Chinese Lion

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

Kick off the Lunar New Year with lion dance performances, martial arts, tea tastings, and more!


Lion Dance
​(African Hall)
Celebrate the "Year of the Rooster" with  four powerful performances by SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, a Chinatown-based martial arts performance troupe and renowned Bay Area magician, Dan Chan.

  • 7:30pm - Chinese Yo Yo performance by Dan Chan
  • 7:40pm - Lion Dance Workshop
  • 8:30pm - Bian Lian Mask performance by Dan Chan
  • 8:40pm - Lion Dance and Martial Arts performance

Science of Szechuan Pepper
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Stop by Mission Chinese to try some traditional Mapa Tofu Soup samples and to learn more about the art of Chinese cooking.

8:00pm, Here a talk about the science of Szechuan peppers and why they're essential to Chinese cooking.

Chinese New Year Craft
6:00 - 9:00pm, 
Have fun sewing your own lunar new year animal crafts with Julia Jane Moore.

Chinese Traditions
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Learn about traditional Chinese teas while sipping samples with Fabula Tea, then chat with in-the-know historians from the Chinese Historical Society of America while learning how to tie decorative Chinese knots.

Colorful Grooves
(Coral Reef)
6:00 -10:00pm,
In the coral reef, groove to retro, surf-inspired beats from Dj Tanoa "Samoa Boy" while watching thousands of colorful reef fish swim by.



  • 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. 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, 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

Learn about the latest technology in ground-based telescopes in Chile and how people around the world are wor

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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January 24th at 6:00 pm

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