Pride NightLife
Thursday, June 23, 6-10 pm
21+ with ID
Prices vary; planetarium passes $5

For guaranteed availability, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last rainforest entry is 7:30 pm. Proof of full vaccination required; boosters and indoor masking strongly encouraged but not required. Learn more.

From a live dating show to a special performance from San Francisco’s only all-Black drag troupe, we’re kicking off Pride weekend with a bang. Join us as we celebrate the SF LGBTQ+ community with an unforgettable night of self-expression, equality, and #SFPRIDE.

Sounds by La Frida


Reparations SF: An All Black Drag Show
West Garden
8:30 PM

  • Celebrate Pride with a special performance from award-winning, all-Black drag troupe Reparations, featuring Black queer performers from the Bay Area and beyond and hosted by two-time “Best Drag Queen” Nicki Jizz.

The Revolting Pursuit of Love 
Wander Woods, in the East Garden
7:30 PM

  • Feeling lucky? Join us in the East Garden as members of 500 Queer Scientists and some lovestruck animal contestants team up for a fresh take on the classic game show “The Dating Game.” Hear the engaging personal stories shared by a dozen queer scientists as we come together to celebrate the LGBTQ x STEM community. Hosted by Dahlia Gallin Ramirez, author of Sex and the Single Panda: The Revolting Pursuit of Love in the Animal Kingdom.

Shop with Pride
African Hall
All Evening

  • Explore a special pop-up version of SF’s favorite craft fair while supporting local LGBTQ+ businesses, all curated by SF Bazaar.

Shattering Stereotypes
Science Today
All Evening

  • Enjoy a collection of short films from Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. By and about queer women of color and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color, the Project explores the roots of inequity and injustice through film—shattering stereotypes and biases along the way.

On the Ground
Curiosity Grove
All Evening

  • From HIV prevention research to LGBTQ-led humanitarian aid, chat with members of the SF queer community to learn how you can get involved. Featuring Rainbow World Fund and Bridge HIV.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • To help keep staff and guests safe, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry, and boosters and indoor masking are strongly encouraged. 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, and masks must be worn properly at all times.)
  • 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

Did you know that some of your favorite celestial constellations have queer histories?

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

July 7th at 6:00 pm

Calling all kaibigan: tropic like it’s hot for a night dedicated to Filipino arts, culture, and science.

July 14th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.

July 21st at 6:00 pm

Explore the multicultural—and multispecies—uses of ink. And hey, maybe even get a tattoo.

Upcoming free virtual events

July 7th at 7:00 pm

Hear from photographers whose incredible images reveal stories about the natural world.