Annual Gala 2024

Group of people at the On the Edge event

On the Edge, 2021. Photograph by Drew Altizer. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Join us in celebrating the transformative power of art and possibility. Our Annual Gala benefits exhibition and community programming for Bay Area audiences and beyond. The evening includes a seated dinner, an honoree program, and Late Night — the gala’s after-party featuring access to galleries, playful pop-up activations, and performances throughout the museum.

This event coincides with three exhibitions at the de Young: Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style, a showcase of high fashion and haute couture, Irving Penn, featuring work from one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers, and Lee Mingwei: Rituals of Care, the first US museum exhibition of works by the prominent Taiwanese-American artist.


  • 6 pm / Cocktails + exhibition viewing
  • Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style
  • Irving Penn
  • Lee Mingwei: Rituals of Care
  • 7:30 pm / Dinner + honoree program
  • 9 pm midnight / Late Night


Mayor London N. Breed
Lee Mingwei
Darren Walker

Gala chairs

Mary Beth and David Shimmon

Ticket info

Dinner tables start at $25,000 / Tickets start at $1,500

Late Night tickets start at $195 / $150 for members

For more information or to purchase a table, please contact or 415.750.3604.

To request accessibility accommodations, please email

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carolyn Prasad, director of corporate partnerships, at

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