NightLife: Feel the Force

The force is strong with this NightLife.

You have been invited on a mission to party like a rebel in a galaxy not-so far, far away. Gather the droids, alert the Jedis, load up your X-wing, and get ready for an epic galactic adventure featuring a live lightsaber duel, cosmic marketplace, and so much more.

Don’t wait: Tickets are moving faster than the Millenium Falcon on the Kessel Run. Grab yours today—you’re our only hope!

Sounds by DJ Jedi

Check out DJ Jedi's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page.


Jedi Clash
8:00 PM & 9:00 PM

  • Cheer your favorite villain or hero to victory during a thrilling lightsaber duel reenacted by the Lux Saber Corps.

The Outpost
6 - 10 PM

Droid Drift
6 - 10 PM

  • Say hello to wandering droids from Bay Area R2 Builders as they meander around the museum.

The Cantina
Curiosity Grove
6 - 9 PM

  • Stop by to charge up for the journey ahead with Darth Vader Taters (loaded tots), Obi Wantonobis (vegetable potstickers), and Tie Fighters (cream cheese oreo cakepops). 

20th Century Space Opera
Science Today
6 - 10 PM

  • Marvel at the mastery of artist Robert Xavier Burden while watching one of his detailed Star Wars-inspired oil paintings come to life in a time-lapse video.



Event attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes for this event. For the safety and enjoyment of our guests, please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Masks/helmets may not cover your face while you are in the building.
  • Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent in nature.
  • Costumes should not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits.
  • Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • The California Academy of Sciences reserves the right to turn away any guest with a costume that we deem offensive or unsafe.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Travel more than 12 parsecs to find out about other worlds in our Universe.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

Why is California so special? Find out at the grand opening of our newest exhibit, California: State of Nature.

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Sounds by DJ Mark Maiden