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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.

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  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Saturday, July 26 (9pm - 10:30pm)
    Tickets: $14 (children 2 & under free)
    Does not include General Admission

    Continuing our summer tradition, come lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky as seen throughout history, and look for clues to help orient you to the night's sky.

    Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373 today
    to reserve your spot on the hill.

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    August 1 & 23 (9pm - 10:30pm)
    Tickets: $14 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission

    This summer, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky as seen throughout history, and identify planets and stars that help orient you to the night sky.

    Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373 today
    to reserve your spot on the hill.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Member Telescope Viewing
    Sunday, August 3
    (7:30pm - 10:30pm)
    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!

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    Friday, August 8 (6:15pm - 9:30pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Hike under the beautiful gibbous moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a moderately strenuous 4-5 mile hike. 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.

  • Dog-Friendly Full Moon Hike

    Dog-Friendly Full Moon Hike

    Saturday, August 9 (7:15pm - 9:15pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Bring your dog and hike under the beautiful full moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a relatively easy 3 mile hike. 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.

  • Perseids Meteor Shower

    Perseids Meteor Shower

    Tuesday, August 12 (1am - 3am)
    FREE (Center will be closed)

    Hang out on the hill and watch as the Perseids Meteor Shower makes it annual trip through our atmosphere and light up the night sky. Visibility may be obscured by the waning gibbous (nearly full) moon, but our scientists will be ready to help you catch the brightest meteors.

  • Family Hike

    Family Hike

    Friday, August 29 (6:45pm - 8:30pm)
    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.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Love Missions featuring cuisine by Miraglia Catering
    Saturday, August 30
    (6pm - 10pm)
    Members: $55 / Guests: $65
    Adults 21 & Over

    Take your sweetheart on a memorable date - dinner under the stars then whisk away on a simulated space mission to the Red Planet! Adventure awaits as you work on an exclusive team with other couples to rescue the space transport capsule from calamity! You and your date will be transported to a world of space travel inside Chabot's exclusive and interactive onsite mission control and spacecraft simulator. The adventure includes romantic music, hands on assignments, beer and wine, and sweets for your sweet. Arrive on time things are precise in Mission Control!

  • Chabot Hosts:

    Chabot Hosts:

    Ask a Scientist Lecture Series &
    Wonderfest: The Bay Area Beacon of Science
    Friday, September 5

    (7pm: Wine & Light Food Reception | 8pm: Presentations)
    $15 / $25 including General Admission

    Chabot is proud to partner with Ask a Scientist and Wonderfest to host this enlightening lecture, "A Planet for Goldilocks," about the search for other planets that might harbor life. The quest to find Earth-like planets has captivated our imagination for centuries and has been the goal of NASA's Kepler mission since 2009. Dr. Natalie Batalha, co-investigator on the Kepler mission and director of the Systems Teaching Institute at NASA Research Park, leads the presentation taking us on the Kepler spacecraft's search for planets that can sustain life. Dr. Batalha began her research on extrasolar planet detection and stellar astrophysics at NASA in 2000 and has published numerous papers on her findings.

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    Friday, September 5 (6pm - 9pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Hike under the beautiful gibbous moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a moderate 4-5 mile hike. 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.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday, September 7 (5:30pm)
    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.


    Join us for the Back-to-School children's classic, The Goonies. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Member Telescope Viewing
    Sunday, September 7
    (7:30pm - 10:30pm)
    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!

  • Star Stories

    Star Stories

    Saturday, Sept 13 & Friday, Sept 26 (9pm - 10:30pm)
    Tickets: $14 (children 2 years & under free)
    Does not include General Admission

    This fall, lay on the grass and look up at the stars! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky as seen throughout history, and identify planets and stars that help orient you to the night sky.

    Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373 today
    to reserve your spot on the hill.

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Fly Your Own Planetarium Show
    featuring cuisine by Royal Raspberry Catering
    Thursday, September 25
    (6:15pm - 10pm)
    Adults 21 & Over
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65

    Become master of the universe! You and your date will fly a planetarium show into the vast and wondrous cosmos. Working with a Chabot planetarium technician, you’ll get an exclusive chance to be in the booth and control our planetarium computer flying through space. What better way to put the moon and stars in your sweetheart’s hands?

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    Friday, September 26 (6pm - 7:45pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Hike under the beautiful crescent moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy 1-2 mile hike. 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.

