Explore the museum while enjoying live, acoustic performances by San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Featuring DJ set by Red Corvette

Explore the museum while enjoying live, acoustic performances by San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Pop-up Music Performances
See timeslots for locations

  • 7:30 - 8:30 PM - Flute/Guitar Duo - Living Roof (outdoor)
    • Angelina Ho, Flute
    • Juri Yun, Guitar
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM - String Quartet - African Hall
    • Clare Armenante, Violin
    • Carly Scena, Violin
    • Nasr Sheikh, Viola
    • Evan Kahn, Cello
  • 8:30 - 9:30 PM - Violin/Cello Duo - Philippine Coral Reef
    • Anju Goto, Violin
    • Federico Ramirez, Cello

SFCM Cinema
Science Today
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Meet & Greet
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Stop by the SFCM tables to chat with the musicians of the Conservatory and the people who make it all possible.

Chef's Picks
West Garden
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Enjoy a specially curated playlist from SFCM Alum Brandon Bell that is sure to capture some of your most musically impactful memories.

Jazz Combo upon entry courtesy of

  • Skyler Nolan, Saxophone
  • Spencer Hoefert, Double Bass
  • Fernando Rodriguez, Guitar


A few don't-miss event details:

  • To help keep guests safe and ensure everyone has plenty of room to roam, NightLife will be limiting capacity and have timed-entry tickets.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium will be open during NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, reservations are required and capacity is limited. Reservations are first-come, first served—simply scan the QR code posted in the front lobby upon arrival to make your reservation.

    Please note: food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium, and masks must be worn properly at all times.

  • Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Academy Café and West Garden Terrace including a variety of grab-and-go options, craft cocktails, and more. All food and drink must be enjoyed outdoors.
  • Please embrace the Academy’s three favorite Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. All guests will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced according to the latest public health and safety guidelines.
  • NightLife is adults-only for 21+
  • Still have Q’s? See our FAQ’s here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Unlock the secrets of space through Chile's epic mountain observatories. Capacity is extremely limited!

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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