NightLife: Noise Pop

Photo of musical artist, Neon Indian


Get ready to make some NOISE at the official NightLife Noise Pop Music Fest pre-party! With a headlining DJ set by Neon Indian, there’s no better way to celebrate Noise Pop’s 30th anniversary than with live music, live art, and of course, live science.


The Show

6:00 - 7:15 - Paige P
Check out Paige P's exclusive NightLife playlist on Spotify

7:15 - 8:30 - DJ Brown Amy
Check out Brown Amy's exclusive NightLife playlist on Spotify

8:30 - 9:45 - Neon Indian (DJ Set)

Noise Pop Fest Showcase
6 - 10 PM

  • San FranPsycho is on deck, live screen printing a special NightLife-only NoisePop design. Buy a freshly screen-printed shirt on-site or BYOT (bring your own thing, shirt or tote) for your own customized memento
  • Make your DJ dreams come true and learn how to spin with Fingersnaps Media Arts, a creative and educational DJ studio located in the heart of the Mission.
  • Add to your collection and find that special record you’ve been looking for at our pop up record shop provided by Offshore Sounds
  • Bring some of the music magic home with one-of-a-kind art inspired by concert posters displayed at a mini pop-up art gallery with Lil Tuffy
  • Grab a piece of unique handmade jewelry from Oakland-based Codacraft
  • Stop by the Noise Pop Merch/Giveaway table to spin the wheel and try your luck to win some concert tickets!

Plus check out tasting tables from Noise Pop Fest sponsors Juneshine and Sierra Nevada

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • Effective September 16, NightLife guests will no longer be 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.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • 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 enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Join us in the planetarium as we turn data into sound

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

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

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night: explore the nocturnal side of the Academy at NightLife and see what's rev