Creatures of the NightLife

Thu Oct 27
California Academy of Sciences
6:00 - 10:00pm
$12 - $15
Holiday Event, City, Museums
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The creatures come out at night as NightLife joins forces with the Bay Area Science Festival for an evening of spine-tingling science!

Come in costume for this annual Halloween bash and tour a haunted museum full of scientific curiosities and mad science inspired by some of your favorite pop culture frights, including The Island of Dr. Moreau. Catch a drag show and costume contest hosted by hostess of horror and local drag legend Peaches Christ and her most ghoulish friends.

In the planetarium, grab a seat for a special Haunted Tour of the Night Sky, then make a Halloween-themed craft with Julia Jane Moore.

Music by DJ Omar of Popscene in the Piazza


Event attendees are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes. For the safety and enjoyment of our guests, please keep these guidelines in mind:

-Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent in nature.
For the safety of all visitors, we ask that guests refrain from wearing masks or other items which obscure the face.
-Costumes should not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike guests or exhibits.
-Costumes should not contain any elements which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
-The California Academy of Sciences reserves the right to turn away any guest with a costume that we deem offensive or unsafe.

This is one of our most popular events of the year and often sells out. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Also, please note:

Planetarium seating is limited . Admission is available to NightLife guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.
Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will also be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Color of Life—Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens.

6:00-10:00 pm, Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed—Marvel at rarely-seen fish and invertebrates from little-known reefs and learn about Academy scientists who travel to mysterious underwater depths.


FOOD & DRINK A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace, 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.



NightLife planetarium passes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30pm. Please note: early event arrival is strongly recommended due to limited capacity and high demand for passes. Passes can be picked up at the planetarium kiosk upon arrival.


  1. California Academy of Sciences
    55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA