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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, October 17

Seismic NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Seismic NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
We’re bracing ourselves for vibrations during Seismic NightLife, including on the dance floor. On the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, we’re digging back into seismic matters and ‘80s culture. Look back at the City’s major 20th-century earthquakes through historic images, and look to ...

Thursday, October 24

Cyberspace NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Cyberspace NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
This week at NightLife, we’re exploring the many sides of the internet: the good, the bad, and the meme-worthy. Catch a screening of the internet’s funniest, most dramatic, and awww!-worthy cat videos in CatVideoFest, the offline celebration of online cat videos. Step inside the “dark web” with ...

Thursday, October 31

Creatures of the NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
Creatures of the NightLife at Cal Academy of Sciences | SF
The creatures come out for NightLife’s annual Halloween bash! See the Academy transform into a spine-tingling and outrageous night of supernatural science. Catch a spooktacular drag show and costume contest hosted by drag queen extraordinaire Heklina, co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed nightclub OASIS—plus more.

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