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Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

SF Sketchfest is back at NightLife for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy as part of the 17th Annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.


This Week in Science Podcast
​(West Pavilion, Connect the Continents)
6:30 - 7:30pm
Join us for a night of irreverent science, featuring a live version of the comedy podcast “This Week in Science.”

Stan Against Evil
(African Hall)
7:00 - 8:00pm
For fans of The Evil Dead: IFC’s Stan Against Evil, created by Dana Gould, is a horror-comedy about two small town sheriffs fighting supernatural demons; cast members Deborah Baker, Jr., Nate Mooney, Steven Ogg, and Janet Varney will talk about fighting the forces of evil.

Thinkers & Drinkers
(African Hall)
Join the fun in an interactive game called “Thinkers and Drinkers”, which combines two of our favorite things: booze and science. You’ll ask a panel of scientists some of life’s toughest questions; they’ll play a drinking game and (attempt) to deliver brilliant answers.

Talking Simpsons Podcast
(West Pavilion, Connect the Continents)
8:30 - 9:30pm

-------> Geek out with the hosts of "Talking Simpsons" podcast as they discuss the intricacies of America's longest running show and most-loved cartoon, The Simpsons.

Stand Up Central
6:30 - 7:45pm & 8:15 - 9:35pm

The main Piazza stage will be a showcase for a stand-up comedy lineup featuring Bay Area favorites Nicole Calasich, Imran G, and Valerie Vernal, and visiting comics Shain Brendan, Dana Gould, Shannon Noll, Greg Santos, Eddie Della Siepe, and Blake Weller.

DJ sets by New Wave City



  • 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.



  • 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, 7:30 pm

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

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Explore the incredible scale of the known Universe in this special live presentation with a humorous atmosphere.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 25th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife as the Academy transforms into an outrageous night of supernatural science.