Underwater sharks

Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.

It’s that time of year again—when toothy sharks and thirsty humans unite for a salute to brews with an aquatic twist.


Beer Garden
(East Garden)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Sip your way through a pop-up beer garden with libations on tap from dozens of local breweries including:

Shark Talks
(African Hall)

  • 7:30pm - Learn what it takes to discover a new shark species with Vicky Vásquez, graduate student at the Pacific Shark Research Center, who named the Ninja Lanternshark.
  • 8:30pm - Get a crash course in shark behavior with Shark Stewards founder and director David McGuire; great white shark expert Dr. John McCosker, the Academy’s Chair Emeritus of Aquatic Biology; and learn about shark migrations from Tim White, graduate student at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station.

Virtual Shark Tank
(Science Today, East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-----> Drop by the East Pavilion for a 3D tour of a shark, using Lifeliqe’s “mixed reality” HoloLens.

Shark Trivia
(Coral Reef)
6:45 & 7:15pm
Down in the Coral Reef, try your hand (or fin) at shark-themed trivia hosted by Ocean Research Foundation.

Shark Science
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:30pm

-----> Get even closer to sharks as you meet with researchers and reps from Cotton CrustaceansOcean Film FestivalYxlon CT Scanners and Pacific Shark Research Center.

Fin Party
6:00 - 10:00pm
Join BFF.fm DJs "Right Shark" (DJ Cosmic Amanda) and "Left Shark" (DJ Small Crimes) as they spin the ultimate underwater groove.


Ocean Crusaders
(Front Lobby)
6:00 - 10:
Rub elbows with the ocean crusaders from Shark Stewards who are working to protect threatened shark populations.


Beer tasting tickets will be available for purchase in the East Garden. No cash will be accepted at tasting tables, only beer tickets.

Beer Ticket Pricing
$2 for 1 ticket

1-2 tickets for 3-ounce taste
4-6 tickets for 12-ounce full beer

*Beer pricing varies at each ​tasting ​table



  • The Academy's Osher Rainforest will be closed for updates beginning September 5th and re-open for NightLife on 10/12 with a brand new, immersive cave experience and many more exciting updates.



  • 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.
  • Programming schedule and lineup subject to change.



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



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


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

See a live feed of NASAs SOFIA mission observing the Triton Occultation!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

A special tribute to 1966 film "Endless Summer" with live DJ set by Matt Wrenne.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

August 30th at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after-hours science inside the greenest museum on Earth.

September 6th at 6:00 pm

NightLife breaks down the science of fermentation—from beer to cheese and everything in between!

September 13th at 6:00 pm

NightLife LIVE 2018 music series—performances in the West Garden by Classixx + SUMif, Co-presented by Noise Pop.

September 20th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.