Succulent Wall

Members: $12
Non-Members: $15
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Music by DJ Luiza Sa Davis

Grow that green thumb and dig in: We’re calling all lovers of succulents, fiddle-leaf figs, giant ferns, and everything in-between.

Chlorophyll Corner
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

  • Get practical tips from Garden for the Environment and Conservatory of Flowers & SF Botanical Gardens whose mission is to teach every San Franciscan how to garden, in order to contribute to food sustainability through urban gardens and farms.
  • Want to branch out beyond the humble spider plant? Marlene Simon, aka The Plant Lady, will show you carnivorous plants, staghorn ferns, air plants, and unusual edibles that even apartment-dwellers can grow.
  • Need some houseplant 101? Léon & George, purveyors of houseplants, will share plant-care secrets and test your plant-tending skills at their fun and leafy station.
  • Science illustrator Sean Edgerton will display some specimens from the botany collection and talk about the observational skills it takes to accurately depict these plants in detailed renderings.
  • Learn about the art of Bonsai with Krisa Fredrickson and George Haas of Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, the largest all volunteer Bonsai group in the country.

Green Thumbs
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Make a one-of-a-kind plant container out of recycled materials with Green Art Workshop plus learn about the ambitious plans of Plenty, a farming startup that hopes to bring its indoor vertical farms to every major city in the U.S.

Academy Botanist Talk
(Science Today, East Pavilion)

-----> Explore the Academy’s botany department—that’d be the study of plants—with a pop-up talk by curator Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum. She’s one of a handful of experts in the world who studies cycads, ancient palm-like plants that comprise the most endangered group of organisms on Earth.

-----> Don’t forget to show your love for plants with your drink order—try NightLife’s signature craft beer, Magnolia’s Aliciella Bitter, brewed with plant types found on our Living Roof.



  • 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 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

Learn about the latest technology in ground-based telescopes

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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March 14th at 6:00 pm

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March 21st at 6:00 pm

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