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Feel the Magic at the 174th Annual Communication

At the Annual Communication, the Masons of California gather for business and fun.

There’s a special buzz in the air each fall as the Masons of California gather for the Annual Communication, the largest fraternal gathering of the year. And this year, that feeling should be even more otherworldly than ever, with a magic-themed grand master’s gala. Come and join in on the action at the Annual Communication, our yearly opportunity to come together for a weekend-long celebration of Freemasonry, to vote on important legislation, and to help guide the future of the fraternity. Enjoy a special performance at the partners and families lunch, sit in on important business sessions, and celebrate as a new grand master is installed. 

174th Annual Communication
October 27–29, 2023
California Masonic Memorial Temple, San Francisco

The Fairmont, Stanford Court and Mark Hopkins are currently Sold Out.
Rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn

It’s a weekend-long celebration of all things Masonic, including:

Grand Master’s Banquet
October 28
$150 per person

Enjoy a spellbinding soiree with lifelong magician and Grand Master Randall Brill as he hosts the biggest and most glamorous event of the fraternal year at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian ballroom. Dinner, drinks, and more than a few demonstrations of the “magical arts.”

Partners and Family Lunch is currently Sold Out
Saturday, October 28
Noon–3 p.m.
$70 per person/$30 children

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet with fellow family members and learn more about Freemasonry and its impact in California. Enjoy a special performance from Mozart’s The Magic Flute from celebrated opera bassist (and San Diego No. 35 lodge member) DeAndre Simmons, who has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic, among others.

Business Sessions
Friday–Sunday, October 27–29

Get key updates on the latest organizational initiatives, learn more about the work of the fraternity’s related entities, and vote on legislation and officers for the year ahead. This is where the work of the fraternity comes to pass—and your chance to have your lodge’s voice heard.

Grand Master’s Installation
Sunday, October 29

A yearly highlight! Watch and celebrate as a new set of Grand Lodge Officers is installed, including a new Grand Master of California. This event is open to the public, and a great opportunity to highlight the pageantry that makes Freemasonry so special.

Vendors Expo Hall
Friday–Sunday, Oct. 27–29

Throughout the weekend, the CMMT Exhibition Hall is transformed into a showcase for Masonic vendors and retailers. Fraternal regalia, gifts, and attire—plus important information from our many partner organizations. If you haven’t yet visited the new Freemasons’ Hall, be sure to take a peek inside this new treasure of California Masonry!

Attire at Annual Communication

We can’t wait to see you and 1,000 of our closest friends at the 174th Annual Communication in San Francisco. In advance of the big weekend, please be reminded of the attire for the following events.

Grand Lodge Business Sessions
Auditorium, California Masonic Memorial Temple
When: Friday, Oct. 27, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1:15–5 p.m.
Attire: White tie (executive committee), tuxedo (Grand Lodge Officers), business suit/formal (others)

Families and Partners Luncheon (Sold Out)
Where: Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
When: Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Theme: The Magic Flute Luncheon
Voice entertainment: DeAndre Simmons
Attire: Business casual

Grand Master’s Banquet
Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel
Saturday, Oct. 28, Reception 6–7 p.m., dinner 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Attire: Tuxedo (Grand Lodge Officers), business suit, evening, cocktail, or “Magic” themed attire (others)

Public Ceremonies & Installation of Officers
Auditorium, California Masonic Memorial Temple
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Attire: White tie (executive committee), tuxedo (Grand Lodge Officers), business suit/formal (others).

The Fairmont, Stanford Court and Mark Hopkins are currently Sold Out.
Rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn

Be sure your lodge is represented at the Annual Communication. Register in advance to secure your spot—discounted hotel rates will sell out! Questions? Contact Member Services at (415) 292-9180 or