Sketchfest NightLife

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.


"It's Almost Science" Hall
(African Hall)
6:30-7:00 pm & 9:00-9:30 pm, Join us for "Fake Ted Talks" with guests Paul & Storm, Adam Savage from Mythbusters, and more!

7:30-8:30 pm, The Probably Science Podcast hosts a live discussion featuring Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood and Adam Savage. 

Mystery Science Forum
(Forum, Second Level)

Original "Mystery Science Theater 3000" cast members Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff will riff off short films in the Forum reviving one of your favorite cult classic shows live!

Show Times:
6:30-6:50 pm, Show #1
7:10-7:30 pm, Show #2
7:50-8:10 pm, Show #3

Stand Up Central

6:40-8:10 pm, Enjoy stand up sets from SF Sketchfest comics Dave Hill, Barbara Holm, Casey Ley, Irene Tu, Trevor Hill, Bryan Cook, Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood, and host Jules Posner.

8:40-9:40 pm,  Enjoy a round of Competitive Erotic Science Fan Fiction with host Bryan Cook and guests Kevin Allison from The State and RISK!, Dave Hill, Josh Androsky, Trevor Hill, Barbara Holm, Casey Ley, and Jules Posner.

Laughter Station
(Project Lab)

6:30-9:00 pm, Become an anthropologist for an evening and discover the evolutionary origins of laughter, its causes, and more with The Leakey Foundation.

DJ Set
(Coral Reef)

6:00-10:00 pm, Take a break from laughing your socks off to dance your socks off with a New Wave City DJ set from DJ Shindog in the Coral Reef (including a David Bowie tribute!)

Cards Against Humanity
(The Terrace)

6:00-10:00 pm, Swing by The Terrace in the West Garden for fresh California brews, tasty bites, and a hilarious round of Cards Against Humanity

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


  • 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

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

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

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the incredible scale of the known Universe in a live presentation with a humorous atmosphere!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 6th at 6:00 pm

Get ready for an evening of sparkling, shimmering science with the new Gems and Minerals exhibit.

October 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife LIVE performances by Dan Deacon and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, presented by Treasure Island Music Festival

October 20th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife hosts an evening of yoga inside the greenest museum on the plane

October 27th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at night as NightLife joins forces with the Bay Area Science Festival!

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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