• Party After Dark
  • Party After Dark
  • Party After Dark
  • Party After Dark
  • Party After Dark

Tickets on sale now—limited quantities available!

Big Bang: Party After Dark
Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:30 pm – midnight
For guests 21+ with ID

The sun goes down, the drinks begin to flow, the creatures of the night come out...and a night of revelry begins. Join us under our living roof for open bars and complimentary bites, an all-new VIP experience, a silent disco in the aquarium, and a universe of surprises. (Hint: Who says playgrounds have to be for kids?)

Dress to impress!

  • Super Early Bird GA ($85) SOLD OUT!
  • Early Bird GA ($100) GOING FAST!
  • General Admission ($125) ​
  • VIP Lounge ($175)
  • VIP Table with Bottle Service for 10 ($2,500)

All but $35 of each GA ticket and $50 of each VIP ticket is tax-deductible. For packages, all but $35 of each ticket utilized is tax-deductible

Party After Dark is presented by The Hive: The Academy’s membership group for science enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s. Join today and receive a complimentary VIP ticket and expedited entry into Party After Dark.



Grammy-winning musician T-Pain pictured with his logo


The Hive is proud to welcome two-time Grammy winner and hip-hop visionary T-Pain to the Party After Dark main stage. The artist behind triple-platinum party-anthem-to-end-all-party-anthems, "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," is currently working on his fifth album, "Stoicville: The Phoenix."     

A couple lounging on a blue banquette in the Party After Dark VIP Lounge

New! VIP Lounge

Amplify your evening in our new VIP Lounge. Featuring a celebrity DJ, private tables, and bottle service. See tickets for more details.

Topher White installing a solar-powered listening device in the forest canopy

Topher White

Topher White is the founder of Rainforest Connection, a startup which converts recycled cellphones into solar-powered listening devices to monitor and protect remote areas of the rainforest from illegal logging and poaching operations.

A multicolored ball pit

New! Adult Playground

Embrace your inner child at a playground just for grown-ups. Try your hand at giant lawn games, enjoy a frozen treat from an ice cream truck, and ham it up in our ball pit photo booth.

A colorful still from Vortex 2.0 inside the Morrison Planetarium

Vortex 2.0

Catch a screening of Vortex 2.0, an art and music experience in the world's largest all-digital dome. Featuring new work from artists Bedtimes (with music by Shigeto), Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Chris Bjerre, Can Buyukberber, and Obscura.

A couple smooches in front of the jellyfish tank as they groove to the silent disco

Silent Disco in the Aquarium

Coral reefs are the best place to rock out. Get your groove on alongside thousands of tropical fish at a silent disco in the Steinhart Aquarium.

More surprises to be announced—check back soon!


Party After Dark and Big Bang Gala ticket sales help the Academy share its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with 1.5 million visitors each year.


Generously supported by
Thanks to our in-kind sponsors
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Korbel California Champagne
Rodney Strong Vineyards

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