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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, June 20

Skin NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Skin NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
This week, NightLife gets under your skin, exploring the shape-shifting, color-changing, and ever-evolving nature of this complex organ and celebrating the opening of our new exhibit.

Thursday, June 27

Pride NightLife | 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.

Thursday, July 11

“NightLife LIVE” Summer Music Fest | California Academy of Sciences
"NightLife LIVE" Summer Music Fest | California Academy of Sciences
NightLife kicks off its first of four live shows in our West Garden with a performance from Men I Trust. Co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, and artist-in-residency Maggie West. Partnering with some of the Bay Area’s most buzzworthy art collectives ...

Thursday, July 18

“Beer Garden NightLife” at California Academy of Sciences | SF
"Beer Garden NightLife" at California Academy of Sciences | SF
Every beer tells a story—and this week, NightLife follows the brewing process from botanical inception to foamy finish. Taste your way through a pop-up beer garden with local breweries slinging their best botanical-forward brews. Tip: This event often sells out, so the event promoters recommend purchasing ...

Thursday, July 25

BigPicture NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
BigPicture NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Be the first to see the Academy’s sixth annual BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition exhibit! Celebrate the best in nature and wildlife photography and explore the power of imagery in illuminating and informing conservation work.

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