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

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.


The Mezcaleria ​
(African Hall)
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.

8:30pm, Catch mezcal mixology demos from local hotspots La Urbana, Bartlett Hall, Lolo, and more, presented by Mezcalistas.

Spirits Science
(Project Lab)
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.

Groove to the Latin and tropical rhythms of Deejay Theory and Deejay Baysik.


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.

Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

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