Underwater sharks
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Members: $12; Non-Members: $15
New! Planetarium Pass Reservations: $3 (more info)
21+ with ID

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Shark Talk 
African Hall 

  • At 7 pm, Catch a live talk from Vicky Vasquez, one of the faces of Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’, and the first researcher to identify the elusive Ninja lanternshark.
  • At 8 pm, Check out “White Sharks, Dark Shadows” a panel discussion on sharks, interaction and behavior. Moderated by David McGuire, Academy research associate and Founder of Shark Stewards.
  • At 9 pm, Stay for the live talk “State of Emergency: Searching For Sri Lanka’s Lost Sharks” with David A. Ebert, director of the Pacific Shark Research Center.
     

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:

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

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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

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • 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.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • 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.

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FOOD & DRINK

  • 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.

Music

Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

There are so many sharks out there that we have yet to discover!

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs

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Upcoming NightLife Events

January 10th at 6:00 pm

Step away from the baby bellas and learn how to unleash fungi’s true potential.

January 17th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the museum for a knee-slapping night.