NightLife is a Drag

Sashay into a night of greatness and glam as we celebrate the undeniable impact and artistry of drag. Kiki with Bay Area drag royalty as they take over NightLife in an evening full of show stopping performances, make-up tutorials, a pop-up marketplace, and more!

Sounds by Mama Celeste

Check out Mama Celeste's exclusive NightLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page


Lipsync Lounge - Mama Celeste, the Rice Rockettes, and... you?

Lipsync Lounge

  • 6:00 - 8:30 PM - Oaklash’s own Mama Celeste kicks off the night behind the 1's and 2's.
  • 8:30 PM - Don’t miss a pop-up drag show from the one and only Rice Rockettes
  • 9:00 PM - Brave enough to take the stage? Lip sync for your life to pop classics with the sensational Mama Celeste.
Shop, Swap, and Pop - Vendors and Makeup and Tarot, oh my

Shop, Swap, and Pop
6 - 10 PM

Timeless Drag - GLBT Historical Society & Kristi Yummykochi

Timeless Drag
Science Today
8:00 PM

Learn about the long and beautiful history of drag as an art form in San Francisco with short talks from the GLBT Historical Society and Kristi Yummykochi of the Rice Rockettes.

Wish Tree - Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Wish Tree
Curiosity Grove
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Write down your most desired wishes and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will bless them and make them become true.

VERA! In Space (Planetarium shows)

VERA! In Space
6:30 & 7:30

The intergalactic library is OPEN. Join the one and only VERA! as they read the Universe in a hilariously unfiltered live commentary of our planetarium show Tour of the Universe. Don’t be late: shows are in session at 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Pro-tip: secure your spot by buying a planetarium pass with your NightLife ticket in advance (seats are limited).

The Menu - Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness & Chef Rob

In The Academy Cafe: TBD

At The Swamp & Aquarium Bars: TBD

A few don't-miss NightLife details

A few don't-miss NightLife details:

  • NightLife guests are no longer required to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test. We still strongly encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and to mask up indoors. As always, if you’re feeling under the weather, please NightLife another time. View health and safety information here.
  • Last entry into the rainforest exhibit is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Morrison Planetarium is now open at NightLife with 4 showtimes. To maximize staff and guest safety, planetarium passes are required and capacity is limited. Passes are available online in advance for an additional $5 while supplies last to reserve a seat at a 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 pm planetarium show. Please see our FAQs for more details. (Please note: A limited number of standby seats will be available for all showtimes as space allows on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and drink are not permitted inside the planetarium.)
  • Beverages are available at various bars throughout the building, but food must be enjoyed outdoors or in the Academy Café only.
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Still have Qs? See our FAQs here.

Planetarium Shows

8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Where did the building blocks of life come from? Journey across space & time to explore how elements are made.

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Explore the immense scale of the known Universe in this live presentation that leaves Earth far behind.

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Upcoming events

April 25th at 6:00 pm

Attention Earthlings: our planet's calling & it's time to answer. Join us for a night of community & activism.

May 2nd at 6:00 pm

Feel the beat of connection through the power of musical instruments.

May 9th at 6:00 pm

See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy.

May 16th at 6:00 pm

Carnaval is taking over! Join the party and celebrate Latin American, Caribbean & Afrodiasporic cultures.

May 23rd at 6:00 pm

Why is California so special? Find out at the grand opening of our newest exhibit, California: State of Nature.

May 30th at 6:00 pm

Calling all creatures of the night: explore the nocturnal side of the Academy at NightLife and see what's rev