Get lost in the magical, mystical world of mushrooms at our annual fan-favorite fungi-focused NightLife.

Featured DJ: Sep


Live Talks
African Hall

  • At 7:30 PM, Tap into Indigenous perspectives on mycology with a talk from Mutsun-Ohlone Indigenous consultant Kanyon Sayers-Roods.
  • At 8:30 PM, Join the conversation around cultivation, research, and decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms with Oakland Hyphae Labs.

Mazu Mushrooms
Science Today
6 - 10 PM (While supplies last)
Expand your mind while getting your hands dirty in a workshop with Arthur Lee of Mazu Mushrooms, where you’ll learn all about mushroom cultivation and build your own oyster mushroom grow kit to take home.

  • At 8:00 PM, Join Arthur Lee and Maya Elson, executive director of CoRenewal, for Mycopsychology: Deepening Our Mycelial Connections, a live talk that explores personal connections to fungi and shares practices for connecting with fungi to encourage personal and planetary healing.

6 - 10 PM
Stop in to check out four short films from Fungi Film Fest, including: Mushroom Biomusic: Yellow Oyster, which uses fungi data to make music and control visuals; Spineless, which spotlights myriad miniscule creatures and their intimate alliances with fungi; Symfaunic, a fictional tale of a young faun whose radical thinking challenges the norms of the forest; and The Boat, a story of a boat that must navigate a tumultuous sea of mushrooms to find her lost sister ship.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • To help keep guests safe and ensure everyone has plenty of room to roam, NightLife will be limiting capacity and have timed-entry tickets.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQ's for more details.

    Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium, and masks must be worn properly at all times.

  • Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Academy Café and West Garden Terrace including a variety of grab-and-go options, craft cocktails, and more. All food and drink must be enjoyed outdoors.
  • Please embrace the Academy’s three favorite Ws: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. All guests will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be enforced according to the latest public health and safety guidelines.
  • NightLife is adults-only for 21+
  • Still have Q’s? See our FAQ’s here.




Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Most fungus is hidden from view—So how can we study these microbes that are an essential part of nature?

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