Succulent Wall

Members: $12
Non-Members: $15
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Music by DJ Luiza Sa Davis

Grow that green thumb and dig in: We’re calling all lovers of succulents, fiddle-leaf figs, giant ferns, and everything in-between.

-----> It’s a mini-Golden Gate Park get-together, as we welcome our neighbors at the Conservatory of Flowers for a chlorophyll-filled night. Get practical tips from Garden for the Environment, whose mission is to teach every San Franciscan how to garden, in order to contribute to food sustainability through urban gardens and farms.

-----> Want to branch out beyond the humble spider plant? Marlene Simon, aka The Plant Lady, will show you carnivorous plants, staghorn ferns, air plants, and unusual edibles that even apartment-dwellers can grow.

-----> Need some houseplant 101? Léon & George, purveyors of houseplants, will share plant-care secrets and test your plant-tending skills at their fun and leafy station.

-----> Make a one-of-a-kind plant container out of recycled materials with Green Art Workshop plus learn about the ambitious plans of Plenty, a farming startup that hopes to bring its indoor vertical farms to every major city in the U.S.

-----> Explore the Academy’s botany department—that’d be the study of plants—with a pop-up talk by curator Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum. She’s one of a handful of experts in the world who studies cycads, ancient palm-like plants that comprise the most endangered group of organisms on Earth.

-----> Science illustrator Sean Edgerton will display some specimens from the botany collection and talk about the observational skills it takes to accurately depict these plants in detailed renderings.

-----> Get a crash course in the vast field of plant evolution with Briana Boaz, PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, and a chance to peep some fossilized plants.

-----> Don’t forget to show your love for plants with your drink order—try NightLife’s signature beer, Magnolia’s Aliciella Bitter, brewed with plant types found on our Living Roof.



  • 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.
  • Programming lineup subject to change.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6 – 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

Learn about the latest technology in ground-based telescopes

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

March 1st at 6:00 pm

Calling all lovers of succulents, giant ferns, and everything in-between for an evening of gardening how-to's.

March 8th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the tentacled, slimy, and lumpy with a night dedicated to curious creatures. Plus, meet a sloth!

March 15th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

March 22nd at 6:00 pm

Get your dose of mechanical mayhem as NightLife hosts a salute to all things robotic.