EASTERN OREGON’S PREMIER CONFERENCE FACILITY
With a history steeped in the heritage of the Old West, Pendleton, Oregon, is renowned for its world-famous rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up. Pendleton also has a reputation as a town that embodies the best Western traditions including fine craftsmanship and friendly hospitality.
Located next to the rodeo grounds, home of the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, the Pendleton Convention Center offers 40,000 square feet of floor space in 11 meeting and event rooms. The facility can accommodate as many as 5,000 people.
The 12,000-square-foot Main Hall holds up to 1,765 attendees in a theater-style arrangement or as many as 900 for a banquet. A total of nine meeting rooms surround the Main Hall providing options for breakout sessions or smaller meetings. The recently-expanded meeting rooms can each accommodate up to 100 attendees each, and some can be combined for medium-sized gatherings.
Built for flexibility, the Convention Center can accommodate everything from intimate business retreats or small conferences to large sporting events and trade shows. The spacious parking lot and the rodeo arena are ideal for large-scale outdoor events.
The Convention Center provides the latest in audiovisual equipment and support, while the recently upgraded WiFi is available throughout the facility. Locally owned Out West Catering provides freshly prepared food service for any size gathering with a diverse and customizable menu. Whether it is breaktime refreshments or a conference banquet, the catering service can accommodate your group. Free parking is available on the 500-car paved lot.
From the annual Pendleton Round-Up to conferences of all types, the city prides itself on providing Western hospitality and professional service to meetings and events of all sizes. The region offers a fine selection of activities for teambuilding, recreation or sight-seeing.
Historic downtown Pendleton, with plenty of shopping, restaurants and interesting sights is only a few blocks from the Convention Center. The town is famous for handcrafted leather goods and fine woolens, and there is a burgeoning arts scene highlighted by works produced by local Native Americans. Multi-day events will find more than 1,000 guest rooms within a few blocks of the Convention Center. From charming locally owned inns to large hotels, visitors will find a variety of options. The venue’s location in the middle of Pendleton’s compact, walkable downtown provides easy access to the cultural attractions, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
Planners looking for an interesting activity to entertain their group may want to check out the Pendleton Underground Tours. Tour visitors will be guided on a walk back in time to learn about the fascinating history of the town. Just outside of Pendleton, the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute offers exhibits about the Native tribes of the region and the impact on them by pioneer settlements.
The area around Pendleton offers a variety of outdoor activities. The area boasts several fine wineries, and Walla Walla, Washington, a renowned wine region is only about 30 minutes away.
Pendleton is located along I-84 midway between Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho. The three-and-one-half-hour drive from Portland treats visitors to the sights of the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Pendleton’s Eastern Oregon Regional Airport has daily round-trip flights to Portland International Airport.
Pat Beard, Convention Center manager