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Carnivale is where San Francisco celebrates Mardi Gras, and Grace Cathedral is getting ready to glow up!     

Dinner - Cocktails - Auctions - Fun

Shine your light on our mission for one of the best nights of the year. Carnivale is a party for connection, love and hope. Your generosity makes a big impact! Carnivale supports the community through our innovative spiritual offerings, our passion for inclusive arts and culture, and doing the work of social justice. The future is bright!

And the party keeps glowing after Carnivale! Don't miss your chance to shine bright at The Late Night Revelry and celebrate the night away in San Francisco's Gothic cathedral for everyone.  Join the fun with a playlist curated by the Chris Clouse Project, glittering cocktails and a dance party in a starlit chapel. 

Thank You To Our Generous Carnivale Sponsors

The Visionary
Ann Schmitt

The Luminary
William J. Bennington

The Dreamer

Aetos Alternatives Management
Dr. Robert J. Brown and Avery L. Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Leo
Elizabeth Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Garrett A. H. Price, III
Diane B. Wilsey
Clement Xue and Aaron Finegold
Marco and Bryan Yergovich

The Innovator

Eliza Brown and Hal Candee
Valerie Crane Dorfman
Megan and Michael Janis
Noelle Leca and Michael Moradzadeh
Erin McCune
Amy V. Quirk and Michael P. Lehmann
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Spivey
Scott Turner and Diana Marchesi

The Beacon

Robert H. Beadle
Cathedral School for Boys
Dr. Heidi Cary
Scott Elaine Case
Lee Flynn
Lynn C. Fritz and Anisya Fritz
Pitch and Cathie Johnson
Tobias S. Keller
Pamela and Gregory Scott
Susan and Timothy von Herrmann

 This Carnivale Committee is turning the lights all the way up


Clement Xue, Carnivale co-chair

Robert J. Brown, Carnivale co-chair

Christine Bensen

Lily M. Bowles Leo

Alexandra Morgan

Tricia Weaver Moss

Art Yeap



Liam Mayclem

Betty Yu



The Chris Clouse Project

Interactive Art Installation

Matt Elson


Event Creators and Producers


Event Designer

Heather Rice Events 

Branding and Graphic Design

Molly McCoy 

Public Relations

Double Forte

Cathedral Staff

Glowing to support the inclusive mission of Grace Cathedral







Bright Black Tie Browse the style guide for inspiration



After Party Check In (California St Entrance) 8:45 PM

Doors Open (California St Entrance)  9:00 - 11:00 PM

Live Music, Interactive Art, Photo Booth and Open Bar



Meet the Musicians

CHRIS CLOUSE is a man of many hats and a true musician at his core. From his early beginnings of being a competition fiddle player to now, he has crossed genres, written and recorded numerous albums, shared stages with the likes of Johnny Cash, The Flaming Lips, The Beach Boys, Gorgon City, Miike Snow, The War On Drugs and Kaskade. Writing songs has always been at the heart of Chris's music but he was driven to provide something new to the people that came to see him. Using technologies such as Ableton Live he was able to bring his original music to an intensity unique to electronic music. He honed this sound with a 2 year running show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. This was the gateway to his djing career, traveling and sharing stages with international DJ's such as DJ AM, Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and A-Trak just to name a few, he was constantly listening and learning from the best. Now Chris Clouse is booked year round nationally and internationally as a live performer with vocals, guitar, violin and djing.


Meet the artist behind the Infinity Boxes (interactive art installation)

Matt Elson was trained as a painter at Pratt Institute, received his Masters Degree in Communications from the New York Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson Executive Program. He has a background in computer graphics and artistic animation for feature films with DreamWorks and Disney. Elson created his first "Infinity Box" in 2012 and since then the works have been exhibited in seven states, the UK, Netherlands and Italy.


Hosted By

Grace Cathedral
Questions? Please contact Hajar Massoud


Grace Cathedral, California Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

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