• Frame 2
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • Dan Deacon
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • Frame 4
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • NLL 2016
    Photo by John Hartsfield
  • Frame 6
  • Frame 7
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Frame 8
    Photo by Tim Williamson
  • Frame 9
    Photo by Milan Bhatt
  • coral reef
    Photo by Milan Bhatt

Members: $18  Non-Members: $22
Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3*
21+ with ID

Stay tuned for the NightLife LIVE 2019 summer lineup! 


NightLife LIVE 2018:
NightLife celebrates its fifth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series with four concerts in the West Garden, co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival.

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, and live performances on an outdoor stage transforms the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.

This year’s headliners include Com Truise, Elohim, CLASSIXX (live), and Kevin Morby—with more to be announced soon! Plus, stellar supporting acts The Seshen, Caleborate, SUMif, and Tanukichan. In true NightLife style, SF’s top DJs will keep the party going throughout the museum, including rotating sets by Chulita Vinyl Club, B-Side Brujas, and Sweater Funk.

Please note: Artists and programming lineup subject to change.

*Guarantee your seat under the stars! Reserve a Planetarium Pass to select your showtime in advance. Optional, but recommended. $3 per pass. Available online only.


2018 NightLife LIVE Dates:
July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11

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



July 12, 2018

Com Truise

August 9, 2018

Elohim Flowers

with Caleborate
DJ set by B-Side Brujas
In Partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival


September 13, 2018


Classixx (LIVE)
with SUMif
DJ set by Sweater Funk
Presented by Noise Pop


October 11, 2018

Kevin Morby

More to Explore at NightLife LIVE

VR Experiences & 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 special art installations from Taylor Dean Harrison and other Bay Area artists, 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.

Creative Workshops

Each NightLife LIVE event will also feature hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creative workshops with Paint Pens Collective.

2018 Media Partner

Thanks to DoTheBay, our official Media Partner for NightLife LIVE 2018! 

Spotify Playlist

On Spotify? Treat your ears to the NightLife LIVE 2018 Spotify playlist for a preview of this season's lineup.

NightLife LIVE Archives

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.