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San Francisco, California

The Night Garden of Serenissima: A Venetian Fairy Tale

Experience an immersive evening of spectacle and intrigue hidden within a historic San Francisco castle.

Join us for a very special evening as we reflect on the mysteries and lore of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. For one exclusive night, the spirit of  Serenissima will be taking over a secret castle in San Francisco, complete with its own underground cistern and caves. Immerse yourself in the city's elusive past with an evening of beautiful vignettes, celestial performances, costumes and dance.

Built upon lagoons and accessible only by boat for hundreds of years, Venice developed as a world unto itself, set apart in its own unique time and space. Rising from the surrounding waters and relics of the ancient world, an elusive and exhilarating city unlike any other was born. In this strange floating land, Western and Eastern philosophies mixed and married creating a history that is both complex and enigmatic.

Allow yourself to be transported to this faraway land in a once-in-a-lifetime event hosted within a clandestine castle on the coast. From music in the midnight gardens to storytelling and libations within the comfort of the castle's stone walls, a Venetian-inspired dream world of wonder and surprise awaits.

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  • $65 ticket includes cocktails. This event is strictly 21+; I.D. required!
  • Cocktail and Venetian-inspired attire is encouraged. Much of the castle grounds, paths and tunnels to the cistern are uneven, so sensible footwear is strongly recommended.
  • Please arrive on time. The event will begin promptly at 9:00pm, with entry closing at 9:30 sharp.