NightLife LIVE

NightLife LIVE 2016 Dates:
May 19 / June 16 / July 14 / August 4 / September 8 / October 13​

Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with the NightLife LIVE summer music series (as part of our weekly Thursday night programming). Catch live performances on the outdoor West Garden stage as the greenest museum on the planet transforms into one of SF's most unique music venues. Experience interactive art installations, out-of-this-world video projections, science side shows, and more—all while exploring cutting-edge exhibits and marveling at 38,000 live animals.

Headliner—8:45-9:45 pm
Opening Band—7:45-8:30 pm
Outdoor DJs—6:00-7:45 pm
Indoor DJs—6:00-10:00 pm

About NightLife:
NightLife is every Thursday night from 6–10 pm. Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the ocean—all with a cocktail in hand. 21+, ID required for entry.



Science Side Shows:
Check out science curiosities from Academy researchers and local science organizations!

2016 Media Partner:
Thanks to DoTheBay, our official Media Partner for NightLife LIVE 2016!

Art Displays:
In between live sets, guest can explore new featured artists and galleries each week, highlighting curated works from the Bay Area's most popular art collectives and studios including ArtSpan,The Midway, Roll Up Gallery, Muse Gallery, Root Division, B4BEL4B, and more.

*Art curated by Betty Bigas.

2016 Program Partners:
​NightLife LIVE will feature rotating pop-up shops from local vendors—enjoy live screen printing with San Franpsycho, shop vinyl from Amoeba Music and local labels with BARF (Bay Area Record Fair). Plus, thumb through goods from Green Apple Books and get hands-on with crafts from Julia Jane Moore and drawing workshops with Paint Pens Collective.

Spotify Playlist:
Treat your ears to the NightLife LIVE 2016 Spotify playlist here.


May 19

Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks (live band)
with Planet Booty
DJ sets by Dials and King Most
Presented by DJ Dials


June 16

Lower Dens

Lower Dens
with Tamaryn
DJ Sets by
Presented by Noise Pop


July 14

Duck Tails

Mass Gothic
DJ sets by Aaron Axelsen & Omar Perez
Presented by Popscene


September 8

White Fence

White Fence
with The Tyde
DJ sets by DJ Freaker (Alex Bleeker of Real Estate) and Britt Govea Presented by (((folkYEAH!)))


October 13

Dan Deacon

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