Members of The Hive enjoy access to exclusive, curated events including scientist-led expeditions and excursions, exhibit openings, cocktail parties, lectures, citizen science workshops, and more.

Past Hive Events

Hive Stargazing

Wednesday, November 8, 7-9 pm
Explore the Night Sky with The Hive!

Join us on our legendary living roof for a night of stargazing, telescope-viewing, and wine -- and don't forget to vote on your favorite Planetarium show to watch on the big screen!

For members of the Hive, the Asian Art Museum's Lunar Society, and their guests only.

Hive Halloween 2017

Thursday, October 26, 6-10 pm
Hive Halloween Party

Eat, drink, and be scary at the 3rd annual Hive Halloween NightLife Private Lounge! From 6:30-8:30 enjoy inspired hors-d'oeuvres and an open bar, transform yourself with face painting, and geek out about creepy-crawlies with a visit from one of our live specimens. At 8:30, head out into Creatures of the NightLife and enjoy all the spooky corners of a haunted museum!


Thursdays, August 17 & 24, and September 14 & 21, 6:30-9 pm
Pick-Your-Own Event at the Asian Art Museum!

Members of the Hive are invited to join the Asian Art Museum’s Lunar Society for these special summer programs! Tickets are limited but free for Hive members with special promo code... keep your eye out for it in the Hive eNews!



Saturday, August 5, 10 am-1 pm
Volunteer Outing at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Give back to the city with a volunteering opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden here in Golden Gate Park! Grab your work boots and gear up for a morning of digging, weeding, mulching, and general fun-in-the-dirt.

Nature Sketch Workshop

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Nature Sketch Workshop with John Muir Laws

Join The Hive for an evening of art, nature, and wine! Learn the ropes of nature journaling and scientific illustration from artist, naturalist, and educator John Muir Laws surrounded by the creative ambiance of Tusher African Hall. Artists and non-artists of all experience levels encouraged to attend!

Mingle with Academy artists on staff (ranging from our Exhibits Team to Botany and Entomology Departments), view and sketch rare specimens from the Academy collections, stop by the mini-gallery table and take home a print by one of the pros, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres with your fellow Hive members!

Angel Island Excursion with the Hive

Saturday, June 10, 9 am-3 pm
Angel Island Excursion

Join us for an expedition to one of the Bay Area's most historic landmarks—the "Ellis Island of the West." Hop the ferry with the Hive to learn more about the fascinating history, flora, and fauna of this hidden gem.

9:00am: Meet at Pier 41 and take the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry headed towards Angel Island.
10:00am: Historical, nature, and scenic tour of the island guided by Annetta Black (Curator and Co-Founder of Odd Salon) and Academy scientists and researchers.
12:00pm: Free time to relax, roam around, and take in the beautiful views the island has to offer.
2:00pm: Ferry back to the city.


Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit Opening

For as long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, flying animals called pterosaurs ruled the skies. Not birds, not bats, not dinosaurs — these extraordinary winged reptiles adapted for life in the air and were the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. In the Academy’s revealing new exhibit, explore rare fossils and discover the amazing diversity and evolution of these ancient creatures.

Enjoy a hosted bar and light appetizers. Capacity is limited.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York and generously supported at the Academy by JetBlue.

Big Bang 2017

Thursday, April 27, 8:30 pm–midnight
Big Bang: Party After Dark

Hive members enjoy countless events, including complimentary tickets to the Bay’s biggest bash of the year—Big Bang: Party After Dark on Thursday, April 27.

This year, Party After Dark will feature a live DJ set by Hot Chip, a performance by The Bumbys, a Summer of Love-inspired psychedelic cocktail lounge, complimentary bites and open bars, gourmet food trucks, and so much more! ($125 ticket value)

Hive Movie Night

Friday, March 24, 6:30-9:30 pm
Hive Movie Night in Morrison Planetarium

Join us for movie snacks, beer and wine, and a special screening of Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men in Morrison Planetarium—the world’s largest all-digital dome! Presented in partnership with SF Film Society.


SF Beer Week 2017

Thursday, February 16, 6 pm-10 pm
SF Beer Week NightLife

It's the most refreshing event of the year; SF Beer Week is here! Taste your way through the Bay Area's master brewers and distillers to learn all you can about the tastiest microbrews around!

Hive members receive 5 complimentary tasting tickets! That’s 5 different beers. Or 5 of the same beer. With over a dozen breweries to choose from, that’s a tough decision. We’ll let you decide.

Jennifer Pahlka

Wednesday, February 1, 7:30-9:30 pm
Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In

A Seminar with Jennifer Pahlka

Explore long-term thinking with the Hive and the Long Now Foundation. Join us at SFJAZZ for a seminar featuring Jennifer Pahlka; founder and Executive Director of Code for America, former US Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and coder/game developer extraordinaire. Get your tickets here.

Hive members contact hive@calacademy.org for a special discount!

Collections Tour

Thursday, January 26, 6:30–8 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Academy Collections

Join us for a special tour of the Academy's Ornithology and Entomology collections, and a behind-the-scenes look into the Steinhart Aquarium! Enjoy drinks and appetizers before, and all of NightLife after. Now that's a Thursday night.


2016 Hive Events

  • December 6 and 13: Academy Holiday Member Nights
  • October 27: 2nd Annual Halloween NightLife Private Lounge
  • October 8: Private Gem Vault Tour
  • September 25: Baker Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation
  • August 18: The Hive vs. Exploratorium Lab: Science Pub Trivia
  • July 28: BigPicture NightLife Premiere
  • July 14: Scavenger Hunt at the Academy
  • May 21: History and Nature Tour of Golden Gate Park
  • April 28: Big Bang: Party After Dark
  • March 16: Hive Movie Screening at the Academy
  • March 9: Incoming! Planetarium Premiere and Reception
  • February 11: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Academy Collections
  • January 16: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Volunteer Outing

2015 Hive Events


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