The ToNightLife Show Starring BigPicture

Gooood evening, San Francisco! We’re inviting you to be our live ‘studio’ audience at the first ever ToNightLife Show. This evening's show stars BigPicture, a brand new exhibition of breathtaking nature photography, and features a special performance by the one-and-only Parangal. With a mix of in-depth interviews, special performances, and eclectic music, we’re bringing the late-night TV energy to NightLife!


Alpha Bravo
6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Every great late-night show has the perfect house band to match. Topical DJ extraordinaire, Alpha Bravo from NerdNite SF ushers in the late-night vibes by kicking off the evening with an impeccably curated opening set.

The ToNightLife Show
8:00 PM

Musical Guest: Parangal
9:15 PM (ish)

  • Mabuhay! After the interview, we’re welcoming back our music guest for the evening, Parangal Dance Company, for a colorful Filipino folk dance performance inspired by the natural world.

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • Effective September 16, NightLife guests will no longer be required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm—our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Cafe only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.


Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Discover how a deeper understanding of Earth might help us spot other living worlds light-years away.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

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

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June 20th at 6:00 pm

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June 27th at 6:00 pm

Celebrate LGBTQ+ pride with a night dedicated to community, activism & joy. Featuring drag by Oaklash.

July 11th at 6:00 pm

Gear up for the first ever NightLifeCon! Featuring all things anime, comics, and sci-fi.

July 25th at 6:00 pm

Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 60,000 live animals.