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This week, learn about the rich history and flavorful future of mezcal at NightLife’s spirit-focused celebration of Cinco de Mayo, co-presented by the MEX I AM festival showcasing the best of Mexico.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:00 - 8:30pm, Kick off the evening with Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco Dr. Andrés Roemer, followed by talks on the history and future of mezcal from the following experts:
7:00pm, Elisandro Gonzalez will discuss mezcal as a family business and an economic boost to communities of Oaxaca.
7:30pm, Raza Zaid will talk about sustainable mezcal production methods and on balancing conservation with growth.
8:00pm, Max Garrone will discuss the meteoric rize of mezcal and why it's the new favorite the spirits and cocktail world.
6:00 - 10:00pm, At the Project Lab learn about how nature assists in mezcal production with Academy scientists Drs. Lauren Esposito and Jack Dumbacher. UC Santa Cruz post docs, Esteli Jiminez - Soto and Kate Ennis will discuss how climate change is effecting Mexican forests & coffee agriculture and Post docs at UCSF Neuroscience discuss the science of spice.
Mexican Inspired Treats
6:00 - 10:00pm, Get refreshed while tasting samples of Hard Frescos.
FOOD & DRINK
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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.
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.
6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life
Please note: Planetarium seating is limited . Admission is available to NightLife guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.
PLEASE BE ADVISED
Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
Upcoming ticketed museum events
Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.
See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.
Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.
Upcoming free virtual events
Explore the tropical rainforests of the world with a session dedicated to these iconic and important ecosystems.
Learn about bird breeding season and how scientists monitor the health of CA songbird populations.
Get a better understanding of shark physiology and peer into some jaws and maws.