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“NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences | Thursdays

Enjoy music, creatures, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and the depths of the sea. Featuring a new theme each week, after-hours access to all exhibits, and special programming, NightLife is your ticket to the nocturnal side of the Academy.

At NightLife, smart revelers receive special discounted evening admission to the California Academy of Sciences on Thursday evenings with unique special events each week.

  • Thursdays from 6-10 pm / 21+ with valid ID
  • Advanced tickets for Nightlife range from $12 to $25 and are subject to dynamic pricing and may change daily – read more about “Plan-Ahead Pricing” – Updated May 2019
  • Planetarium passes additional $3 for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 shows and can be purchased online. (The 6:30 pm planetarium show is always free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  • Last entry is 9pm.
  • Last entry to the rainforest dome is 7:45pm

Thursday, January 23

Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Lunar New Year NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Get a second chance to kick off the new year when NightLife rings in the Year of the Rat with a night devoted to Lunar New Year traditions. Begin the celebration with a powerful lion dance performance and ceremony by SF’s own Jing Mo Athletic Association, ...

Thursday, January 30

How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
How-To NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
New year can-do: Let NightLife help you be a better you with a night of how-to, hands-on demos, and workshops. Go home armed with both useful crafts and new skills for “adulting.” Ripped jacket? Instructors from WorkshopSF will be on-hand to show you how to repair your clothing artfully ...

Thursday, February 6

Buzzed NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Buzzed NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Wake up and smell the coffee (& chocolate) at NightLife’s tribute to the Bay Area’s favorite way to get buzzed. Full event details coming soon!

Thursday, February 13

SF Beer Week NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
SF Beer Week NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Celebrate SF Beer Week with a foam-filled evening of brews. Sip your way through a pop-up beer hall with dozens of local breweries slinging crowd favorites and limited releases. Full event details coming soon!

Thursday, February 20

Noise Pop NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Noise Pop NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Beauty is in the ear of the beholder this week as Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival kicks off at NightLife for an evening exploring the science of sound. Full lineup and event details coming soon! 

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