Mezcal NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 5th 6:00-10:00 pm | 21+ event
Learn about the rich history and flavorful future of mezcal at NightLife’s spirit-focused celebration of Cinco de Mayo, co-presented by the MEX I AM festival showcasing the best of Mexico. Sip your way through a selection of mezcal-inspired cocktails at bars, catch mezcal mixology demos from local hotspots, hear talks on the history of mezcal, and more!
Sip your way through a selection of mezcal-inspired cocktails at bars around the museum and catch mezcal mixology demos from local hotspots La Urbana, Bartlett Hall, Lolo, and more, presented by Mezcalistas.
Kick off the evening with Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco Dr. Andrés Roemer, followed by talks on the history of mezcal—from learning about sustainable production with Wahaka Mezcal to tracing its current popularity boom with Max Garrone of Mezcalistas.
At the Project Lab:
Academy scientists Drs. Lauren Esposito and Jack Dumbacher will explain the special relationship between yucca and agave plants and their pollinators, exploring how bats and moths play an important role in keeping mezcal and tequila flowing. Get refreshed while tasting samples of Hard Frescos and make it easy to get home safely with the ride-sharing pros at Lyft.
Plus, groove to the Latin and tropical rhythms of DJs Theory and Baysik.
Member Tickets: $12
Non-Member Tickets: $15
Ages 21+, ID required for entry.
FOOD & DRINK
A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, 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.
6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that’s teeming with life.
6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life
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.
PLEASE BE ADVISED
Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.