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NightLife LIVE 2017 came and went, but the ear-ringing awesomeness lives on. Stay tuned for information on NightLife LIVE 2018—coming soon!

The information below is from 2017's festival.

NightLife celebrates its fourth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series in 2017 with four special Thursdays, July through October, partnering with Bay Area music promoters Noise Pop, Outside Lands, and Popscene.

NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art. The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, living rainforest, live performances on an outdoor stage transform the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in heart of Golden Gate Park.

This year’s NightLife LIVE headliners include Connan Mockasin, Electric Guest, Ryan Hemsworth, and DIIV along with supporting acts Morgan Delt, The She’s, Qrion, and Black Marble.

As with every NightLife event, SF’s top DJs will keep the party going throughout the museum, including rotating sets by King Most, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Popscene DJs.

*Artists and programming lineup subject to change. 


2017 NightLife LIVE Dates:
July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12

Performance Schedule:
Headliner—8:45-9:45 pm
​Opening Band—7:45-8:30 pm
​Indoor DJs—6:00-10:00 pm

About NightLife:
​NightLife is every Thursday night from 6–10 pm. Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits. 21+, ID required for entry.

September 14


Ryan Hemsworth
DJ sets by Aaron Axelsen & Omar Perez
Presented by Popscene


October 12


Black Marble
DJ Set by Chulita Vinyl Club
Presented by Noise Pop


More to Explore at NightLife LIVE

Art Displays

Concert goers can keep their senses stimulated between sets, exploring new featured artists and projects each week from the Bay Area’s most buzzworthy art collectives and studios—from immersive light shows and place-based art installations to VR experiences by Dream Logic offering new perspectives on the natural world.

Pop-Up Shops

NightLife LIVE will host rotating pop-up shops from local vendors like Amoeba Records and each event will feature a “one-night-only” custom design with screen printing by San Franpsycho.

Creativity Workshops

Each NightLife LIVE event will also feature hands-on, nature-inspired crafts with Julia Jane Moore and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective.

2017 Media Partner

Thanks to DoTheBay, our official Media Partner for NightLife LIVE 2017!

Spotify Playlist

On Spotify? Treat your ears to the NightLife LIVE 2017 Spotify playlist for a preview of this season's lineup.

NightLife LIVE Archives

Check out past seasons of NightLife LIVE:

NightLife LIVE 2015
NightLife LIVE 2016


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NightLife Food & Drink

Food & Drink

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.