Holiday Bazaar

Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

Music by King Most


Holiday Bazaar
African Hall & Project Lab
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Find a little something for every person on your list at this one-stop holiday shop featuring a crafty selection of handmade jewelry, original artwork, ceramics and pottery, apothecary products, stationery, and more.


  • Ginkgo Seed
    Pretty Fun Designs
    MacLean Custom Screen Printing
    CurioTales LLC
    Bunnycone Designs
    Tina Fossella Pottery
    Blue Nectar Soaps
    Lionel's Place
    An Li/Slow Moon Rise
    Recover Your Thoughts
    Branching Out Wood
    Slate and Stone Jewelry
    Maureen Shields
    Tiny Right Brain Designs
    Machine in Hand
    Tung Design And Manufacture
    La Touche Designs
    Circle And Crescent
    Coyote Brush Studios
    Bottle of Clouds
    Two Photon Art
    Nurelle Creations
    Little Russ Thompson
    Cotton the First™
    Indigo Alice Designs
    Jacquelin de Leon
    Alex Pavlantos/Transmogrify
    Somnia City
    Mudsplash Studios
    Pen + Ink Pottery
    Basik Candle Co
    Cody Vrosh & Binary Winter Press
    Adi Pirzada
    Paisley's Puppets
    Kotas Kreations
    The Goat Farm
    Granny Panty Designs
    Kiersten Kern

Frosty Disco
East Garden Ice Rink
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Head outside to the seasonal ice rink: we’ll deck it with a disco ball; you come decked out in ‘70s fashions. Appropriately funky tunes will be provided and a bar serving spiked hot beverages will help vanquish any lingering chills. NightLife ice skating sessions run from 6–9:30 pm. Add one to your NightLife ticket for $10.

No NightLife events on December 20, 27, or January 3. Happy holidays!___________


We wear our ice skates at night, and so should you. Celebrate the season with a spin around our outdoor Holiday Ice Rink, part of the Academy’s ‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice exhibit.

Ice rink tickets ($10/person, skate rental included) available for purchase online or onsite.



  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight! 

All bars accept cash and credit cards.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Join planetarium presenter Hannah on a live exploration of the night sky above our planet's chilly poles.

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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