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.

Taking over the Forum for some live riffing are twisted "Mystery Science Theater 3000" scientists Frank Beaulieu and Frank Conniff in The Mads Are Back, along with Strangerer Things, an improvised send up of last summer's beloved 80's-esque sci-fi series.

In the African Hall, witness some seriously funny Fake TED Talks with special guests.

The Terrace is home to two live popular science-themed podcasts, Eureka! and This Week in Science.

In the Piazza, 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, as well as a stand-up nebula featuring Julie Ash, Kaseem Bentley, Casey Ley, Andrew Orolfo, Greg Santos, Jacob Sirof, Ta'Vi and Emily Van Dyke. New Wave City's DJ Shindog spins all night long in the Coral Reef.

Plus more to be announced! It's the biggest night of awesome, geeky greatness this side of the galaxy! 



  • 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, 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.


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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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