After Dark: Fog

Thursday, October 3, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

All summer, fog swirls through the city of San Francisco, inspiring poets, filmmakers, and mystery writers. Tonight, we celebrate the last days of our cool, gray season, exploring this ephemeral element in ways sentimental, cinematic, seaworthy, and scientific. Learn about fog’s origins and effects, or just lose yourself in its beauty. Hear stories from those who study it, sail through it, and capture it on film. Wrap yourself in your best noir trench coat and let’s have one last drink to Fog.


Fog City Premiere
with Sam Green
Kanbar Forum
7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Fog in San Francisco’s Microclimates
with Andrew Oliphant
Bay Observatory Gallery
8:00 p.m.

Piloting Through the Fog
with David McCloy
Bay Observatory Terrace
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Foghorns: Signaling Danger
with Dick Vennerbeck
Outdoor Gallery
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Fog Section
with Charles Sowers
Outdoors at the Fog Bridge
6:00–10:00 p.m. (hourly, on the half-hour)

Cloud and Laser Demo
with the Explainers
Central Gallery Explainer Station
6:30–9:30 p.m.

with Explorables
West Gallery
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Please note that most of our event venues are intimate spaces with limited capacity. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan your evening accordingly. Cocktails are available all night in the SeaGlass Restaurant. Cash only at the bars; credit cards accepted at the restaurant.


Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events.

Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults?