NightLife Intersections Fashion

Strut don’t walk for NightLife’s most fashion-forward event. We're serving more than looks in a night all about weaving connections through fashion with The Hijabi Chronicles, The Áo Dài Festival, Urban Native Era.

NightLife Intersections Resident DJ: Emelle

Check out Emelle's NightLife Intersections Playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

See more from the NightLife Intersections series here.


Intersections: Conversation - 7:30pm in African Hall

Intersections: Conversation
African Hall
7:30 PM

Intersections: Fashion Show - 8:30pm in the Piazza

Intersections: Fashion Show
8:30 PM

The Áo Dài Festival

Named after the traditional Vietnamese garment, the Áo Dài Festival leverages fashion as a powerful vehicle for sharing and connecting with Vietnamese culture and history. Activist and founder Jenny Do also emphasizes affecting positive change through art, and uses her platform to raise awareness of social issues such as human trafficking, women’s rights, and child abuse.

The Hijabi Chronicles

Created in 2014 by hip hop artist, emcee, and human rights activist Alia Sharrief, the Hijabi Chronicles aims to give Muslim women in hip hop proper representation and celebrates their creativity and diversity through the lens of modesty.

Urban Native Era

The brainchild of Joey Montoya (Lipan Apache), Urban Native Era (UNE) aims to increase the visibility of Indigenous Peoples through fashion and design. More than a decade on, UNE crafts minimal yet powerful designs to create timeless garments that are made for everyone.

Workshop SF - Block printing at Curiosity Grove

Workshop SF
Curiosity Grove
6 - 9 PM

Stop by the Grove to try your hand at block printing onto fabric and cards with our friends from Workshop SF. Choose your own design from the de Young’s Fashioning San Francisco exhibit and leave with a crafty takeaway.

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

Menu TBD!

SPECIAL OFFER: NightLife x deYoung
Visitors looking over at the deYoung

Want to keep the party going after NightLife? Save $100 with this special ticket bundle and gain access to this NightLife event plus Late Night at the deYoung after NightLife.

In one fun-filled night: Experience all that NightLife has to offer, including a special block-printing activity with WorkshopSF presented by deYoung. Then after NightLife, head across the park to Late Night at the deYoung for live performances by DJ Christie and headliner Sudan Archives, jazz with Mellow Sessions at the official NightLife Lounge, and more.

A few don't miss NightLife details
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  • NightLife guests are no longer 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 be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Café only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

One Sky Project is five short films exploring cultural and indigenous astronomy perspectives.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

Why is California so special? Find out at the grand opening of our newest exhibit, California: State of Nature.

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night: explore the nocturnal side of the Academy at NightLife and see what's rev