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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
  • Tickets usually $15 with certain weeks being $20 or $22.
  • 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 9 pm.

Thursday, May 2

NightLife in Space: The Moon | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 2 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife in Space: The Moon | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife goes to the Moon and back, exploring the origins of space travel and the future of lunar missions. Plus, MUTEK.SF presents A/Visions 1 in the planetarium, featuring full dome video art and live music performances and DJ sets.

Thursday, May 9

NightLife in Space: Other Earths | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
NightLife in Space: Other Earths | California Academy of Sciences
Other Earths are out there, and tonight, NightLife brings in experts to talk about the missions and spacecrafts currently on the search for exoplanets and life beyond Earth.

Thursday, May 16

NightLife in Space: Cosmos | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
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NightLife in Space: Cosmos | California Academy of Sciences
Get trippy as NightLife travels far out to the ends of the observable universe with a dive into some of the greatest cosmic mysteries of our time, from the Fermi paradox to the multiverse and dark matter to dark energy.

Thursday, May 23

Tiny NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 23 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members) / 21+
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Tiny NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
This week, we’re shrinking NightLife down to size with a celebration of all things tiny, miniature, and microscopic.

Thursday, June 27

Pride NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, June 27 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $22*
*Tickets are $22 ($18 for Academy members) / 21+
| California Academy of Sciences
Pride NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Get into the groove for our annual celebration of equality, self-expression, and San Francisco Pride, featuring a drag show of fabulously unparalleled proportions hosted by Heklina, founder of The Oasis’ weekly “Mother” party.

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