White Fence

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

Headliner: White Fence
Support: The Tyde
DJ sets by DJ Freaker (Alex Bleeker of Real Estate) and Britt Govea
Presented by (((Folkyeah Presents)))

NightLife’s summer music series returns! Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with NightLife LIVE.

This September, rock out to lo-fi psychedelic riffs from White Fence—fronted by former Darker My Love member Tim Presley and saluted by Pitchfork for “a distinctly wobbly and elastic sound.” Supporting act The Tyde, featuring former members of the ‘90s band Further, will kick off the night with their bright indie pop-rock sound.

Check out upcoming NightLife LIVE events here!



LIVE Music Performances
(West Garden)

Catch sets from the following acts:
6:00-7:45 pm— DJ sets by and Britt Govea and Chris Robinson from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
7:45-8:30 pm—The Tyde
8:45-9:45 pm— White Fence

Interactive Art
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
Enjoy this month’s featured art curator, Taro Hattori, plus LED artists Nick Leidecker and the mesmerizing LED Installation, Aurora Range.

Freaky Sets

Get weird all night to a DJ set from DJ Freaker (Alex Bleeker of Real Estate)

Bay Area Pop-Ups
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Browse used vinyl from Green Apple Books and Music and fresh indie vinyl from Bay Area Record Fair labels. We're talking FRESH Vinyl here people!

LIVE Screen Printing
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Check out the special edition July NightLife LIVE design, custom created bySan Franspycho. Bring a shirt or tote and get a print for $10 or buy one of their custom printed, high-style versions for $20-$25.

Creative Workshops
(Swamp & Project Lab)
6:00 - 8:00pm,
Make animal-inspired crafts with our resident craft expert Julia Jane Mooreand let your creative juices flow with Paint Pens Collective.


About NightLife LIVE
Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with the NightLife LIVE 2016 summer music series (as part of our weekly Thursday night programming).

Catch live performances on the outdoor West Garden stage as the greenest museum on the planet transforms into one of SF's most unique music venues. Experience interactive art installations, out-of-this-world video projections, science side shows, and more—all while exploring cutting-edge exhibits and marveling at 38,000 live animals.

Special thanks to DoTheBay, our official media partner for NightLife LIVE 2016!

More details here.



Please note that the Academy's planetarium will be closed for upgrades from September 6 - October 20, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. The planetarium will re-open on October 21 with an all-new projection system, providing a richer, more immersive experience inside one of the world’s largest all-digital planetarium domes.

Head upstairs to the Forum Theater to check out 3D Universe, a 25-minute, presenter-led experience that takes us on 3D tour of our Universe and illustrates Earth’s place in the cosmos or head to the Living Roof to scope the stars and talk with the Planetarium team on Space Science.


6:00-7:45 pm,
Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Color of Life—Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens.

6:00-10:00 pm, Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed—Marvel at rarely-seen fish and invertebrates from little-known reefs and learn about Academy scientists who travel to mysterious underwater depths.


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.


Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


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August 10th at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a special performance from Electric Guest and the She's.

August 17th at 6:00 pm

Cat lovers unite for NightLife's tribute to our four-pawed friends!

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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