NightLife LIVE singer

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

Music by Lower Dens and Tamaryn
DJ sets by
Presented by Noise Pop

Baltimore indie act Lower Dens bring their perfected brand of moody pop to the NightLife LIVE stage this week, playing songs from their latest album Escape from Evil, which NPR lauded for its “synth-driven beauty.” Supporting act Tamaryn returns to a familiar stomping ground with sultry shoegaze stylings from their 2015 Cranekiss LP and beyond. 


LIVE Music Performances
(West Garden)

Catch sets from the following acts:
6:00-7:45 pm—DJ set by DJs
7:45-8:30 pm—Tamaryn
8:45-9:45 pmLower Dens

Interactive Art
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00 pm,
Enjoy this month’s featured art gallery, a.Muse Gallery, plus featured art and installations from Jeremiah BarberAmy Ahlstrom and Bryan Sullivan. 

Locals Only Pop-Ups
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Browse used & new vinyl, CD's and Books from Green Apple Books and fresh indie vinyl from Bay Area Record Fair labels.

LIVE Screen Printing
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Check out the special edition June NightLife LIVE design, custom created by San Franpsycho. Bring a shirt or tote and get a print for $10 or buy one of their custom printed, high-style versions for $20-$25.

Creative Workshops
(Swamp & Project Lab)
6:00 - 8:00pm,
Make animal-inspired crafts with Julia Jane Moore and let your creative juices flow with Paint Pens Collective.

Warriors Game 6
(Connect the Continents)
6:00 - 8:30,
Watch Game 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on our big Connect the Continents screen. 

Music and the Warriors game in the Piazza by DJs.


About NightLife LIVE
Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with the NightLife LIVE 2016 summer music series (as part of our weekly Thursday night programming).

Catch live performances on the outdoor West Garden stage as the greenest museum on the planet transforms into one of SF's most unique music venues. Experience interactive art installations, out-of-this-world video projections, science side shows, and more—all while exploring cutting-edge exhibits and marveling at 38,000 live animals.

Special thanks to DoTheBay, our official media partner for NightLife LIVE 2016!

More details here.


West Garden Performance Schedule

Headliner—8:45-9:45 pm
Opening Band—7:45-8:30 pm
Outdoor DJs—6:00-7:45 pm
Indoor DJs—6:00-10:00 pm


NightLife LIVE 2016 Dates

MAY 19
Music by Chrome Sparks (live band)
with Planet Booty
DJ sets by Dials and King Most
Presented by DJ Dials

Lower Dens
with Tamaryn
DJ sets by
Presented by Noise Pop

with Mass Gothic
DJ sets by Aaron Axelsen & Omar Perez
Presented by Popscene

Presented by Outside Lands Music Festival

White Fence
with The Tyde
DJ sets by DJ Freaker (Alex Bleeker of Real Estate) and Britt Govea Presented by (((folkYEAH!)))

Dan Deacon
with Mt. Si
DJ sets by
Presented by Treasure Island Music Festival


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

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

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe 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.

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 scienc

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