Palmer Events Center: Connecting Business & Community!

Every month I look forward to hearing from the good folks in Austin, Texas. I’m always interested in knowing what they’re up to in terms of meetings and special events at its Palmer Events Center – mostly because its events are so wide-ranging in their appeal to the industry and community alike.
     For instance, in true Texas style, the Palmer Events Center has proven time and again its flair for seamlessly executing all sorts of activities, large or small, corporate or community-driven. Yes, every month it attracts the very serious side of business in terms of world-class conferences and forums that attract professionals and dignitaries from all over the globe; but, likewise, Palmer’s community-based events do that as well – attract people from almost anywhere – while greatly appealing to its surrounding citizenry.
     And now that spring has sprung, the city that’s known for its live music keeps the volume turned up high with an enviable number of activities at the center, indoors and out. At this writing, more than 14 are on the books for April 2024 alone. On the serious side, some of them are groups grounded in IT and security, open-source software, education, technology, and landscape architecture, as follows:

  1. The 2024 DIR Information Security Forum occurred as a two-day event, April 2-3. It was open to all levels of Texas government IT and security professionals and featured multiple educational tracks and breakout sessions, plus it was free to attend.
  2. The Texas Linux Fest was held April 12-13. What’s notable here is that it was the first, state-wide, annual community-run conference for Linux, as well as open-source software users and enthusiasts from across the state of Texas.
  3. The Austin ISD Teacher Career Fair was held on April 13. Attendees had the opportunity to meet campus principals, network, and learn what it means to call Austin ISD home.
  4. IIEX North America 2024 is scheduled for April 17-18. Then, attendees will discover groundbreaking ideas, engage in lively roundtables, and participate in hands-on demos as they explore the latest technologies, methodologies, and trends that are shaping the future now.
  5. The 2024 Texas ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Annual Conference comes up on April 24-26. The three-day event will feature educational sessions, networking opportunities, and more, designed especially for landscape architects.

     On the more community-minded side of things, some bookings are fun and interesting events, attracting everyone from graduating high schoolers to barbers and hairdressers, and from hopeful superstars of tomorrow to some mean rollerbladers – and even scary witches:


  1. IDEA Public School 2024 College Signing Day was at the Palmer Events Center on April 9. It was when students revealed their college decisions in front of friends, family, and classmates.
  2. The 5-Star Barber & Beauty Expo occurred on April 14. It featured networking opportunities, barber and beauty competitions, and industry-specific vendors.
  3. The Starpower National Talent Competition will take place April 20-21. Starpower is a dance competition for performers of all ages and levels to showcase their talents.
  4. The Texas Roller Derby returns to the center on April 27, featuring a banked-track roller derby with equal parts of sport and entertainment to a cheering crowd.
  5. The Austin Witchfest 2024 meets up at the end of the month, on April 28. Now that’s a spirited way to end a vigorous month of activities at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.

For the uninitiated, the Palmer Events Center (PEC) is a multi-purpose venue nestled next to Butler Park with a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. It is in close proximity to a strong
cluster of hotels with 11,000 guest rooms. The venue features a flexible floor plan with 125,000 gross square feet. Its two column-free exhibit halls provide 70,000 square feet of space, and 
its covered outdoor canopies offer an additional 50,000 square feet.

     For more information about this amazing destination and convention center of Austin, and how it can work wonders for your group log onto:

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