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Members $12, Non-Members $15.
NightLife is 21+, ID required for entry.

NightLife’s summer music series returns! Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with NightLife LIVE (as part of our weekly Thursday night programming).

Catch live performances on the West Garden stage as the greenest museum on the planet transforms into one of SF's most unique music venues. Experience interactive art installations, out-of-this-world video projections, science side shows, and more—all while exploring cutting-edge exhibits and marveling at 38,000 live animals. See the full NightLife LIVE 2015 lineup below.

The 2015 series runs May 14—October 15, 2015

West Garden show times:
DJ—6:00-7:45 pm
Opening band—7:45-8:30 pm
Headliner band—8:45-9:45 pm

About NightLife:
NightLife is every Thursday night from 6–10 pm. Set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea with a cocktail in hand and wonder in your eyes. 21+, ID required for entry. Tickets $15 ($12 for members).

July 9

The Dodos

The Dodos
Doe Eye
DJ's Omar & Aaron Axelsen
Presented by Popscene SF


August 6

NightLife LIVE stage

and more!
Presented by Outside Lands



September 10


Moon Duo
Peaking Lights Acid Test
Britt Govea (DJ set / Folkyeah)
Presented by (((folkYEAH!)))



More To Explore

On one select Thursday each month, NightLife LIVE enlists the expertise of buzzworthy local tastemakers to pair emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an innovative intersection of science, music, and art. See what's on deck for summer 2015!

Science Side Shows

Get hands-on with local science groups like Bay Area Science Festival, BioCurious, Counter Culture Labs and UC Santa Cruz’s OpenLab.

LIVE Happy Hour

Head to the West Garden from 6:00-7:45 pm and enjoy DJ sets, happy hour bites, cocktails, lawn games, and more! Plus, stop by the NightLife LIVE photobooth, provided by SnapYourself. 

Stage visuals provided by ALL OF IT NOW.

Art Displays

Help create a "data experience" with a live installation from Barcelona’s Domestic Data Streamers and browse pop-up displays from local collective CODAME Art + Tech.

Witness a special installation from a different featured artist at each event, starting with Boback Emad on May 14th. Art curated by Betty Bigas.

Soundcloud Playlist

Get a preview of who's hitting the LIVE stage this summer with the NightLife LIVE Soundcloud playlist. 

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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.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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