What’s the purrr-fect way to proclaim your love of all things feline? By joining other cat lovers for a tribute to our whiskered friends of all shapes and sizes.


Internet Cat Video Festival by SF Sketchfest
(African Hall)
8:00 & 9:00pm

-----> Laugh up a hairball or two with NightLife’s very own cat video festival, featuring the internet’s funniest feline antics and presented by SF Sketchfest.

Crazy Cat Lady
(African Hall)

-----> Crazy about cats? Find out just how crazy when Sarah Ewald, assistant professor at University of Virginia, discusses host-parasites that get us a little too close to cats.

Cats Around Town
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00

-----> Meet the Cat Man of West Oakland (aka Adam Myatt), as he talks about his work with Oakland’s feral cat population he photographed for years before helping open the Cat Town Cafe & Adoption Center, the first of its kind in the country.

-----> Plus, check out a Sabertooth Tiger Skeleton from the Academy Collections and learn more about the big cat that ruled the past.

SF SPCA Kitten Corral
(East Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Looking for a cat companion? Visit the SF SPCA Kitten corral in the East Garden to peek at some cute kittens available for adoption and learn more about SF SPCA's efforts to find homes for every stray. 

Wild Cats
(West Garden)
6:45 & 7:45pm

-----> Like your cats a little wilder? Behold the majesty of Ocelots and Servals when Classroom Safari brings their very special feline guests.

Creative Cats
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> In the Swamp, NightLife illustrator Nigel Sussman will take your drawing “party animal” requests (cats encouraged, of course). Then, get some whiskers with Beatriz Facepainting.

Music By: R&B ONLY's Resident DJ, DJ Printz (COLORS)



  • 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.
  • Programming lineup subject to change.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6 – 9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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

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.

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

March 30th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals.

April 6th at 6:00 pm

Make room for ‘shrooms because fungi are taking over! Enter the world of mycology at this annual NightLife fave.

April 13th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

April 20th at 6:00 pm

It’s 4/20, you know what that means: let’s get stoned…by celebrating geology! Wait, what were you thinking?

Upcoming free virtual events

April 20th at 7:00 pm

Ice, soil, wood, diatomaceous deep-sea sediment — we're digging deep and returning with cores.