La Dona at Under the Sea Prom

Will you go to prom with us? Bust out your powder blue suit and best prom fit—we’re celebrating World Oceans Day with a special performance from San Francisco’s own La Doña. Strike a pose at the photo booth, craft your own prom accessories, and dance the night away under the sea.

Sounds by DJ Sake One


The Show
West Garden

  • 6:00 - 8:15 PM
    • Kick off the night with a cocktail and some “tropical bass music for the people” provided by the DJs of Sazon Libre.
  • 8:30 - 9:30 PM
    • Grab a spot for an extra special “femmeton” Prom performance from San Francisco’s very own La Doña.

Sounds of the Sea
African Hall
6 - 9 PM

Coral Reef Dive
Philippine Coral Reef
7:30 PM

  • Watch as a diver suits up in some Prom-appropriate SCUBA gear to plunge into one of the world’s deepest living indoor coral reef exhibits and get answers to all your reef-related questions.

Guardians of the Deep
Swamp & Science Today
All Evening

Meet all the experts from the Academy and beyond who work tirelessly to protect our precious oceans, including:

  • Bart Shepard, Steinhart Aquarium Director, Luiz Rocha, Ichthyology Curator, and Mark Lane, Senior Dive Officer
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative Network
  • Susan MacWhorter, Hope For Reefs Initiative
  • Alejandra Hernandez, Jennifer Hoey, Flore Wijnands, and Mike Schmitt, Reefscape Genomics Lab
  • Johanna Loacker & Lynn Bonomo, Academy Collections


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, and masks must be worn properly at all times.)
  • Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Academy Café and West Garden Terrace including a variety of grab-and-go options, craft cocktails, and more. All food and drink must be enjoyed outdoors.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

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

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Dive into the fascinating world of coral reefs in the Academy's award-winning, all-digital planetarium show.

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Upcoming events

June 8th at 6:00 pm

Will you go to prom with us? Dust off your best prom look and shell-ebrate the return of Under the Sea Prom.

June 15th at 6:00 pm

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June 22nd at 6:00 pm

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July 6th at 6:00 pm

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July 20th at 6:00 pm

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