sold out nightlife

Tonight's NightLife LIVE event, presented by Outside Lands Music Festival, is now SOLD OUT



The Alvvays performance is canceled due to international travel issues with the band. But don't fret! WATERS will now be headlining for NightLife LIVE this Thursday!

Outside Lands weekend passes do not qualify for admission to NightLife. NightLife tickets must be purchased separately. 21+ event, ID’s required for entry. Capacity is limited in the garden where bands will be playing, we highly suggest arriving early. Admission to garden performances will be  available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check out upcoming NightLife LIVE events here!


LIVE Happy Hour
(West Garden)

6:00-7:45 pm, Enjoy DJ sets, happy hour bites, cocktails, lawn games, and more! Plus, stop by the NightLife LIVE photobooth, provided by SnapYourself.

LIVE Music Performances
(West Garden)

6:00-7:45 pm—DJ set by Rocky Roxana (Last Nite)
7:45-8:30 pm—GRMLN 
8:45-9:45 pm—WATERS
Music presented by Outside Lands Music Festival.
Stage visuals by ALL OF IT NOW

NOTE: Capacity is limited in the garden where bands will be playing, we highly suggest arriving early. Admission to garden performances will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Science Side Show & Interactive Art
(West Garden)

6:00-10:00 pm, Take a second to contribute to something BIG with a “Wild Lights” art installation from Barcelona’s Domestic Data Streamers, which uses real-time data to combine information science and eye-catching design.

Learn about the art of creative play with CODAME Art + Tech, a non-profit that aims to inspire through experience.

Step right up to play a round of “Kings” with STEAM Carnival, an entertainment showcase that reimagines the classic carnival amusements.

Plus, explore "The Metamorphosis Project," an immersive kinetic sculpture where viewers align their physical symmetry to create an infinity of changing personas.

*Art curated by Betty Bigas

Wearable Crafts

6:00-10:00 pm, Get crafty with the pros from SCRAP SF!

"Then & Now" Alice Eastwood Exhibit (Project Lab)
6:30-9:00 pm,  Re-create Alice Eastwood’s Mt. Tam Hike from 1920 and learn how the fierce Academy botanist, who laid the groundwork for our world-class scientific collection, collected specimens.

Food & Drink
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30 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.

Exhibit Times
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-9:30 pm, Marvel at colossal whale skeletons in Whales: Giants of the Deep

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

Please Be Advised

  • Planetarium passes are distributed to visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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 Shows

6:30 pm

See what Citizen Scientists are working on all around Earth and beyond!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

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

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 1st at 6:00 pm

Explore the cutting-edge and eco-friendly ways that transportation is rapidly evolving. Presented by Cruise.

August 8th at 6:00 pm

The Marías perform at our 2nd installment of NightLife LIVE, in Partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival.

August 15th at 6:00 pm

Tune out of the digital world & join us for an experimental, phone-free night dedicated to life in the analog.

August 22nd at 6:00 pm

Join us and a few of our furry, scaly, and feathered friends for a night all about animal behavior.