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*Please note this is a premier pricing event.
Members $18 Non-Members $22
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Music by DJ Omar Perez;
Performance by The Boulet Brothers & friends

The creatures come out at NightLife as the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling and outrageous night of supernatural science.


The Show
West Garden
8:45 pm

  • This year, The Boulet Brothers take over our annual Halloween drag show and costume contest with their signature sinister twist. These drag queens are the creators and hosts of Dragula, the cult reality show competition to find the world’s next “drag supermonster.” Come in costume—and step up the scary—for a chance to catch the eye of Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet.

Dark Carnival
African Hall
6p - 9p

  • Step right up to a spooky sideshow full of scientific curiosities and oddities from our very own research collections and featuring a chilling art exhibition by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo from The Midway Gallery. Curious spirits can learn about spiders, scorpions, Bobbitt worms, and other creepy creatures with Academy scientists while enjoying Halloween-themed spirits and cocktails of their own.

Lucid Nightmare
Science Today
6p - 10p

  • Venture into the dark corners of an artist’s imagination with VR games and experiences presented by Visionary Rentals.

Arcane Arcade
6p - 10p



  • Hurry! Last entry for our 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 cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, 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.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Come see the night sky in a spooktactular way!

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 29th at 6:00 pm

Can’t stand the heat? Explore some of the coolest creatures from some of the planet’s hottest climates.

September 5th at 6:00 pm

NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation, from cider to kimchi and everything in-between.

September 12th at 6:00 pm

Duckwrth performs at our 3rd installment of NightLife LIVE, co-presented by Noise Pop.

October 10th at 6:00 pm

Nick Hakim performs at our final installment of NightLife LIVE 2019, co-presented by Noise Pop.