connan mockasin

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

Music by Connan Mockasin
Support by Morgan Delt
DJ Set by Chulita Vinyl Club
Presented by Noise Pop

NightLife LIVE, our summer music series, kicks off on the Academy’s outdoor stage with a night of lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin and LA's, Morgan Delt.


The Music
(West Garden)
------> L.A.’s Morgan Delt opens the evening with a sunny dose of West Coast psychedelia-tinged ‘60s pop.

------> Catch a set by headliner, the weird and whimsical Connan Mockasin.

The Art
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Explore art installations all around and outside the building, including trippy work by Santiago Insignares and Camilla Valdez, plus a “zome” dome by Zomadic.

Indoor Party
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Step inside the piazza to check out incredible digital artwork by Daylighted and groove to a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club.

Dream Logic VR Experience
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Keep your senses stimulated between sets with VR experiences by Dream Logic, helping you see the natural world in a whole new way.

Collective Crafts
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Get hands-on with a collectively built craft by Julia Jane Moore (and make sure to stop by at the end of the night to see how its shaped up) and workshops with Paint Pens Collective.

Live Screen Printing
6:00 - 10:00pm

Spruce up your closet and record collection with pop-up shops & live screen printing of an exclusive NightLife LIVE design from San Franpsycho and Western Relics.

*BYOS - Bring your own shirt!
  Bring a light colored shirt, tote or fabric for a dark ink print.
  On-site screen prints of will cost $10.



NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, the museum’s weekly Thursday night party for science-curious adults 21+, launches its fourth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series.

This year’s headliners include Connan Mockasin, Electric Guest, Ryan Hemsworth,  along with supporting acts Morgan Delt, The She’s, Qrion, and Mild High Club.

In true NightLife style, SF’s top DJs will keep the party going throughout the museum, including rotating sets by King Most, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Popscene DJs Omar and Aaron Axelsen.

This year’s NightLife LIVE events will take place on July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12, in addition to the Academy’s regular NightLife events held every week. Partnering with Bay Area music promoters Noise Pop, Outside Lands, and Popscene, NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art.

The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and living rainforest, live performances on an outdoor stage transform the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.



  • 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, 7:30 pm, 8:30 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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