Wednesday, May 9, 2018 • 8:00 p.m.–midnight
Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St., San Francisco

Adults Only (21+)

Thank you for attending Afterglow. Your participation and generosity made the success of the evening possible. With the help of over 350 Party at the Piers guests and 500 additional Afterglow attendees, we raised $1.4 million for the Exploratorium in support of our programs and partnerships that ensure positive impact worldwide.

We hope you'll join us next year for the Exploratorium's 50th anniversary celebration. Stay tuned for more information.



Mayer Hawthorne
Dance Party: Mayer Hawthorne DJ Set & Trackstar the DJ

We are excited to present Grammy-nominated musician Mayer Hawthorne at Afterglow. Dance away under neon lights to Mayer Hawthorne's live DJ set and an opening set by Trackstar the DJ—the official Tour DJ for Run the Jewels.

Infinity Room

Immersive experience by Refik Anadol

Step into an otherworldly portal and envelop yourself in distorted light and perpetually morphing visuals. Watch the walls melt away as the barrier between the material and virtual realms blur into infinity. 

Infinity Room is powered by state-of-the-art laser-based projection technology generously provided by Epson.

Bartender pouring dry ice drink
Open Bars & Treats

Sip your favorite drinks—including inventive cocktails, craft beers, and more—available at open bars throughout the museum. Also enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats.

Color paint
The Colors I Wanted to Flow You

Microscopic color-mixing workshop

Mix and match mediums and dyes and see what you create under prototype, handheld microscopes developed by UC Berkeley's Fletcher Laboratory.

person crawling on ground touching walls and creating fireworks
Tactile Dome

Take a trip through total darkness in our unique Tactile Dome. Crawl and slide your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes. Tactile Dome access is complimentary at Afterglow.

Afterglow is the official after party for the Exploratorium’s Party at the Piers gala. Last year’s fundraiser generated $1.3 million to support educational programs that reach thousands of students and educators worldwide. This year, all proceeds from Afterglow and Party at the Piers will support the Exploratorium’s community programs, both locally and worldwide.


Thank you to our Party at the Piers Presenting Sponsor

Carmel Partners

Let’s keep this party going!



Bain & Company



Fort Point Beer Co.


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