SF Beer Week

Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

It’s the most refreshing event of the year, SF Beer Week is here! Celebrate with a froth-filled evening of brews from the Bay.


Beer Hall
(Piazza and Swamp)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Sip your way through a pop-up beer garden with dozens of local breweries including:

Plus, be sure to treat your tastebuds to NightLife’s signature craft beer Aliciella Bitter, brewed by Magnolia Brewing Co. with plant types found on the museum’s living roof.

Brewers Talks & Demos
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Chat with the beer geeks from SF Brewcraft and pick up tips on the art of home brewing.

8:00pm - Listen to a fascinating talk by brewers from Schubros Brewing Co. as they discussed their Belgian-style beer brewed with 48-million-year-old yeast.

8:30pm - Hear from SF brewing legends Anchor Brewing Co. as they talk about the history of beer in SF.

Popscene Piazza
Get down to the Popscene jams of DJ Omar.

**Please Note**
Beer tasting tickets are available for purchase in African Hall. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables throughout the museum, only beer tickets.

Beer Ticket Prices:
$2 for 1 ticket
1-2 tickets for 3-ounce taste
4-5 tickets for 12-ounce full beer
Beer pricing varies at each tasting table



  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 26th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife when the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling tribute to '80s horror.

November 2nd at 6:00 pm

Design and science unite for a special edition of NightLife curated by California College of the Arts.

November 9th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

November 16th at 6:00 pm

Sink your teeth into BiteLife, our annual event celebrating all things edible.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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