• Photo of A1 and Baghead
    A-1 & Baghead
  • Photo of Isaiah Mostafa
    Isaiah Mostafa
  • NightLife LIVE lineup

San Francisco's very own A-1 & Baghead take center stage, with an opening R&B set by Isaiah Mostafa.

Sounds by Sazon Libre

Check out Sazon Libre's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

​​Cocktails handcrafted by Denizen Rum, Fiero TequilaTito's Handmade Vodka, and WhistlePig Whiskey, the official liquor of NightLife LIVE.


The Show
West Garden

  • 7:45 - 8:30 PM - Step outside to kick off the night with some “music to stretch to” from Brooklyn-based Isaiah Mostafa backed by a full band.
  • 8:45 - 9:45 PM - Stick around for the mainstage debut of San Francisco’s dynamic duo of hip hop, A-1 & Baghead.

Deep Cuts
Coral Reef
7 - 9 PM

  • Take the plunge and join Vooo for a one-of-a-kind performance in front of one of the deepest and largest living coral displays in the world.

Music presented by Mellow Sessions

The Shop
6 - 10 PM

Art Party
6 - 10 PM

  • Move to the music of Sazon Libre and check out some of the coolest pieces from Helvella Art, an artist-run gallery and studio showcasing contemporary fine art in Oakland.

Festival Fashion
Science Today
6 - 10 PM

  • Make your festival memories last with a customized wristband or dreamy flower crown with materials and help from Museum of Craft and Design.

Death by Chocolate

Tonight's featured menu items available for purchase are made with Alter Eco Sustainable Chocolate:

At the Bars:
Chocolate Martini

In the Academy Café:
Brown Butter Chocolate Quinoa Brittle
Dark Chocolate Granola Pecan Quinoa Brittle 

Plus, snag some free chocolate at the Alter Eco Booth in the Swamp!



Jam out to musicians across genres from indie pop to hip hop and funk to bossa nova at our crowd favorite outdoor summer concert series. From July to October, every second Thursday night will feature a different NightLife LIVE lineup of music, art, and science.

We’re transforming the Academy into the ultimate eclectic music venue where you can groove to a spectrum of artists alongside our iconic exhibits (aquarium and chill anyone?). Catch live outdoor performances on the West Garden stage, explore an art show and artist market featuring local artists curated by Helvella Art, experience Mellow Sessions’ jazz-fusion melodies next to our 25 ft deep Philippine Coral Reef, and more.

Catch the 2023 series on July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. Co-presented by Noise Pop and Another Planet in collaboration with Outside Lands.

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.
  • Please note: The rainforest will be closed for infrastructure maintenance during this event.
  • 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 Café only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

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

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Upcoming events

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

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

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night! Explore the Academy's nocturnal side. Sounds by: DJ Mark Maiden.

June 6th at 6:00 pm

We’re bringing the spice at our hottest event of the year. Hear from spicy savants, sample fiery foods, & more.

June 13th at 6:00 pm

Honor Black contributions to global dance with a special Juneteenth edition of the Make History dance battle.

June 20th at 6:00 pm

Inked is back at NightLife! Explore the wonders of ink from cephalopods to live tattoos–yes, the real kind!

June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a night dedicated to community, activism & joy. Featuring drag by Oaklash.