  • Fall Equinox

    Fall Equinox

    Saturday, September 27 (7pm - 10pm)
    $12 / $22 including General Admission

    What happened to summer? Our longer days have quickly turned into longer nights. Celebrate the changing of seasons with a fall carnival suited for you night owls. Relive your childhood through classic autumnal activities such as pumpkin carving and squash bowling, indulge in local seasonal ales, live music and entertainment from the Octopus Literary Salon!

  • Fright Light!

    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!

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    Friday, October 3 (6pm - 9pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Hike under the beautiful gibbous moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a moderately strenuous 4-5 mile hike. After the hike, stay and further explore the amazing objects in the night sky through our telescopes (weather permitting) or tour our Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike takes place rain or shine.

  • Member Movie Night

    Member Movie Night

    Sunday, October 5 (5:30pm)
    FREE Member Admission, RSVP Required!
    Space is limited and by reservation only,
    so call (510) 336-7392 for tickets today.


    Join us for the spooky animated adventure, Paranorman. Join us in the MegaDome Theater for this free, members-only screening. Refreshments will be available by donation.

  • First Glance

    First Glance

    Member Telescope Viewing
    Sunday, October 5
    (7pm - 10pm)
    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!

  • Total Lunar Eclipse

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    Wednesday, October 8 (2am - 5am | Peak: 3:55am)
    Guests:
    $15 Members: Free
    Children 2 & Under Free

    The observatory deck opens at 2am for a special presentation about the eclipse. Stay after the presentation for the late night viewing festivities. A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. For this to happen the Sun, Earth, and Moon must be closely aligned with the Moon and the Moon located furthest from the Sun. Bring binoculars, blankets and warm clothes.

    Please note: Eclipse is not guaranteed and weather permitting for outside viewing

  • Creepy Classics

    Creepy Classics

    Movie Night Under the Stars
    Saturday, October 11
    (8pm)
    $12/ $22 including General Admission

    Before there were high-tech special effects to thrill audiences, movie makers used their imaginations to create classic scary movies. Host Lord Blood-Rah, the High Lord of Geekdom, presents bizarre and frightening flicks with his own unique brand of Geeky madness! Bring your blankets and bundle up under the stars and discover the original scary films that laid the foundation for the new classics. Hot chocolate, wine & beer, and popcorn for sale.

  • Future Fridays

    Future Fridays

    Friday, April 18 (6pm - 7:30pm)
    Thomas Atchison
    Members: $23 / Guests: $26
    $30 at the Door: Discounts do not apply, subject to availability

    Civilian Space Exploration:
    Personalizing Your Access to Space!

    Thomas Atchison, founder of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, is leading efforts for the next space race among the general public. Through STEM education activities and professional development opportunities, Mavericks is helping students of all ages discover a passion for rocketry and space flight. Learn about the history of space exploration and Mavericks’ related efforts. You may  be inspired to build and launch a rocket in your backyard!

  • Supper Club

    Supper Club

    Sinister Science
    featuring cuisine by Straw Catering
    Saturday, October 18

    (Dinner & Experiments: 8:30pm | LaserMania: 10:15pm)
    Adults 21 & Over
    Members:
    $55 Guests: $65

    Release your inner mad scientist and enter our lab of sinister science and kooky chemistry. Sip on a sinister cocktail while our experts lead you through experiments that will change your perception of common household materials. For dinner, savor a catered dinner or try your hand at culinary science by making your own dessert. And cuddle up to your date to watch a special spooky presentation of Fright Light LaserMania!

  • Ignite East Bay

    Ignite East Bay

    Friday, October 24 (7pm - 10pm)
    $15 + General Admission


    What would you share with an audience if you had just 5 minutes? Chabot and Ignite Oakland are providing a platform for people to share their passions and expertise with a live audience, the catch is they have just 5 minutes and 20 quickly changing slides to do so. The science-related topics will range from the everyday to the extraordinary. Come eat, drink and snack while meeting your neighbors and sharing in their curiosity, know-how and smarts.

  • Night Hike

    Night Hike

    Friday, October 31 (5pm - 7:45pm)
    Tickets: $12 (does not include admission into the Center)
    RSVP Recommended, space is limited!
    Register online or call (510) 336-7373


    Hike under the first quarter moon through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on a easy 2-3 mile hike. 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.


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