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FRI & SAT : 10am - 10pm

SUN : 10am - 5pm

After Dark

Really Cool Experiences Happen After Dark

Chabot offers many wonderful experiences, many of them After Dark. Whether you are looking for a unique date night experience or a fun place to search for galaxies and nebula, Chabot has something for everyone. We are open late every Friday and Saturday evenings and feature telescope viewing from our three giant telescopes, weather permitting of course. In addition, we will have special events, lectures and parties for many occasions including group events and corporate team building.

From time to time we rent out our Center for weddings, corporate holiday parties and private events. Check our calendar for those dates.

The list below is just some of the wonderful things you will find AFTER DARK at Chabot.

Bookmark this page to see the things that interest you After Dark.

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  • Special Closure

    Special Closure

    All or portions of our Center are closed for a private event. Please check the link for specific information on closures. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Night Hikes

    Night Hikes

    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373

    Enjoy an easy 1-2 mile end-of-summer hike through the beautiful redwoods and watch the sun set over the bay! After the hike, stay and explore other amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Sunday Nov 02 7:00pm

    Member Telescope Viewing
    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    Each Sunday preceding the 1st quarter moon, the Eastbay Astronomical Society invites you to a special private telescope viewing. Unlike our regular viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings, EAS personalizes the experience by taking viewing requests, live interaction, and hosting tours and it's exclusively for our members!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Nov 08 6:00pm

    Eat, Play, Love: Molecular Gastronomy
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Finally, a reason to play with your food! Explore the wonders of molecular gastronomy with your date. You'll create see-through appetizers, dry ice cocktails and explosive desserts. Entrees will be provided by The Red Door Catering.

  • Lost in Space

    Lost in Space

    Adult Missions in the Challenger Learning Center®
    Flyers must be 21+

    Tickets: $30 (does not include general admission)
    Just like our public missions for families, but this one is strictly for adult flyers. Bring your friends and join an intrepid team to land on the red planet, construct a probe to send to one of the moons of Mars and save your crew from calamity. Grab your flight suit, strap on a helmet and experience the thrill and excitement of a NASA simulated space mission to Mars! Wine, beer and light snacks will be provided.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
    Constructing a New Gaming Genre

    Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, then twenty-something year old Wright created a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history, SimCity. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused on open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born! Hear Will discuss his journey and his upcoming projects.

  • Cosmic Concerts

    Cosmic Concerts

    $15 / $22 including General Admission
    You don't have to leave our galaxy to see some far-out talent. Chabot's Cosmic Concert series, in partnership with The Octopus Literary Salon, showcases local musicians playing live to the backdrop of the Universe. Fun activities, food and drinks will round out the evening. Come and make a night of it!


  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday Nov 16 6:00pm

    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!

    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.

    We're partnering with the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival again to present the 7th annual Playdate for the Imagination, where education and imagination collide. Though the festival isn't until January, we've put together a special sneak-peek for members, highlighting the best of the 2014 festival and film clips screening at the 2015 festival. This year's theme is Green Innovation, harnessing creativity to solve global warming. The films inspire curiosity and conversation and allow children to experience an array of cultural perspectives on climate change. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • Leonids Meteor Shower

    Leonids Meteor Shower

    FREE (Center will be closed)
    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Leonids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere. Though this meteor shower is unpredictable in nature, it has been known to produce a spectacular show. Our experts will be on hand to explore the origins of Comet Temple-Tuttle and even help you spot them as they streak across the galaxy.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Dec 06 6:00pm

    Fly Your Own Planetarium Show
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Enjoy a candlelit dinner, then snuggle up with your sweetie under the stars as our popular Star Stories meets Supper Club. Lay on our lawn and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories of love from the night sky as seen throughout history, and navigate the galaxy looking for planets and other celestial bodies. This month features Miraglia Catering.

  • Chabot Hosts:

    Chabot Hosts:

    Wonderfest & Ask a Scientist
    $15 / $25 including General Admission
    We all know that sleep is essential, but after years of scientific research, we still don't know exactly why. Wonderfest and Ask a Scientist join us for an eye-opening discussion on sleep. Dr. Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, presents cutting-edge discoveries of how sleep is a highly active process that effects on cognitive ability, overall health, and why so many of us don't get enough. Wine will be available for purchase.

  • Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    Adults 21+
    $12 / $22 including General Admission
    Revel in the magic of the season with Chabot and the Octopus Literary Salon! With the Sun going down early, Chabot is the best place to experience the Winter Solstice sky. Enjoy live music, sing-a-long caroling with the Secret Santas, and sip on cider and mulled wine. Experiment with candy canes and other holiday treats. Stick around after the festivities to observe the cosmos through one of our historic telescopes. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Saturday Jan 31 6:00pm

    Sparks Will Fly: Explosive Experiments
    Members: $55 Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over
    Test your love chemistry at this explosive Supper Club! Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in our in science laboratory, then become a part of fun! Sparks fly as you participate in exploding experiments led by our resident scientist. This month features Grace Street Catering.


ShowsView All

  • When Things Collide

    When Things Collide

    Movies, mythology, and popular culture paint many pictures of the ways that our world might end. How does science shed light on world-ending planetary disruptions past and future? We'll fly to celestial sites of devastation and disaster, exploring how these events shape our Universe, and could even threaten life on Earth.

    Cosmos 360 Original Live Productions launch with new shows in our digital-dome every three months.

  • Back To The Moon For Good

    Back To The Moon For Good

    To the Moon... with no return? This new planetarium show follows the excitement of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The ultimate example of citizen science, the winning team will successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters on the surface, and send back video imagery. Who will win the $30 million prize? After 40 years, the race is heating up once again, get in on the action!

  • Astronaut

    Astronaut

    The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner & outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

    ASTRONAUT is produced by the National Space Centre.

  • Tales of the Maya Skies

    Tales of the Maya Skies

    Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itz�. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

    A Chabot Space & Science Center production. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

  • LaserMania Laser Country

    LaserMania Laser Country

    NEW SHOW!
    Laser Country is dedicated to some of the greatest country hits of all time. Set to the all-American sounds of modern and classical country songs, this laser show will appeal to all generations! From Garth Brooks and Shania Twain to Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, this show promises to be a boot-scootin’ good time!

  • LaserMania Pink Floyd

    LaserMania Pink Floyd

    Based on Pink Floyd's 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

    Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. It's sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

  • LaserMania Laser Pop

    LaserMania Laser Pop

    NEW SHOW!
    The hottest pop artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-POPping laser show that will have you singing out loud and dancing in your seat! Laser Pop features sizzling stars, like Pink, N’Sync, Smash Mouth and more!  Grab your friends for a fun night of pop music on the hill.

  • LaserMania The Beatles

    LaserMania The Beatles

    The "Fab Four's" best spanning 6 years becomes the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

  • LaserMania Laser Holidays

    LaserMania Laser Holidays

    NEW SHOW! DECEMBER ONLY!
    Enjoy the holidays with a dash of laser! Laser Holidays is a mix of those favorite holiday hits from all genres- syncopated beats with lasers dancing 360 degrees around our full dome planetarium. These bright lights and infectious beats give new meaning to the old holiday light shows on the lawn!

  • LaserMania Fright Light!

    LaserMania Fright Light!

    NEW LASERMANIA SHOW!
    Playing in October only... catch it before it's ghost!
    Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Think you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying laser experience ever? Are you brave enough to witness vampires seducing their prey and demons haunting the unsuspecting? Perhaps you'll keep your eyes closed, only sneaking peeks at fun renditions of Purple People Eater and The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season... if you dare!