The August 10 NightLife event is SOLD OUT!

This event is now sold out. We hope to see you at a future NightLife event! 

Kick off your Outside Lands weekend with a special performance from Electric Guest and the She's in the West Garden.

Music by Electric Guest 
Support by The She's
DJ Set by KingMost
Presented by Outside Lands


The Music
(West Garden)
-------> Local Opener, The She's, start the night with their ‘60s pop and surf rock-inspired harmonies and jangly guitars.

-------> Headliner, Electric Guest,  brings their upbeat electronic R&B to the NightLife LIVE series, dazzling with “winking falsetto and retro swagger” (Entertainment Weekly) 

Stage visuals by ALL OF IT NOW!

The Art
(West Garden)
6:00 - 10:00 pm

------> Light up the night with incredible night-worthy art installations including: Taylor Dean Harrison's Enunciation, Quarso's SpaceWay and Victoria Heilweil & Phil Spitler's Luminous Waveforms.

Bay Area Pop-Ups
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm

------> Browse used vinyl from Amoeba San Francisco and head to the screen printing pros at ​San Franpsycho to check out their special edition August NightLife LIVE design.
*Custom screen prints - $10.

Creative Workshops
(Swamp and Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:00pm

-------> Make nature-inspired crafts with Julia Jane Moore and let your creative juices flow with Paint Pens Collective.

KingMost DJ Set
6:00 - 10:00pm

-------> Get your groove on with the KingMost.

Dream Logic VR Experience
(East Pavilion)
6:00 - 10:00pm

-------> Keep your senses stimulated between sets with VR experiences by Dream Logic, helping you see the natural world in a whole new way.



NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, the museum’s weekly Thursday night party for science-curious adults 21+, launches its fourth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series.

This year’s headliners include Connan Mockasin, Electric Guest, Ryan Hemsworth, and DIIV along with supporting acts Morgan Delt, The She’s, Qrion, and Black Marble.

In true NightLife style, SF’s top DJs will keep the party going throughout the museum, including rotating sets by King Most, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Popscene DJs Omar and Aaron Axelsen.

This year’s NightLife LIVE events will take place on July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12, in addition to the Academy’s regular NightLife events held every week. Partnering with Bay Area music promoters Noise Pop, Outside Lands, and Popscene, NightLife LIVE pairs emerging bands and musicians with cutting-edge visual artists in an immersive intersection of science, music, and art.

The only museum in the world to combine an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and living rainforest, live performances on an outdoor stage transform the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.



  • Hurry! Last entry for our Rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Please note: drinks are not allowed inside the Rainforest exhibit.
  • Thirsty? Each bar area features a unique seasonal cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Artists and programming lineup subject to change. 



  • Planetarium passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes.



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.
  • Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.



Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Throughout time, humans have been awed by eclipses - take a look at how these events have impacted our history.

7:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Take a tour of the Universe with a sprinkling of the hottest news stories from astronomy and the space sciences!

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Upcoming NightLife Events

February 1st at 6:00 pm

Ring in the Year of the Dog with a night devoted to canine companions and Lunar New year traditions.

February 8th at 6:00 pm

Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival takes over NightLife with a very special DJ set from Toro Y Moi.

February 15th at 6:00 pm

Hear from local beer and spirit masters as NightLife partners with SF Beer Week for a refreshing event.

February 22nd at 6:00 pm

NightLife celebrates the best of the Academy with after hours science inside the greenest museum on the planet.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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