$5 First Fridays
An Exciting and Immersive Experience Every First Friday
Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!
Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:
This Month's Schedule
January 6, 2017
This month’s $5 First Friday will be a night all about the Ocean. Learn about your favorite marine life and take a deep dive into our oceans through interactive activities, talks and meet with local community organizations who are doing great work to make sure our oceans thrive.
Also joining us this month, The Oceanic Society and the SF Estuary
Shark Alley Hobos: 6-10pm
Join the Sea Shanty band the Shark Alley Hobos as they sing timeless ballads of the sea! Drawing upon timeless sea ballads, modern day spirits-inspired sing-a-longs, and original songs of wanderlust and debauchery, the Shark Alley Hobos will have you shivering your timbers and raising a glass to good friends and good times.
Location: Gruener Astronomy Hall
Dance Party in Beyond Blast Off with Interstellar Space DJs: Yo! Santos & miz-iggy:
Our resident DJ’s will bring you their cosmic beats that will get your moonboots moving. This will be one giant dance party for mankind!
Location: Beyond Blast Off
Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: 6:30-7:15pm
Explore the cosmos as a Chabot Astronomer leads you through the galaxy using a Zeiss Universarium Mark VIII Star Projector. This recently restored Zeiss projector uses advances fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.
Sanctuary in The Sea Film with a talk on Sharks and Sanctuaries by David McGuire, Director Shark Stewards: 7pm
Shark Stewards is a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to restoring ocean health by saving sharks from overfishing and the shark fin trade, and protecting critical marine habitat through marine protected areas and shark sanctuaries.
Why are Dolphins Smart? Talk by Pamela S. Turner, Author of The Dolphins of Shark Bay: 7pm
We all know dolphins are smart. But why are dolphins smart? Dive into the true lives of bottlenose dolphins with author Pamela S. Turner (THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY). Pamela will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the work of scientist Dr. Janet Mann and the amazing tool-using dolphins she studies Shark Bay, Western Australia. These are dolphin stories you won't forget!
Location: Hauben Room
Speaker Bio: Pamela is the author of Hachiko, Gorilla Doctors, Life on Earth—and Beyond, The Frog Scientist, A Life in the Wild, Prowling the Seas, Project Seahorse, and The Dolphins of Shark Bay. Her 2016 books are Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune and Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird. Pamela lives in Oakland, California. Learn more at
Telescope Viewing: 7:30-10:30pm
The impressive 20" telescope, named Rachel, is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. Its companion, the 8" Alvan Clark refractor, named Leah, is the original 1883 instrument donated by founder Anthony Chabot. Nellie, Chabot‘s youngest and most powerful telescope, is housed in a rolling roof observatory, allowing access to 180 degrees of sky. This modern, research-quality telescope offers breathtaking views of the cosmos.
Location: Observatory Deck
Planetarium Show: Phantom of the Universe: 8 and 9pm
From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, a new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the manifold search for dark matter.
Diving in Saipan- Maritime Archaeology Talk by Sam Bell: 7:30-10:30pm
We tend to think of archaeologists as digging in dirt, but vast amounts of cultural material lies beneath the waves. Dive deep into the study of underwater WWII aircraft in Saipan (located in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands) and find out what archaeology can teach us about these sites.
Speaker Bio: Sam has a Masters of Maritime Archaeology from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Her work in Saipan was part of an underwater heritage trail funded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant which created dive guides, brochures and shore-based interpretive material. Sam currently works at Chabot Space & Science Center as a member of our education team and the Chief Enginerd of Project Create (Chabot’s developing makerspace). Let’s just say she loves geeking out on everything from the ocean floor to space exploration!
Cosmic Voyage Movie: 9:15pm
Where do we fit in with the universe? This film seeks to explore our place among the ever-expanding universe. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Hikes will resume in March 2017.