Earth to NightLife

Attention Earthlings: Our planet's calling, and it's time to answer. In honor of Earth Month we're rolling out the green carpet for a night of collective action and environmental activism. Connect with local environmental justice organizations, tune into panel discussions led by community activists and filmmakers, catch scientific short films, and more. Featuring special programming by Earth Sessions, KQED Deep Look, and SFFILM.

Sounds by Charlotte K and Mawkus (presented by KALW)


Seeing Green - Panel Talks with SFFilm, Earth Sessions, Queer Surf, and Save California Salmon

Seeing Green (Panel Talks)
African Hall

Deep Look with KQED - Live screening

Deep Look with KQED
Science Today

  • 8:00 PM - Uncover the fascinating world beyond the naked eye with KQED Deep Look, macro films that glimpse the minute miracles of everything from coral spawning to gecko feet.
  • And stop by to chat and find out more with the Deep Look team and KQED all evening.
Earth Month Fair - Meet local organizations that are working to protect our planet

Earth Month Fair
6 - 10 PM

Stop by our Earth Month Fair to meet local organizations that are working hard to protect our planet::

The Menu - Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness and Chef Rob

In The Academy Cafe:

  • Beyond Cali Burger - sesame acme bun, plant based beyond "burger" patty, avocado, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle spear (contains gluten, dairy in bun)
  • Beyond Delicious Chili "Cheese" Dog - sesame acme bun, plant based beyond "hotdog", soyrizo chili, cashew "cheese" sauce, scallions (contains gluten, dairy in bun)

At The Swamp & Aquarium Bars:

  • Ocean Water - Tequila, Agave, Lime, Blue Curaçao, Mint
A few don't-miss NightLife details:
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Last entry into Osher Rainforest is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Gems and Minerals Unearthed opens to the public at 8:30 pm. It is reserved for NightLife Plus guests from 6 - 8:30 pm.
  • Morrison Planetarium passes are available online in advance for $5 each while supplies last. Showtimes are 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm. A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, or the Swamp.
  • While not required, we encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations and to mask up indoors. If you’re feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 or another respiratory virus, please visit another time. View our health and safety page.
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Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover the beauty, variety, and vast complexity of our connections to the network of life that surrounds us.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Learn about the beneficial microbes in mushrooms that are an essential part of nature with Stanford's Kabir Peay

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Upcoming events

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night! Explore the Academy's nocturnal side. Sounds by: DJ Mark Maiden.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

We’re bringing the spice at our hottest event of the year. Hear from spicy savants, sample fiery foods, & more.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

Honor Black contributions to global dance with a special Juneteenth edition of the Make History dance battle.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

Inked is back at NightLife! Explore the wonders of ink from cephalopods to live tattoos–yes, the real kind!

June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a night dedicated to community, activism & joy. Featuring drag by Oaklash.