Did you know NightLife is every Thursday? Check out our weekly programming schedule.
NightLife kicks off its sixth annual NightLife LIVE summer music series this July with four concerts in the West Garden, co-presented by Noise Pop and in partnership with Outside Lands Music Festival, DoTheBay, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jack Daniel's and artist-in-residency Maggie West.
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, living rainforest, and live performances on an outdoor stage transforms the Academy into one of San Francisco’s most unique live music venues in the heart of Golden Gate Park.
Partnering with some of the Bay Area’s most buzzworthy art collectives and studios, NightLife LIVE will feature immersive light shows and mind-bending projections by ALL OF IT NOW, VR experiences by Vision Quest, and more. Each NightLife LIVE event will also feature hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective, rotating pop-up shops from local vendors like Amoeba Records, and special “one-night-only” custom designs with screen printing by San Franpsycho.
NightLife happens every Thursday night from 6 – 10 pm. Enjoy music, cutting-edge science, and cocktails as you set out with friends on a journey to the stars and to the depths of the sea. Explore a unique theme each week and after-hours access to all Academy exhibits. 21+, ID required for entry.
2019 NightLife LIVE Lineup
This year, NightLife LIVE is excited to announce its first artist-in-residency featuring Los Angeles-based artist Maggie West. West, whose work has been featured in publications including Paper, iD, Dazed and Confused, Playboy, Artnet, Newsweek, Forbes, Complex, and Out, specializes in surreal, colorful photography and installations. A curated selection of West’s eye-catching images, many featuring specimens from the Academy’s scientific collections, will be displayed within a 7’x11’ wide geodesic dome installation, illuminated from within, casting a vibrant colorful glow across the museum’s West Garden.
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A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6-9:30pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby.