NightLife Admission: $15 ($12 Academy members)
Planetarium Passes: $3 (more info below)
21+ with ID

Select events subject to premier pricing: $22 ($18 Academy members).

SF Sketchfest is back at NightLife for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy as part of the 18th Annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.

This year, crack up to stand-up from "Delocated" and "Jon Glaser Loves Gear" star Jon Glaser.

Plus, popular podcasts "Sawbones" with Justin and Sydney McElroy, "Omnibus" with John Roderick and Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame), and "You Should Know This!" with Kevin Whittinghill. 

Then a battle for who can pen the most wonderfully terrible science fiction literary passage in "Worst First Chapter" with Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm and more.

Join us for a packed stand-up stage with Arjun Banerjee, Becky Braunstein, Chase Brockett, Hanna Evensen, Nate Follen, Arthur Gaus, Ruby Gill, Pedro Gonzalez, Mike Hanford, Jesse Hett, Zorba Jevon Hughes, J.A.D.E., Ben Kolina, Matt Lieb, Yogi Paliwal, Jazmyn W., and Salma Zaky.

DJ sets by New Wave City



  • 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.



  • Heads-up! Starting January 10, 2019, planetarium passes will be required for the 7:30, 8:30, and (new!) 9:30 pm shows. This will allow more guests to reserve their preferred showtimes in advance and better plan their evenings—and also help us manage high demand for limited planetarium seats.
  • 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 and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • 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.


Upcoming NightLife Events

January 17th at 6:00 pm

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

January 24th at 6:00 pm

Escape the winter doldrums with a trip to Tropical NightLife.