NightLife: Noise Pop

Photo of musical artist, Neon Indian


Get ready to make some NOISE at the official NightLife Noise Pop Music Fest pre-party! With a headlining DJ set by Neon Indian, there’s no better way to celebrate Noise Pop’s 30th anniversary than with live music, live art, and of course, live science.

Featured events:

  • A little electronic, a little synth-pop, a little dreamy: Neon Indian brings the sweet jams and the good vibes with the ultimate opening set.
  • Make your DJ dreams come true and learn how to spin with Fingersnaps Media Arts, a creative and educational DJ studio located in the heart of the Mission.
  • Bring some of the music magic home with one-of-a-kind art inspired by concert posters displayed at a mini pop-up art gallery with Lil Tuffy.
  • San FranPsycho is on deck, live screen printing a special NightLife-only NoisePop design. Buy a freshly screen-printed shirt on-site or BYOT (bring your own thing, shirt or tote) for your own customized memento.
  • Hey vinyl fans, where you at? Add to your collection and find that special record you’ve been looking for at our make-shift vinyl market.

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.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

February 2nd at 6:00 pm

We’re teaming up with the groundbreaking Cafe Ohlone for an immersive night of Ohlone culture.

February 9th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals.

February 16th at 6:00 pm

Live music + live science is always a win—get your fill of both at the official Noise Pop Music Fest pre-party.

February 23rd at 6:00 pm

Do androids dream of electric penguins? Expand your mind with a night of futuristic art and science.

March 2nd at 6:00 pm

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

March 9th at 6:00 pm

They broke rules, stereotypes, & glass ceilings. Meet the fearless scientists who challenged the status quo.

Upcoming free virtual events

February 2nd at 7:00 pm

What do night parrots, giant tortoises, and a teeny tiny clam have in common? Averting presumed extinction.