sf bazaar

NightLife: Summertime Bazaar 
Thursday, July 28, 6-10 pm
21+ with ID
Prices vary; planetarium passes $5

For guaranteed availability, we strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Last rainforest entry is 7:30 pm. Proof of full vaccination required; boosters and indoor masking strongly encouraged but not required. Learn more.

Three words: Treat. Yo’. Self. Find the ‘crème de la crème’ of indie goods at our first NightLife Bazaar: summer edition. Co-presented by SF Bazaar

Sounds by Jay Midnight

DIY Demos
Science Today

  • At 8:00, Explore the many uses of chaga and adaptogenic mushrooms during a talk from The Chaga Company— perfect for the fungi-lovers out there
  • At 8:15, Put a rosy tint on your evening with a presentation from Arcadian Stained Glass
  • At 8:30, Learn all about air plant biology and care with The Garden Home
  • At 8:45, Catch a special beaded earring demo with Indigenous Luxury.

Piña Claude-a
Location TBD
6 - 9 PM

  • Cool off with a scoop of a special flavor of ice cream made in honor of our favorite cold-blooded cronie, Claude! Available for a very limited time from Humphrey Slocombe.

Fabula Tea
Curiosity Grove
6 - 10 PM

  • Slow down, have a seat and reclaim your inner peace by learning about the rich history of Chinese tea ceremonies with Fabula Tea.

Summertime Bazaar
Piazza & Swamp
6 - 10 PM

Peruse a pop-up marketplace packed with one-of-a-kind items, including original artwork, ceramics and pottery, handcrafted jewelry, apothecary products, and more - presented by SF Bazaar.


A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • To help keep staff and guests safe, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry, and boosters and indoor masking are strongly encouraged. 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

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

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

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Summer night sky tour planetarium show

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Upcoming ticketed museum events

August 18th at 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening dedicated to the inspiring intersections of science and art.

August 25th at 6:00 pm

From fossil-inspired Pokémon to classic games & a Super Smash Bros. tournament, this NightLife it’s Game On.

September 1st at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.

September 8th at 6:00 pm

Behold as both humans and animals use the power of illusion to mystify your senses for one magical night.

Upcoming free virtual events

August 18th at 7:00 pm

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