We’re bringing the spice at our hottest event of the year. Your taste buds will be ignited by the most tantalizingly fiery foods while our lineup of spicy savants serve up a sizzling talk about their unconventional careers. Things only heat up from there: drag extraordinaire, VERA! lends their dramatic flair to a sultry storytime that’s sure to raise the temperature in more ways than one.

Nightlife is supported by Local Motion® Vodka Sodas, light, refreshing, and simply made with vodka, carbonated water, and natural flavors. Grab Local Motion® at all bars throughout NightLife this year. Plus, snag a sample of Local Motion® during this event!

Turn your cocktail choice up a notch tonight with fiery drinks made with Fiero Tequila.



Sounds by Jay Midnight

Check out Jay Midnight's exclusive SpiceLife playlist on the NightLife Spotify page

Literary Lust with VERA! - Very mature readings at Science Today

Literary Lust with VERA!
Science Today
8:00 PM

  • The sensational drag king, VERA! turns up the literary heat in a dramatic and sensual reading of Taleen Voskuni’s romance novels, Sorry, Bro and Lavash at First Sight.
Talk Spicy to Me - Live panel with Eat Cho Food, Big Bad Wolf, HOT BOi CHILI OIL, and Kitty KaPowww

Talk Spicy to Me
African Hall
8:30 PM

Catch a live talk with Kristina Cho of Eat Cho Food, Haejin Chun of Big Bad Wolf, the creators of HOT BOi CHILI OIL, and burlesque dancer Kitty KaPowww to get the tea on what it’s like to work in all kinds of hot industries.

SpiceLife Showcase - sample assorted hot sauces and goods

SpiceLife Showcase
6 - 10 PM

Ready to feel the burn? Say hello to our SpiceLife partners:

The Menu - Drinks and bites from Liquid Happiness and Chef Rob

The Menu
Drinks and Bites from Liquid Happiness and Chef Rob

At The Swamp & Aquarium Bars:

In The Academy Cafe:

  • Hot & Spicy Wings:

    • Korean Gochujang (spicy)

    • Thai Green Chili (spicy)

    • Chipotle Lime (mild)


A few don't-miss NightLife details:
  • NightLife is for adults 21+ only. Valid, physical photo ID required.
  • Last entry into Osher Rainforest is 7:30 pm — our animals need their sleep.
  • Gems and Minerals Unearthed opens to the public at 8:30 pm. It is reserved for NightLife Plus guests from 6 - 8:30 pm.
  • Morrison Planetarium passes are available online in advance for $5 each while supplies last. Showtimes are 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 pm. 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 in Osher Rainforest, Morrison Planetarium, or the Swamp.
  • While not required, we encourage all guests to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations and to mask up indoors. If you’re feeling sick or have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 or another respiratory virus, please visit another time. View our health and safety page.
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Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm

Connect with ocean life in this 25-min immersive experience

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Upcoming events

June 20th at 6:00 pm

Inked is back at NightLife! Explore the wonders of ink from cephalopods to live tattoos–yes, the real kind!

June 27th at 6:00 pm

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July 11th at 6:00 pm

Gear up for the first ever NightLifeCon! Featuring all things anime, comics, and sci-fi.

July 25th at 6:00 pm

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