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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

It’s time to raise a glass for NightLife’s annual salute to brews and the ocean’s most legendary apex predators.

DJ Set by BFF.fm

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Live Talks: Into The Deep
African Hall

Pop-up Beer Hall
Swamp
6:00 - 9:45 PM

Sharktoberfest Showcase
Project Lab
6:00 - 10:00 PM

  • Check out cool art from the Academy’s science illustrators Sean Edgerton and Rachel Diaz-Bastin and chat with researchers and ocean conservationists.

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NIGHTLIFE TIPS

  • Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

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PLANETARIUM PASSES

  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!

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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 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

Dave Ebert has made finding lost sharks his life’s work and he’ll share some of his latest discoveries.

7:30 pm

Check out a special screening of "Hidden Pacific", the new film that explores amazingly untouched environments.

8:30 pm

Embark on a journey into the hidden world of coral reefs in this all-digital planetarium show.

9:30 pm

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

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