review | NightLife at California Academy of Sciences



The NightLife events held at the California Academy of Sciences include a perfect combination for fun: cocktails, friends, and science! The events happen every Thursday night from 6-10 p.m. and are a great opportunity to experience this amazing natural history museum through a different point of view (and with a cocktail in your hand).

On February 19, we had the chance to attend the Noise Pop edition of Cal Academy’s NightLife, a special event to explore the science of ear candy, which brought some cool art exhibitions, awesome DJs, and music artists to the museum. The event was part of the Noise Pop Festival, which you can find more information about on their website.


Our night started with the “Universe Update” show at the Morrison Planetarium. This great show is a special presentation of what’s new in the world of astronomy, including discoveries about new planets and galaxies. The show was followed by cocktails and exploring other exhibits, such as the Osher Rainforest, the Steinhart Aquarium, and the Tusher African Hall. Even though the performers and DJs were concentrated at the Piazza and in the Coral Reef, the entire museum was open and there was good music playing in almost every area.


There were also great dining options. Food could be found in many different spots, such as The Terrace, the main restaurant in museum, the pop-up cafe located in the West Garden, and at the Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby. Besides eating and exploring the museum’s attractions, we were also able to chill out and enjoy nice drinks at the Piazza while watching a great performance by Dawn Golden, the solo project of Dexter Tortoriello, which is inspired by doom-metal and downcast electronic.


We definitely recommend checking out a California Academy of Sciences Nightlife event to those who live in or are just passing through the Bay Area, as it is a very entertaining and unique experience! For more information about upcoming events, check their website.

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