FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AT THE FLOWER SHOW
What are the dates and hours of the next Show?
March 20-24, 2013; Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where can I purchase Show tickets and how much are they?
Tickets for the 2013 Show are on sale now. Visit our Tickets page for more information. You can purchase tickets at a local nursery or garden center near you. Go to the Ticket Outlet page for more information.
What is the best way to get to the Show?
For directions, parking information, and other transportation options, visit our Transportation page.
Are there hotels near the Show and do they offer special Show rates?
The San Francisco Flower Show has arranged special rates – ranging from $109 to $125 a night – with several of San Mateo's finer hotels. Many of these rates include discounts on meals. The hotels are close to the San Mateo Event Center where the Flower Show is held. For more information, please visit our Hotels page.
Can I go in and out of the Show during the day?
Yes. Just remember to keep your ticket and have your hand stamped as you exit. Remember also that you have to pay the parking fee again if you want to re-enter with your car.
Do Show tickets allow multiple entries over a few days?
The Early Bird Adult and General Adult tickets are only good for one day of the Show. You can purchase an All-Show Pass that will admit you all 5 days. Adult tickets can be upgraded at the door for the All-Show Pass for $15. Visit our Ticket prices page to purchase your tickets now. Youth 16 years of age and under are FREE!
Is photography allowed (still and video)?
On the garden floor and other main Show exhibit areas, both still and video photography are encouraged. No photographs are allowed during the seminars.
What times are best to see the Show without the crowds?
One can most comfortably see the Show on weekdays and from mid-afternoon on every day. Half-day tickets, good after 3 p.m. Wed-Sat (2 p.m. on Sunday), are available at a discount. Visit our Tickets page to find out more.
Are strollers allowed at the Show?
Strollers are allowed. A child backpack can also useful.
What dining options are there at the Show?
The San Mateo Event Center operates several food options at the Show. This year there will be more food options than ever. Food vendors will be located around the lawns on the North side of Fiesta Hall.
Is the San Mateo Event Center accessible to disabled persons? Are there wheelchairs available? Where is parking for disabled persons?
The San Mateo Event Center in California is accessible to disabled persons with parking available in the main lot (the parking attendants will direct you). The show does have wheelchairs (first come, first served) available at the Information Booth at the East Gate.
Keep in mind that it can be difficult to navigate through the show during peak hours, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and on the weekend days.
Is there a place to leave plants and other purchases during the day? How can I get large items to my car?
There is one free package check location in Fiesta Halls. They should be able to assist Show-goers in getting large items to their cars. Go to the Show Services page for more information.
Are advance reservations or tickets available for the Show seminars?
Seminar seating is strictly on a first-come first-served basis. Many do fill quickly, so be prepared to arrive at least 30 minutes early for popular speakers. Be sure to check out the complete Seminar schedule and plan ahead!
What is the parking fee?
Ample Show parking is available at the San Mateo Event Center, CA. Parking prices are $12 per day for a car, $20 per day for a bus.
How can I get more information about attending or exhibiting at the Show?