NightLife: Flocktoberfest

You know what they say: Birds of a feather flock together. That’s why we’re inviting all of our beer-and-animal-loving friends to migrate over to NightLife: Flocktoberfest, for an evening of birds and beers at our unique take on Oktoberfest.

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Parrots & Pubs
Science Today

  • At 7:30 PM, Learn about the “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” and how local bird rescue organization Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue helps keep them healthy.
  • At 8:30 PM, All hail the ale! Test your beer knowledge with trivia led by Hella Coastal Brewery, the first Black-owned brewery in Oakland.

Fits & Flicks
6 - 10 PM

  • Get your Flocktoberfest T-shirt hot off the press from our neighborhood friends San Franpsycho and then immediately immortalize it with a photobooth pic from Snap Yourself.

East Garden
6 - 10 PM

  • Say hello to some of the City’s finest flocks of pigeons and parrots with Palomacy and Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue.
  • Birds aren’t the only animals that gather in flocks. Grab a beer and chill with Little Explorers Petting Zoo’s flock of sheep and ducks (plus their emotional support goats).
  • Meet the folks at Golden Gate Audubon Society who are dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats.
  • Academy Senior Research Fellow, Durrell Kapan and other members from our ornithology team will showcase flocking specimens from our collections and share more about this fascinating trait.
  • What would Flocktoberfest be without the beer? Try out selections from Headlands, King Cong, SLO, Lead Dog, Hella Coastal, and Del Cielo.
  • **Please Note** Beer tasting tickets are available for purchase nearby in the East Garden. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables, only beer tickets. All beer tickets are non-refundable.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • Effective September 16, NightLife guests will no longer be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: 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 inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

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

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