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Music by Toro y Moi (DJ sets)
Opening DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club
Music presented by Noise Pop

NightLife resumes its role as the official pre-party for the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival as the bastion of Bay Area independent music takes over for an evening exploring the science of sound.

Noise Pop Main Stage

  • 8:30 -10:00pm, Toro y Moi takes the stage for a funk, soul and chillwave inspired DJ set.
  • 6:00 - 8:30pm, Chulita Vinyl Club, the all-female collective takes the stage to spin an all-vinyl opening DJ set.

Sound, Memory & Technology
(African Hall)

  • 7:00pm, Get some creative inspiration from songwriter, musician, and producer John Vanderslice, longtime owner of the Mission’s legendary Tiny Telephone recording studio that counts Sleater-Kinney, Spoon, tune-yards, and more as clients. Known for his “sloppy hi-fi” approach to recording, which celebrates the sounds captured from live and spontaneous performances, he’ll talk about getting inspiration from “Linear Creativity in a Digital World.”
  •  8:00pm, Watch a live recording of the podcast Phonographic Memory, a podcast all about celebrating the human experience as framed by music through vinyl records.
    *Guests include: Galine Tumasyan, of the band Seablite; Lisbeth Ortega, DJ in Chulita Vinyl Club; and Colin Peden, producer of the Noise Pop Podcast

Sets by the Sea
(Coral Reef)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Dance with the fish as and catch sets from Push The Feeling and Touchless down in the Aquarium.

Sound Waves & Sound Whales
​(Project Lab)
6:00 - 9:45pm,
Tinker and tool with the buttons and dials on vintage analog synthesizers, provided by the Vintage Synth Museum and take a shot at playing the sci-fi sounding Theramin. 

Then, Learn about the incredible melodic and rhythmic complexity of whale songs with the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Pop Up Poster Gallery
6:00 - 10:00pm,
Feast your eyes on 26 years of Noise Pop poster art at a mini pop-up art gallery.

In the planetarium, NightLife presents “Vortex 2.0,” a new show honoring the historic and groundbreaking Vortex series with immersive visual and sonic creations by artists Bedtimes, Chase Hochstatter, Peter Clark, Chris Bjerre, Can Buyukberber, and Obscura. Twist and turn through alien worlds and lose yourself in mesmerizing forms and colors, with a soundtrack featuring music from Shigeto and other local artists.



  • 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.



  • Don’t miss your last chance to explore the seismic science of our ever-changing planet in this popular exhibit. Discover what happens when tectonic plates shift, view stunning geologic specimens from our Earth’s core, and learn what you can do to stay prepared for future earthquakes.
  • *Please note*—the Shake House will return in June with an all new look and feel!



  • A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe 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

Join us in the planetarium as we turn data into sound

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Twist and turn through alien worlds and lose yourself in mesmerizing forms, colors, and music.

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