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Members: $18*
Non-Members: $22*
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

*Please note: This event is subject to premier pricing.

Performance by Heklina & Friends
Music by Hella Gay Dance Party & Swagger Like Us

Get into the groove for this celebration of equality, self-expression, and San Francisco Pride! Join drag queen extraordinaire Heklina, host of the weekly “Mother” party at The Oasis, for “Got To Be (Sur)Real!”, a drag show of fabulously unparalleled proportions.

-----> Add some moves to your repertoire for the weekend parties to come with dance classes from ConfiDance Fitness instructors: ”Don’t Worry, Beyoncé” and “Twerk it Out.” In the Coral Reef, experience the celebratory, sexy stylings of DJs from Oakland’s exuberant Hella Gay Dance Party.

-----> Inside the piazza, unleash your inner dance floor diva with a high-energy set by Swagger Like Us.

-----> Celebrate the launch of 500 Queer Scientists, a project created by the Academy’s Dr. Lauren Esposito and Sean Edgerton to raise the visibility of LGBTQ+ people (and allies) working in science, science education, and science advocacy.

-----> At the Project Lab, visit with BridgeHIV and pick up a free care package, learn about diverse queer histories through independent publishing with the Bay Area Queer Zine Fest.

-----> Make festive rainbow molecular gastronomy balls with representatives from oSTEM@Stanford. Did you know that some of your favorite celestial constellations have queer histories? Check out a special planetarium presentation of Stargayze at 6:30 and 7:30 pm, followed by two showings of Earthquake.



  • Hurry! 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.



  • With Planetarium Pass Reservations, you can select your showtime in advance and guarantee your seat under the stars. $3; optional, but recommended. Available online only.
  • Free passes will still be available onsite at the Planetarium kiosk on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early for your best chance to obtain a free pass.



  • Earthquake exhibit is closed in preparation for an all new exhibit.

*Please note—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace Bar and Restaurant, 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.


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