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Celebrate one of life’s most classic combos—coffee and chocolate—in a tribute to two of the Bay Area’s favorite ways to get buzzed.
Music by Jamie Jams
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Live Talks: Spilling The Beans
At 8:30 PM, Learn the secrets of small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate with a live talk from Christine Keating, Lead Chocolate Educator at Dandelion Chocolate.
Experience: Beloved Brew
6 - 10 PM
Sharpen your sense of taste and smell with low-stakes taste tests with the Sunset’s Andytown Coffee Roasters (now being served in the Academy Café!) and Henry’s House of Coffee. Plus, get to know Coffee Manufactory, a coffee roaster born out of Tartine Bakery.
Experience: Taste of Chocolate
6 - 10 PM
Experience: Cafecito y Cubilete
6 - 10 PM
Take part in an interactive installation in the form of a mobile cart where you'll be offered un cafecito and invited to play a Cuban dice game.
- 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.
- Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
- Passes are $5 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!
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.
Explore what Academy researchers are doing behind the scenes in this live Planetarium show.
Journey through our solar system, guided by Tom Hanks.
Upcoming NightLife Events
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the Academy’s latest show, Expedition Reef.
Virtual NightLife is going to space! Join us for Vol. 6, when we’ll be mixing cosmos with the cosmos.