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NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

SF Sketchfest is back at NightLife for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy as part of the 18th Annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.

DJ sets by New Wave City

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Hall
African Hall

  • At 7:00pm, catch a live episode of the comedy/medical “Sawbones” podcast with Sydney and Justin McElroy.

  • At 8:30pm, celebrate being a nerd and win a prize in “You Should Know This!” the science comedy show with Kevin Whittinghill.

The Theater
Forum Theater (Level 2)

  • At 6:45pm, catch a live episode of the “Omnibus” podcast, an encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations, with John Roderick and Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame).

  • At 8:30pm, witness a battle for who can pen the most wonderfully terrible science fiction literary passage in "Worst First Chapter" with Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, and more.

The Stage
Piazza

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Heads-up! Starting January 10, 2019, planetarium passes will be required for the 7:30, 8:30, and (new!) 9:30 pm shows. This will allow more guests to reserve their preferred showtimes in advance and better plan their evenings—and also help us manage high demand for limited planetarium seats.
     
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
     
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
     
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 20 minutes before your ticketed showtime. We run a tight spaceship!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe 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.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Travel through space and time to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

Upcoming NightLife Events

June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate love, equality, and the rainbow spectrum of self-expression at NightLife's annual LGBTQ Pride party.

July 11th at 6:00 pm

NightLife kicks off its sixth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series with a performance from
Men I Trust.

July 18th at 6:00 pm

Follow the brewing process from botanical inception to foamy finish with a pop-up beer garden and more.

July 25th at 6:00 pm

Be the first to see the Academy’s sixth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition exhibit.