About The Masonic
San Francisco is an absolute apex for quirky, grand, and breathtaking event venues, but if there’s one that takes the cake it’s definitely the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium. Once known as both the Grand Masonic Auditorium and the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, today it’s just “the Masonic” to those in the know, and attending an event at this 3,400-seat capacity music hall is a must.
The History of The Masonic
Just as its name implies, the Masonic was, at one time, the home of the Freemasons, being the site of the Grand Lodge of California starting in 1958. In fact, it’s still used by Masons in the state, with the venue hosting an annual gathering every year and also housing the Lodge’s administrative offices on its upper floors.
For a building that’s been in use since 1958, though, you’d never know it based on all the renovations the concert hall has received over the years. It’s been refurbished several times, with major projects in 1975, 2005, 2010, and 2014 all ensuring that this concert hall can handle any modern performances you can think of.
What Makes the Masonic Events So Special?
There’s a certain mystique that surrounds the Freemasons, and this mystique is just dripping off of every corner and cornice of this event. There’s a huge mosaic window on the inside depicting Masonic symbolism, an even bigger frieze on the outside of the building commemorating the sacrifices made by Masons during the war, and somewhere in the building, there are soil samples from all 58 of California’s counties. Weird, mysterious, and most definitely cool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is The Masonic located?
The Masonic is located atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, California.
What kind of events does The Masonic host?
With its 3,400-seat capacity, the Masonic concerts are smaller and more intimate. It’s a favorite of the stand-up comedy circuit, with recent comic superstars like John Oliver and Ali Wong having sold-out runs over the course of multiple nights. Music acts like Dead Can Dance, Jacquees, Tove Lo, and others have also performed on stage at The Masonic. As well as concerts, the venue is the meeting point for the Masons of California during their Annual Communication.
Which team is playing at The Masonic?
As this is a music venue no team plays here.
Where can I park for free at The Masonic?
The Masonic has an on-site parking garage, open 24 hours per day, seven days per week for fans. It is recommended you purchase parking in advance of any show, as space is limited. Parking is available for purchase via ParkWhiz. There are additional parking lots in the vicinity that can be utilized by fans attending The Masonic concerts.
What is the seating capacity of The Masonic?
The Masonic concerts and other events can seat a total of 3,481 people.
Who owns The Masonic?
The Masonic is owned by the Masons of California and is operated by Live Nation.
How do I get to The Masonic using public transport?
The Masonic events are accessible via public transport. Fans can catch the BART, MUNI, or California Street Cable Car to the venue. Pick what’s best for you, depending on your starting location.