• NightLife LIVE 2019
  • NL LIVE
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • Dan Deacon
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • Frame 4
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • NLL 2016
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • NL LIVE
  • sci tabling
  • Frame 8
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Frame 9
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • Rainforest Tunnel
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

NightLife LIVE 2019 has come to a close—see you next season!

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Details from NightLife LIVE 2019:

NightLife kicks off its sixth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series this July with four concerts in the West Garden, co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival, DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel's and artist-in-residency Maggie West.

NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art. The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, living rainforest, and live performances on an outdoor stage transforms the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

Partnering with some of the Bay Area’s most buzzworthy art collectives and studios, NightLife LIVE will feature immersive light shows and mind-bending projections by ALL OF IT NOW, VR experiences by Vision Quest, and more. Each NightLife LIVE event will also feature hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective, rotating pop-up shops from local vendors like Amoeba Records, and special “one-night-only” custom designs with screen printing by San Franpsycho.

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About NightLife:
NightLife happens every Thursday night from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy music, cutting-edge science, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea. Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits. 21+, ID required for entry.

2019 NightLife LIVE Lineup

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July 11

Men I Trust

Men I Trust
with mk.gee
DJ set by Popscene
Presented by Noise Pop

 

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August 8

THE MARÍAS
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September 12

Duckwrth

Duckwrth
with G.L.A.M
DJ set by davOmakesbeats (Swagger Like Us) 
Presented by Noise Pop

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October 10

Nick Hakim
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Featured Artist-In-Residency

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Maggie West CAS Dome

Maggie West

This year, NightLife LIVE is excited to announce its first artist-in-residency featuring Los Angeles-based artist Maggie West. West, whose work has been featured in publications including Paper, iD, Dazed and Confused, Playboy, Artnet, Newsweek, Forbes, Complex, and Out, specializes in surreal, colorful photography and installations. A curated selection of West’s eye-catching images, many featuring specimens from the Academy’s scientific collections, will be displayed within a 7’x11’ wide geodesic dome installation, illuminated from within, casting a vibrant colorful glow across the museum’s West Garden.

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Spotify Playlist

Want to hear all NightLife LIVE featured artists in one place? Check out the 2019 Spotify series playlist and get show-ready.

NightLife LIVE Archives

NightLife Food & Drink

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.