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One Evening, Two Huge Parties—Big Bang Arrives April 24!

March 25, 2014

One of San Francisco’s most extraordinary annual bashes is also the perfect opportunity to dress up, dance, learn, nosh, and support the Academy’s mission in style—all in the name of science! And with not one but two Big Bang events—the Big Bang Gala and the Big Bang Party After Dark—revelers can choose from two very different flavors of fundraiser.

This year’s Big Bang Gala celebrates exploration and the pioneering spirit—the very fuel that sustains the Academy’s mission to “Explore, Explain, and Sustain life.” Culminating in a seated dinner with Academy Explorers and breakthrough thinkers and scientists, it’s an evening of inspired entertainment and dining that recognizes the Academy’s most generous friends.

Party After Dark, meanwhile, is a party so large it spills across the Academy’s multiple indoor and outdoor venues. Attendees can kick off their heels for some super-luxe camping and hot toddies in the East Garden, or grab an icy cocktail and head inside for live DJ sets by Ra Ra Riot and Youngblood Hawke. Add in food trucks, photo booths, and a Silent Disco in African Hall, and you’ve got the broad strokes of an unforgettable evening.

For tickets and additional details, please visit our Big Bang event page.

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