Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive NightLife event details and updates.
Lunar New Year NightLife
This week, NightLife gives you a second chance to kick off your (lunar) new year.
7:30 - 8:00pm, Start your celebration of the "Year of the Monkey" by learning Lion Dance moves from SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, a Chinatown-based martial arts performance troupe.
8:00 - 8:30pm, Follow up your lesson by meeting with and talking to the performers about the tradition of the Lion Dance and the importance of Martial Arts to Chinese culture.
8:30 - 9:00pm, Watch a powerful Lion dance and Martial Arts performance by the Jing Mo Athletic Association.
6:00-10:00pm, Have fun sewing your own lunar new year animal crafts with Julia Jane Moore. Plus, learn about traditional Chinese teas while sipping samples with Fabula Tea, then chat with in-the-know historians from the Chinese Historical Society of America.
UNDER THE SEA
6:00-10:00pm, In the coral reef, groove to exotic, animal-inspired beats from DJ Tanoa while watching thousands of colorful reef fish swim by.
Plus, head to the planetarium to catch a special edition of Earth Update with the Academy’s curator of geology Dr. Peter Roopnarine as he breaks down the science of extinction and food webs.
FOOD & DRINK
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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.
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.
6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life
PLEASE BE ADVISED
- Planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
- Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Upcoming NightLife Events
Explore the vibrancy of cities and architecture through the large scale installations of CCA grad students.
Sink your teeth into BiteLife, our annual event celebrating all things edible.
Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.
NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.