In response to the latest guidelines and information from local and state public health authorities around the evolving COVID-19 situation, the California Academy of Sciences is temporarily closed and this year’s Big Bang: Party After Dark event on April 23 has been canceled.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, but the well-being of our Academy community will remain our most important priority during this uncertain time.
Big Bang: Party After Dark is our biggest fundraising event of the year—an inspiring night when the museum comes to life as we raise critical funds to support our world-class scientific research and environmental education programs. In these unprecedented times, the Academy’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life is more important than ever. For those who are able, we hope you’ll consider contributing the price of your Party After Dark ticket as a donation to the Academy in support of our work.
If you have any questions or would like to request a refund, please contact us by March 31 at firstname.lastname@example.org and a staff member will be happy to assist you. After March 31, we’ll consider your ticket purchase a donation to the Academy.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Academy again soon!
About the event
On April 23, The Hive invites you to get wild at Party After Dark, our biggest event of the year! Enjoy inspired libations, late-night bites, and a danceable DJ set by indietronica all-stars Passion Pit as you explore an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Plus, you can take pride in knowing that you're partying with a purpose: All proceeds from Party After Dark and Big Bang Gala support the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life, from transformative field trips for students in the Bay Area to critical biodiversity research around the world.
Tickets and packages
Early Bird, $100 (limited availability!)
Individual VIP, $175
Exclusive lounge access with elevated cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and more
VIP Lounge Upgrade, $2,500
Reserved table and dedicated bottle service for 10 in the exclusive VIP Lounge
New! Ultra VIP Lounge Upgrade & Bottle Service, $5,000
Includes premier reserved seating in Piazza for Passion Pit, a scheduled meet-and-greet, and reserved table and dedicated bottle service for 10 in the exclusive VIP Lounge
Headliner: Passion Pit (DJ set)
Passion Pit burst onto the music scene in 2009 and have been releasing chart-topping singles ever since. They are currently celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first studio album, Manners, and have teamed up with electronic duo Galantis for a new single called "I FOUND U."
Speaker: Benjamin Von Wong
Benjamin Von Wong is an artist who gives dramatic life to the environmental impact of waste, from single-use plastics to fast fashion to discarded electronics. By collaborating with communities, nonprofits, and businesses, he aims to inspire change through indelible artistic expressions.
East Garden + Living Roof
Venture outside to marvel at larger-than-life animatronic insects lurking along the perimeter of the East Garden, then take a ride on a feisty mechanical spider or achieve maximum altitude against our velcro wall. Need to recharge? Make a beeline for the Living Roof where you can camp out under the stars, thanks to equipment from Sports Basement.
VIP Lounge DJ: DJ Ardalan
Born in Tehran, Iran, San Francisco’s DJ Ardalan has generated mass appeal thanks to energetic, unexpected, bass-heavy mixes playing in clubs for nearly a decade. In 2019 he released his debut album, Mr. Good, on San Francisco-based cult label Dirtybird Records.