Sorry, all VIP Tours are sold out for this event! 

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

Live Performance by Monster Rally
DJ Sets by Make it Funky & King Most

Music presented by Noise Pop. In partnership with DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Jack Daniel's.

Channel your inner Jedi during an evening of galactic entertainment inspired by a galaxy far, far away.



  • From 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Step into a snowy silent disco conducted by the young Jedi, DJ King Most.

  • From 8:45 - 9:45pm, Return to the snowy planet to grab a drink and catch an otherworldly performance by Monster Rally, whose music is described by Pitchfork as “pure, distilled escapism: 42 straight minutes of somewhere else”.

Jedi Academy
African Hall
6:30, 8:30, & 9:30 PM

  • Get into character and see if you have what it takes to stop the empire with lightsaber workshops presented by the Saber Guild.

Saber Clash
African Hall
7:00 & 8:00 PM

Force Showcase
Project Lab
6 - 10pm

Phillipine Coral Reef
6 - 10pm​​​​

  • ​​​Grab a cocktail and descend into the underwater city for a set by Make it Funky DJs.

Light and Dark
6 - 10pm
Come in costume and take photos with costume clubs roaming around the building throughout the night including:

Please note: This event often sells out. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.


Event attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes for this event. For the safety and enjoyment of our guests, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent in nature.
  • For the safety of all visitors, we ask that guests refrain from wearing masks or other items which obscure the face.
  • Costumes should not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • The California Academy of Sciences reserves the right to turn away any guest with a costume that we deem offensive or unsafe.



  • 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 $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!



  • 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.


This event is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Explore what Academy researchers are doing behind the scenes in this live Planetarium show.

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Travel more than 12 parsecs with Sr Presenter Josh Roberts to find out about other worlds in our Universe.

9:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

October 6th at 6:00 pm

Bird is the word! Flock over to NightLife for beers and birds in honor of this Oktoberfest tradition.

October 13th at 6:00 pm

Touch, smell, hear, taste, and feel your way through the museum for a night that just makes sense.

October 20th at 6:00 pm

Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different. For adults 21+.

October 27th at 6:00 pm

We’re dying to have you back at our annual Halloween bash for a spine-tingling night dead-icated to science!

Upcoming free virtual events

October 6th at 7:00 pm

What live everywhere there’s water, are invisible to the naked eye, and are essential to life on Earth? Diatoms!

October 20th at 7:00 pm

We’re throwing a mini-festival celebrating the ground beneath your feet.