Host an Event

Hosting is a great way to be part of the conversation and make your mark.

San Francisco Design Week brings together a diverse group of designers, trade professionals, non-profits, entrepreneurs and businesses leaders to engage in conversation and celebrate design through a wide variety of lectures, workshops, mixers, open houses, social experiments, studio tours all over the Bay Area. We offer a variety of opportunities to collaborate on exhibitions and installations as well, contact us for more info or apply to be a host below.


Why host an event?

  • Supporting your design community during the largest coordinated design event in San Francisco
  • Official SFDW participant designation, with rights to use SFDW log and brand on promotions
  • Reach over 38,000 participating attendees, thought leaders, orgs and companies
  • Directly recruiting tool for hiring and partnerships
  • Exposure on our official event calendar and marketing communication
  • We set up Eventbrite for you- and hosts keep ticket revenue from their event

Registration is now closed.

 Questions? Contact the SFDW Events Team


Who gets involved?

In our 10th year, San Francisco Design Week has grown to represent a diverse and vibrant industry across many design disciplines. From small startups to enterprise businesses, our hosts run the gamut:


Industrial Design

Graphic Design

Bio Design

Design for Good

Landscape Design



Auto Industry


Product Design


Business of Design

Food Design

Experience Design




Service Design


Choose your Format


Individual presentation, either short-form (back-to-back) or a longer deep dive.


Great for intimate discussions or hands-on activities.


Dim the lights and screen pet projects, new documentaries or design classics.

Coffee With a Designer

Host an intimate conversation (up to 12) over coffee with a designer.

Happy Hour/ Mixer

Easy to set up and great for a casual event to meet other designers.

After Party

Guests unwind into the night after a busy day- limited spots available.


Lead a guided discussion with a diverse group on stage, followed by audience Q&A.


Schedule a gallery opening or design exhibition during SFDW.

Full Day Events

Create your own full day or two-day program on a topic of your choosing.

Studio Tour

Apply to host a tour during our widely attended two-night Studio Tour.

VIP Party

Host an official SFDW VIP event during the week.

Have questions?

Our Events Committee is happy to discuss with you the best strategy for choosing time slots, promotion of your event and best practices for hosts. Contact us


Peek at past events

2014 Events
2015 Events


Registration Fees

We’re a non-profit 501(3)c so the fee’s we collect cover promotional and marketing costs for your event leading up to and during design week. To continue serving the SF Design Community by producing this event we rely on these registration fees, sponsorship, donations and the goodness of others. Thank you for support!

Are you a Non-Profit? Registration fees are waived for registered non-profit organizations, and should use the Non-Profit Event Registration Form.

Registration fees:
Registering for multiple events? Contact us for a discount!

Studio Tour :
Early Bird $99

1-4 Hr Event:
Early Bird $200

Full Day Event :
Early Bird $350

2-Day Event:
Early Bird $700


Apply to host an event during SF Design Week 2016

Ready? Apply to have your event added to our calendar by completing the form linked below. We’ll be reviewing all applications to make sure the events are in line with the mission of SF Design Week and will be announcing participants. Once approved, we’ll be in touch and send your official SFDW Welcome Kit full of tips and templates to get you ready for your event. If you’re not accepted? Don’t be sad, we will refund your registration fee or work with you to create something that does reflect the spirit of the event.

Event registration is now closed.

Need some time? Our registration form requires some detailed information to make sure we schedule and configure your event correctly on our calendar. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability, this reserves your spot on the calendar! You can always make changes at a later time. To help as you collect information, we’ve created an Event Checklist, available for download here:

Registration Checklist

Event registration cutoff was April 15th.

We’ll be reviewing all applications to make sure the events are in line with the mission of SF Design Week over the next few weeks. Once approved, we’ll be in touch and send your official SFDW Welcome Kit full of tips and templates to get you ready for your event. Event applications not accepted into this years program will receive a fee refund.

Questions? Contact the SFDW Events Team