SF Sketchfest

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NightLife is 21+ with ID. Last entry to rainforest dome is at 7:45 pm. Planetarium passes available for purchase online.

SF Sketchfest is back at NightLife for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy as part of the 19th Annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.

This year's event includes:

  • Paul F. Tompkins Hogs The Covers, a set of songs and comedy
  • THE MADS: Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu ("Mystery Science Theater 3000"), riffing film shorts in the Planetarium
  • Fake docent tours in the aquarium with The Norwegians of Comedy
  • Comedy Psychos with Leiroy Abueg, Steven Briggs, K. Cheng, Arthur Gaus, Alex Hooper and Alyssa Westerlund
  • This Week in Science Podcast
  • Stand-up from Vince Caldera, Andrea Coleman, John Hastings, Janine Hogan, Ian Levy, Andrew Orolfo, Aviva Siegel, Florentina Tanase, Armando Torres and more!

Full event schedule coming soon! 



  • Last entry for the 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 craft cocktail—there are multiple bars throughout the museum.
  • Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.



  • Planetarium passes are required for the 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm shows.
  • Passes are $3 each and may be purchased online or at the ticket window. Since shows do sell out, we always recommend buying in advance.
  • The 6:30 pm live show is always free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please arrive at the planetarium 15 minutes before your ticketed showtime for seating. We run a tight spaceship!



  • 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.


Upcoming NightLife Events

December 12th at 6:00 pm

’Tis the season to stuff those stockings and shop locally with a merry marketplace curated by SF Bazaar.

January 9th at 6:00 pm

Step away from the baby bellas and learn how to unleash fungi’s true potential!

January 16th at 6:00 pm

Laugh your face mites off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night.