Member Tickets: $17*
Non-Member Tickets: $20*
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

*Please note: October 12 event subject to premier pricing.

NightLife LIVE 2017 came and went, but the ear-ringing awesomeness lives on. Stay tuned for NightLife LIVE 2018!


Music by DIIV
Support by Black Marble
DJ Set by Chulita Vinyl Club
Presented by Noise Pop


The Music
(West Garden)
-------> Local Opener, Black Marble, start the night off to an atmospheric sound of haze to match the foggy night.

-------> Headliner, DIIV, brings their dreamy, fuzzed-out guitar rock to the NightLife LIVE series. 

Stage visuals by ALL OF IT NOW!

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

------> Light up the night with incredible night-worthy art installations including: Lynn Byant's illuminated Parol Quarso's SpaceWay.

Bay Area Pop-Ups
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Browse used vinyl from Amoeba San Francisco and head to the screen printing pros at ​San Franpsycho to check out their special edition August NightLife LIVE design.
*Screen print pricing: BYO tee for $10; San Franpsycho blank tee for $25.

Creative Workshops
(Swamp and Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:00pm

-------> Make nature-inspired crafts with Julia Jane Moore and let your creative juices flow with Paint Pens Collective.

Chulita Vinyl Club DJ Set
6:00 - 10:00pm

-------> Get your groove on with the Chulita Vinyl Club DJ collective. Then, check out the digital SmART gallery provided by Daylighted.

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.



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, and DIIValong with supporting acts Morgan Delt, The She’s, Qrion, and Black Marble.

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.



  • 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.
  • Artists and programming lineup subject to change.



  • 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, 8:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

7:30 pm

Explore the skies of the current season over San Francisco, from sunset to sunrise.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 30th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after-hours science inside the greenest museum on Earth.

September 6th at 6:00 pm

NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation—from beer to cheese and everything in between!

September 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife LIVE 2018 music series—performances in the West Garden by Classixx + SUMif, Co-presented by Noise Pop.

September 20th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.