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Plan ahead and save! Buy online at least one day in advance to lock in the lowest price on NightLife tickets. For more information, see our Plan-Ahead Pricing FAQ.

NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

Taste your way through a pop-up beer garden with local breweries slinging their best botanical-forward brews.

Tip: This annual event often sells out, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

DJ Set by Push The Feeling

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Beer Garden
East Garden
6:00 - 10:00pm
Taste your way through a pop-up beer garden with local breweries slinging their best botanical-forward brews, including

**Please Note**
Beer tasting tickets are available for purchase in the East Garden. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables, only beer tickets.

Beer Ticket Prices:
$2 for 1 ticket
1-2 tickets for 3-ounce taste
4-6 tickets for 12-ounce full beer
Beer pricing varies at each tasting table

Pub Trivia
African Hall
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 PM

  • If you're a trivia champ, put your knowledge to the test with fun quizzes about beer, botany, and beyond with Brainstormer Trivia.

Pop-Up Talks: Professors & Pints
Science Today

  • At 7:00, Catch a pop-up talk from the Golden State’s cidermaster Tim Godfrey about just how they transform apples and champagne yeast into crispy dry ciders.

  • At 7:30, Learn all about the human microbiome with Dr. Tiffany Scharschmidt.

  • At 8:00, Dr. Alex Marson will discuss the present and future of gene editing, biohacking, and CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)

  • At 8:30, Find out about the future of immunotherapy and cancer treatment with Dr. Max Krummel.

Beer & Botany Showcase
East Garden
6:00 - 10:00pm

  • Chat with plant and beer lovers from the California Native Plant Society, play a few “Beer and Botany” games, and learn about their IPAs (Important Plant Areas) for IPAs (India Pale Ales) project #IPAs4IPAs. Also, chat with bioengineering researcher Cameron Kim (Stanford) about using yeast to ferment eco-friendly biomaterials.

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BEER GARDEN TICKET PRICES

Beer tasting tickets are available for purchase in the East Garden. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables, only beer tickets.

  • $2 for 1 ticket
  • 1-2 tickets for 3-ounce taste
  • 4-6 tickets for 12-ounce full beer
  • Beer pricing varies at each tasting table

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Last entry for the Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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FOOD & DRINK

  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

9:30 pm

Find out what the Apollo astronauts found on the lunar surface—and why we may want to go back.

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