on social media to be notified or sent reminders for when tickets will go on sale.


Do tickets for events sell out?

Typically events sell out days and sometimes weeks before SFDW and some event sell out the day tickets go on sale on May 15, 2020. If you really want to attend a specific event, make sure you register ASAP and don’t wait until the last minute.

Why can’t I buy a ticket for every event in a bundle?

SFDW is a community event with over 300 independent hosts producing events. Event hosts events keep their own ticket sale and are only responsible for coordinating their own event. For this reason, we are unable to offer ticket bundles to multiple events.

How can I keep track of my schedule and all the events I have registered for?

All SFDW events manage ticket sales and registration through Eventbrite so attendees can easily track which events they’ve registered for via their personal Eventbrite account. We also recommend adding events to your personal calendar as soon as you register.

I bought my ticket, but I can’t go. Can I have a refund?

Contact the host of the specific event you are attending for their refund policy. Check the calendar listing on sfdesignweek.org/events for Host Name or your Eventbrite Ticket. Most hosts have a no-refund policy, however, if the event is sold out they might allow for it so that your seat can go to someone else.

Can I buy a ticket at the door on the day of the event?

Typically events sell out before the event date, so if you really want to go, make sure you register ahead of time.

What is the Hub?

The Design Hub at Pier 27 is two days features the Official SFDW Party, installations and exhibitions, and programming at the beginning of SFDW on June 24 and 25, 2020. We’ll announce details about what to expect and the programming calendar on the Hub page in the months leading up to SFDW 2020.

When is the Official SFDW Party and do I need a ticket?

The evening of June 24, 2020. The Official SFDW Party is a fundraiser for SFDW and requires pre-registration and purchase of a ticket.

Do I need a ticket to visit the Design Hub at Pier 27

The Hub is free and open to the public during the day on:

Wednesday, June 24th from 10am until 4pm

Thursday, June 25st from 10am until 4pm

On June 25th, 2020 at 4pm the Design Hub at Pier 27 closes and we focus attention on the first night of our Studio Crawl.

What is the Studio Crawl and how is it different from other events?

Each year SFDW produces two nights of Studio Crawls that feature local design studios that are in proximity to one another. The 2020 Studio Crawls will take place on Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6-9 pm.

Is parking available for the Design Hub at Pier 27 and events?

Check the individual event page for location and parking information. Typically parking is not offered or you’ll need to find street parking or a parking garage nearby. Many neighborhoods lack in street parking, so we recommend riding a bike, taking public transportation or rideshare/Lyft. There is no parking available at the Design Hub at Pier 27.

Is transportation provided to and from events?

No. You are responsible for your own transportation. We recommend riding a bike, taking public transportation or hailing a rideshare/Lyft.