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

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy, part of the annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.


Fake TED Talks
(African Hall)
7:00pm & 9:00pm, Witness some seriously funny Fake TED Talks with special guests Adam Rogers, editor of WIRED magazine—plus Kasper Hauser, Brandon Reynolds, Scott Simpson, Janet Varney, and more.

Live Riffing
(Forum Theater)

6:30 & 7:10 pm, Taking over the Forum for some live riffing are the twisted "Mystery Science Theater 3000"scientists Frank Beaulieu and Frank Conniff in The Mads Are Back.

9:00pm, Things get stranger with Strangerer Things, an improvised send up of last summer's beloved 80's-esque sci-fi series.

Stand-Up Comedy
 Check out the stars of truTV's "Those Who Can't" in The Grawlix and friends hosted by Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy.

8:15pm, Get a steady stream of stand-up  featuring Julie Ash, Kaseem Bentley, Casey Ley, Andrew Orolfo, Greg Santos, Jacob Sirof, Ta'Vi and Emily Van Dyke.

Live Podcasts
(The Terrace)
 Head to The Terrace to watch a live taping of the popular science-themed podcast, Eureka!

8:15pm, Laugh out loud during a live taping of This Week in Science

Plus, get comedic in the Snap Yourself photo booth and get down to a soundtrack of 80’s synth, rock, and pop from New Wave City's DJ Shindog in the Coral Reef.



  • 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 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

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

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

6:30 pm

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

7:30 pm, 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

September 28th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with an evening of after hours science inside the green museum.

October 5th at 6:00 pm

It’s that time of year—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.

October 12th at 6:00 pm

The NightLife LIVE season comes to a close with a dreamy, fuzzed out performance from DIIV and Black Marble.

October 19th at 6:00 pm

Explore the mysteries beyond our solar system with a night dedicated to the search for extraterrestrials.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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