$5 First Fridays

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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. $5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The Center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.

Pre-purchase your tickets for $5 First Friday here:



Exploring the Solar System

Friday, November 2, 2018

Join us on an expedition of discovery through our solar system from the icy dark regions beyond Neptune to the remarkable moons of Jupiter to the very core of the planet Earth, your adventure awaits! Learn about the science behind the current exploration of the solar system from local astronomers and researchers and explore the planets, dwarf planets and regions of space that orbit our sun. And don’t miss the exciting talk from Astrophysicist, Adam Frank on his new book, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, which poses big questions about alien civilizations, climate change, and what life on other worlds tells us about our own fate.




Going the Distance: Our Reach into Space

Time: 6pm-10pm

Chabot’s exciting new exhibition, Going The Distance: Our Reach Into Space, explores how humans are expanding our boundaries by moving farther into the Universe than ever before. The exhibition will frame large questions: why we go, how we get there, what we do there, and why this impacts us as humans.

Danny and The Moon Reading and Book Signing

Times: 6:45pm & 7:45pm
Location: Discovery Lab


Danny, a very curious cat, wonders what the moon is like. Is it really made of cheese? He is determined to find out. After going to astronaut school, Danny climbs aboard a rocket ship to the moon! He learns the truth about what the moon is made of, collects moon rocks for his family, and returns home to a cheering crowd. But is his adventure just a dream?

Join us for a reading and book signing by the author, Jennifer Dawson.


Bio: Jennifer is an author and was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She has always loved to read and is an avid animal lover–of all kinds of animals–but mostly horses, dogs and of course cats!


Opera Parallele Presents: The Little Prince

Times: 7pm & 8pm
Location: Planetarium


Join the Opera Parallele for a few short scenes from their upcoming production, The Little Prince under our Planetarium Dome. This will be a special, once in a lifetime performance. Get your chance to meet the cast after the shows as well!


Academy Award-winning English composer Rachel Portman’s magical opera in two acts comes to the Opera Parallèle stage with a twist, in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story of a charming prince who falls from space into the Sahara Desert takes on even more universal appeal and a feminist touch with the principal characters played by women and girls. This original production brims with digital magic, animated illustrations, and a cast of fantastical characters including the Prince and the Pilot, stars and birds, the King, a Businessman, the Rose and others. They interact with each other and the animation as they explore the universe in search of love, meaning, and the answers to life’s biggest quandaries. Opening on December 7th in San Francisco. https://operaparallele.org/little-prince-2018/



Erin Enriqez – The Little Prince

Kindra Scharich – The Fox

Sabrina Romero – The Rose


Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth Book Signing by Author Adam Frank

Time: 7-8pm
Location: Rotunda

Adam Frank Talk: Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Time: 8:30pm
Location: Megadome

Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it’s highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What’s more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change.


Bio: Adam is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, a science commentator and blogger for NPR, and a popular author. He’s planning a fall speaking tour to coincide with his new book, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, which poses big questions about alien civilizations, climate change, and what life on other worlds tells us about our own fate.



DJ Dance Party!

Time: 6pm-10pm

Location: Mezzanine

Join the DJ for one giant dance party for mankind!


BeanSprouts Café

Time: 6-9pm


Zeiss Astronomy Presentation: The Sky Tonight

Time: 9pm

Location: Planetarium

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 advanced fiber-optics to project stars with astonishing clarity.


Story Time 

Times: 7:30pm & 8:15pm

Location: Observation Deck

Gather around our Master Storyteller and hear exciting tales! Fun for the whole family.


Telescope Makers Workshop 

Time: 7pm-10pm

Location: Chemistry/Physics Lab

Open to all ages, the Telescope Makers’ Workshop is an all-volunteer group committed to helping people build their own telescopes. Drop in to see what they are up to.


Telescope Viewing

Time: 7:30-10:30pm

Location: Telescope Complex


Star Stories

Time: 9:15pm

Location: Observation Deck

Come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky.