• Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • Photo © Renata Raksha
  • Silent disco at Party After Dark
  • Mayer Hawthorne at Party After Dark
  • Party After Dark revelers viewing the stars through a telescope
  • Party People

Thank you for your interest in Big Bang: Party After Dark. General Admission tickets are currently sold out. However, complimentary tickets ($100 value) are still available for those who join The Hive.

Thursday, April 28
8:30 pm – midnight
For adults 21+

Watch our video invite

Join us for the biggest party in the Bay on April 28, 2016! Party After Dark spills across the Academy’s multiple indoor and outdoor venues and will feature a live Purity Ring DJ Set, photo booths, complimentary bites and open bars, a silent disco, a special appearance by MythBusters' Adam Savage, food trucks, and much more!

Skip the line: Hive members receive expedited entry to the event. 

The Big Bang supports the Academy as it shares its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with 1.5 million visitors each year, and millions more online. ($45 of each ticket is tax-deductible)

Dress to impress!

The Hive

Join The Hive, the Academy’s group for science enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, and receive a complimentary ticket and expedited entry to Party After Dark! More information here.


Purity Ring

Purity Ring (DJ Set) feat. Corin Roddick b2b Megan James

Purity Ring makes lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. The Edmonton, Canada-based duo, formed by Megan James and Corin Roddick, are part of a genre-defiant category of music – self labeled Future Pop. Purity Ring has performed on Conan O’Brien and Austin City Limits. They will be joining us after playing both weekends at Coachella this year.

Silent disco in African Hall

Silent Disco in African Hall

Dance to Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown and all of today’s pop & hip hop favorites through wireless headsets alongside zebras, lions, and the Academy’s live penguins in the Silent Disco, powered by Silent Storm. Funk dance party courtesy of DJ Dave Paul of Michael Jackson vs. Prince fame.


Adam Savage

Adam Savage

Don’t miss fake TED talks from MythBusters' Adam Savage. Additional guests and surprises to be announced soon!

Hive members receive preferred seating to this special presentation.

Matt Haze

Matt Haze

Our opening DJ is a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, and covered in a stylish beard. One of the most current DJs on the West Coast, Matt Haze rubs contemporary and classic jams with a marinade of cutting edge beats and a nod to the old-school. He is difficult to classify but impossible to resist.

Slider Shack

Food Trucks

Enjoy local, organic tacos from The Taco Guys. This bright orange truck wheels around the Bay Area doling out what its followers call “the most original tacos around.” Also on the menu are delicious sliders from Slider Shack—where the sliders are topped with delectable island-inspired sauces and served on Hawaiian rolls.

The Booth Bus

Photo Booths

Head out to the East Garden and get your silly on with The Booth Bus, a 1970 Volkswagen bus converted into a one-of-a-kind photo booth. The bus may be vintage but the photo booth is as high-quality and modern as it gets. Don’t forget the additional photo booths scattered throughout the main floor—who could ever have too many photo booth pictures?

Billion Jelly Bloom

Billion Jelly Bloom

Back by popular demand, Billion Jelly Bloom will transform the night air into an ocean inhabited by a crowd-surfing, dance partner-sized, luminous jellyfish bloom. You won't want to miss these delightfully swarming invertebrates!

Share This

Share Your Big Bang Moments



For additional event information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact (415) 379-5411 or email us at events@calacademy.org.

Join The Hive

Science + Social. The Academy’s exclusive donor group for individuals in their 20s and 30s. Become a member of The Hive today and receive a free ticket to the Party After Dark and special access to our VIP experience!

Generously supported by
Carmel Partners
Thanks to our in-kind sponsors

Caldwell Vineyard
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Korbel California Champagne
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Trumer Pils