2023 Biennial Session FAQs

I am not a Valley personal representative, secretary, or officer. May I attend? *

Absolutely—in fact, we encourage it! Many aspects of the Biennial Session are open to all members, their friends and family, and members of other branches of our Masonic family.

I have attended the Biennial Session in the past. Why should I come in 2023?

Aside from the fact that this is our first in-person Biennial session since 2019, this is an opportunity to mingle with Scottish Rite Leaders and Freemasons from around the world. It is also a chance to catch up with old friends, make new friends, learn more about our great fraternity and to see the newest exhibits and displays at the amazing House of the Temple.

How do I book my hotel or modify my room reservation?

After completing your online registration, the web page will display a link to the host hotel’s Scottish Rite reservation page, where you can reserve your room at the reduced event rate. You may also call the hotel to book a reservation using the phone number and SR code provided along with the hotel link. **Please note that you are responsible for booking your own hotel room and contacting the hotel if you need to modify or cancel your reservation. **

How much is the room rate at the hotel?

This depends on your type of room, and of course the duration of your stay. Complete hotel rate information is found at this link:


If I am traveling by air, will there be transportation to the hotel available?

Unfortunately, no, you are responsible for finding your own ground transportation. Please research available options before your arrival. You might want to consider connecting with other attendees arriving at the same time to share the cost of taxis, shuttles, or app-based ride services.

When does registration begin? *

Online registration for the Biennial Session began on May 1, 2023.

Am I required to register online?

While this method is preferred, if, for whatever reason, you are unable to register online, please call or text 202–770–1530. Also, you may email [email protected].

I am having trouble registering online. Whom should I contact?

Please call or text 202–770–1530. Also, you may email [email protected].

Can I register onsite?

Yes, but, if possible, please try to register online in advance, so we can be better prepared. If you need to register onsite, we can accommodate major credit cards and checks. Please do not bring cash.

What does my attendee registration fee cover?

Your specific registration fees depend on which events you choose to attend, and whether you are bringing a guest. Your total will be displayed on the registration form prior to purchase.

$375 Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to Welcome Reception on 8/20
  • Admission to Albert Pike Memorial Service on 8/20
  • Admission to the Public Session on 8/21
  • Admission to the Monday Session Luncheon on 8/21
  • 1 Ticket to the Tuesday Honors Banquet

$300 Spouse Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to Welcome Reception on 8/20
  • Admission to Albert Pike Memorial Service on 8/20
  • Admission to the Public Session on 8/21
  • Admission to the Monday Session Luncheon on 8/21
  • 1 Ticket to the Tuesday Honors Banquet
  • 1 Ticket to the Tuesday Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show
What forms of payment do you accept for the registration fee?

We accept all major credit cards, ACH and wire transfer. We cannot accept cash for registration.

What is the cancellation policy?

The 2023 Scottish Rite Biennial Session cancellation and refund policy is as follows: 15% cancellation fee until 8/1, cancellations after 8/1 cannot be refunded. Please note that you are responsible for contacting the hotel directly to cancel your room reservation.

Is there any help with covering expenses?

Possibly. Please check with your local Valley leadership to see if it offers any scholarships or reimbursements for attending the Biennial Session.

How much time should I budget to attend the Biennial Session?

Events begin with a Welcome Reception at the St. Regis Hotel at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. The final event is the Honors Banquet at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, August 22. Many attendees arrive Sunday morning and depart Wednesday morning.

I am a past Grand Commander’s Fellow, and I am planning to attend the Biennial Session. May I attend the Fellows event?

Yes, all Fellows, both current and past, are invited to attend the Fellows Reception. You will have a chance to indicate your Fellows status during registration, and you will receive an invitation to attend a Fellows Reception with Grand Commander Cole on Monday, August 21.

Is there a dress code and do I need to wear my regalia?
Public Events
DATE EVENT Dress Code – Men Dress Code – Women
20-Aug Welcome Reception Business Formal No Cap or Regalia Business/Church Attire
20-Aug Albert Pike Memorial Service Business Formal No Cap or Regalia Business/Church Attire
21-Aug Public Session Business Formal Attire Cap and Regalia Business/Church Attire
21-Aug Session Luncheon Business Formal Business/Church Attire
21-Aug Q&A with Brent and Art Casual
22-Aug 33° Conferral Ceremony Elects: Black Tie Preferred Observers: Business Formal Cap & Regalia
22-Aug Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show Business/Church Attire
22-Aug SRRS Luncheon Business Formal No Cap or Regalia Business/Church Attire
22-Aug Honors Banquet Black Tie Preferred No Cap or Regalia Formal
All HOT Tours Casual Casual
Will the Biennial Session be live-streamed or recorded?

The Biennial Session will be live-streamed on our Scottish Rite Freemasons YouTube channel and will be visible on our homepage at www.scottishrite.org.

When will the 33rd Degree Conferral be held, and who can go?

The Conferral of the 33rd Degree is open to 33° Masons and 33° Elects ONLY.

Are there any special tours or events planned?

There are several tours and events planned throughout the Biennial Session. The House of the Temple will be closed to the public and made available for tours for registered guests (with name badge) during the session. Below is a list of planned events:

  • Scottish Rite Research Society Luncheon – $50 per person Includes SRRS presentation.
  • Q & A with Art de Hoyos & Brent Morris – No Charge (Masons Only) Reservations required. Monday, 8/21. 2:00 p.m.
  • Tomes before Freemasonry Special Exhibit – No Charge, limited space A collection of books written before the formation of the Grand Lodge of England. These ten volumes date from the 1400s through the 1600s and were specially selected by Grand Archivist and Historian Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross. Only 150 spaces available. Reservations required. Tuesday 8/22. 3 p.m.–4 p.m.