NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite ongoing events, and we’re thrilled to see more of these awesome themed soirees on the calendar! The Thursday night events feature live DJs and music, outdoor bars, and ambience lighting. Keep your eye out for rotating themes, many of which feature fantastic local community partners and a variety of activations. Activities include hands-on crafting, science talks, silent discos in the aquarium, fashion shows, and more.
The popular NightLife LIVE concert series is back this month with a special event on August 10. Every second Thursday from July to October, guests can enjoy a new lineup of musicians across genres from indie pop to hip hop and everything in between.
Here’s what’s on the schedule so far for August 2023.
- July 27 – NightLife: Hella – Celebrate the Bay area’s hip hop history, fashion, and legacy with special programming from KQED.
- Aug. 3 – NightLife – no set theme.
- Aug. 10 – NightLife LIVE – Indie pop band No Vacation and guitar trio Sour Windows kick off Outside Lands weekend.
- Aug. 17 – NightLife – no set theme.
At these adults-only (21+) events, guests can experience the Academy in a whole new light. Explore the four-story Osher Rainforest aflutter with free-flying birds and butterflies (last entry 7:30pm), or the enormous living Philippine Coral Reef, one of the largest such exhibits in the world. Morrison Planetarium is also available with four showtimes, which you can attend with a $5 Planetarium pass. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Claude the albino alligator before enjoying a craft cocktail and small bites on the West Garden outdoor patio.
Be sure to book your NightLife ticket ASAP, as tickets often sell out! Prices vary between $15-22 and Planetarium passes cost another $5.
The Academy of Sciences has some of the most advanced research facilities and fascinating exhibits in the world. If you haven’t been to the Academy (or if, like us, it’s been way too long since your last visit), there’s no limit to the amazing experiences you can have.
Find the Academy of Sciences at 55 Music Concourse Drive in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.