SF Beer Week

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

It’s the most refreshing week of the year, SF Beer Week is here!

Bay Area Beer Hall
(Piazza & Swamp)

6–10 pm, Sip your way through a pop-up beer hall with dozens of local breweries including Ale Industries, Almanac, Anchor Brewing, Calicraft Brewing Co., Drake’s Brewing, Fort Point, Golden State Cider, New Bohemia, Pine Street, Six Rivers Brewery, Triple Voodoo, and more.

**Please Note**
Beer tasting tickets are available for purchase by the Swamp. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables throughout the museum, only beer tickets.

Beer Ticket Prices:
$2 for 1 ticket
1-2 tickets for 3-ounce taste
4-5 tickets for 12-ounce full beer
Beer pricing varies at each tasting table

Science of Brewing and Botany
(Project Lab)

6–10 pm, Treat your tastebuds to NightLife’s first-ever craft beer Aliciella Bitter, brewed by Magnolia Brewing Co. with plant types found on the museum’s living roof all while learning about the colorful history of Alice Eastwood, the renowned Academy botanist who inspired the museum’s signature beer.

Plus, meet Dr. Alicia Taylor from UC Berkeley who will break down the fascinating role that microbiology plays in brewing, then learn how to master the art of beer-making with a live demo from SF Brewcraft.

Dance Break!
(Piazza & Coral Reef)

6–10 pm, Catch a DJ set in the Piazza by Captain Planet (Bastard Jazz, LA), and More SF DJ's Matt Haze and Alarm.

Head to the Coral Reef for a DJ set by Mountain of Youth, MykillRa Varuna, and DJ Bairfro.

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6–9:30 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.

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

6–10 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life


  • 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.


Planetarium Shows

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

6:30 pm

Beer and astronomy, who could think of a better way to spend the night?

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 5th at 6:00 pm

Back by popular demand: NightLife is serving up a host of how-to workshops, demos, and more! 

January 12th at 6:00 pm

Put down the button mushrooms and discover fungi’s true potential!

January 19th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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