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Individual Tickets: $125
Bundle (12 tickets): $1,000

Groups enjoy special savings.

Thursday, April 27
8:30 pm – midnight
For adults 21+

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The Academy's biggest bash is back!

On April 27, Party After Dark is taking over the Academy inside and out with a live DJ set by Hot Chip, complimentary bites and open bars, photo booths, a psychedelic cocktail lounge, silent disco in the aquarium, the Bay Area's best food trucks, and so much more.

The Big Bang Gala supports the Academy’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth with 1.5 million visitors each year—and millions more online. (All but $30 of each ticket is tax-deductible)

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Join The Hive, the Academy’s group for science enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, and receive a complimentary ticket and expedited entry to Party After Dark! More information here.


Hot chip

Hot Chip (DJ set)

This London-based Indietronica group has made a name for themselves as one of the most distinctive and innovative bands of the early 21st century. While known for their dreamy, hypnotic wash of sound, when they put down their instruments and step up to the DJ booth, you’ll hear a killer synth-pop sound meant for the dance floor. Don't miss opening act dj christopher b, who will be serving up the hottest house blended with elements of disco, tribal, and pop–all designed to make you move. 


Mayim Bialik and Kari Byron in Conversation

Mayim Bialik and Kari Byron in Conversation

Step inside of the Academy’s Morrison Planetarium as Mayim Bialik (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) joins Kari Byron (MythBusters) for a lively conversation about what it's like being a real-life neuroscientist and actress on the number one network show on television. Capacity is limited!

The Bumbys performance artist duo

The Bumbys

Ever wonder how your appearance is read by the rest of the world? Enter The Bumbys. This anonymous performance artist duo will provide you with a "fair and honest appraisal of your appearance" using nothing more than analog typewriters and their charming wit. 

Senor Sisig food truck

Food Trucks

This year we bring you two of the Bay Area's most beloved food trucks to supply your late night snacking needs: Filipino fusion truck Señor Sisig and gourmet sandwich slinger Grilled Cheese Bandits.

Silent Disco

Silent Disco

Grab your wireless headsets and boogie to today’s best pop and hip-hop music at a silent disco dance party by HUSHconcerts! DJ Mancub and DJ Motion Potion will be spinning beats in the aquarium, so you can show off your best moves surrounded by angelfish, blue tangs, and unicornfish—and not far from Claude, our albino alligator.

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Psychedelic Cocktail Lounge

With the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than a '60s themed cocktail lounge? Enjoy far-out drinks in a psychedelic atmosphere and shake it with some groovy go-go dancers to your favorite vintage tunes.

More surprises to be announced soon!

Generously supported by
Thanks to our in-kind sponsors
Caldwell Vineyard
Campari America
Korbel California Champagne
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Sodexo USA
Trumer Pils

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Science + Social. The Academy’s exclusive donor group for ages 21-40. Become a member of The Hive today and receive a free ticket to the Party After Dark!