Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

‘Tis the season to stuff those stockings, shop locally, and enjoy the festivities! This week, NightLife’s annual holiday bazaar returns, featuring a merry marketplace of gift-worthy treasures from dozens of local makers and merchants, all curated by SF Bazaar.


Holiday Bazaar
(African Hall & Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm
Find a little something for every person on your list at this one-stop holiday shop featuring a crafty selection of handmade jewelry, original artwork, ceramics and pottery, apothecary products, stationery, and more.

Also, stop by the Project Lab to check out the work of Academy scientific illustrators Sean Edgerton and Rachel Diaz-Bastin.

Frosty Disco
(Ice Rink, East Garden)
7:00, 8:00 & 9:00pm

Celebrate the winter season at our seasonal ice rink, part of the Academy’s‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice exhibit. Get groovy on skates with sets by MOM DJs, while a bar serving spiked hot beverages will be provided to vanquish any chills.

Hella Gay Dance Party
(Coral Reef)
6:00 - 10:00pm

After the rink (and a drink), head to solid ground and warm up with Bay Area’s epic Hella Gay Dance Party in the Philippine Coral Reef.



Celebrate the winter season with a few spins around our seasonal ice rink in the East Garden, part of the Academy’s‘Tis the Season for Science: Life on Ice exhibit.

Add a 45-minute ice session to your NightLife visit for just $12 ($10 for members).

Ice rink tickets can be purchased in advance here or on-site.



  • 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.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:00 pm. 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 6:00-9:30 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! And if craft cocktails aren't your thing, check out our craft beer offerings from Anchor Brewing Co.

All bars accept cash and credit cards.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Join a live planetarium presenter on a live exploration of the night sky above our planet's chilly poles.

8:30 pm

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

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 4th at 6:00 pm

It’s that time of year—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.

October 11th at 6:00 pm

Close out your San Francisco summer with the final NightLife LIVE performance of the year from Kevin Morby.

October 18th at 6:00 pm

Explore the mysteries beyond our solar system with a night dedicated to the search for extraterrestrials.

October 25th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife as the Academy transforms into an outrageous night of supernatural science.