Adler After Dark: Rocketoberfest | Sept. 19

Adler After Dark: Rocketoberfest | September 19

What is Adler After Dark?

Exclusively for adults 21+, this evening offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment every third Thursday of the month from 6:00–10:00 pm (Summer hours, May-August: 6:30–10:30 pm.)  With themes that change every month, Adler After Dark is never the same event twice. Reinvent your Adler experience every month with friends, family, or that special someone on a date they’ll never forget.

September 19: Rocketoberfest

It’s Oktoberfest season in Chicago! Raise a pint and look to the sky at this special Adler After Dark!

It seems like every week now, there is a rocket launch or test from either NASA or one of their commercial partners. Companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic are opening a new frontier for space tourism and launches into low-Earth orbit, while NASA focuses on the future of deep space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). Learn more about these exciting developments with special talks—including Dave Mackay, Chief Pilot at Virgin Galactic—and do some real rocket science with hands-on programs that will test your engineering mettle.

Celebrate the start of Oktoberfest in style with specialty pretzels and brews from Empirical Brewery and Marz Brewing, and make sure to chat with our friends from DANK Haus about their super cool new exhibition (hint: it involves beer)! And don’t miss the musical stylings of local German Oompah band Die Musikmeisters, who will keep the Oktoberfest fun going all evening!

Plan your evening ahead of time with our event schedule! (Subject to change.)

*Please note that we will have some limited exhibition closures on the second level as we work to construct a new exhibition. We apologize for the inconvenience, but look forward to sharing a new experience with you coming fall/winter 2019!


Advance Purchase: 
$20 General Admission/$10 Adler members

At the Door (Based on Availability):
$25 General Admission/$15 Adler members

Doane Tours:
$8 General Admission/$8 Adler members

Doane Observatory tour tickets are available in limited quantity and sell out quickly. Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are always scheduled after sunset. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.

Please note: Observatory programs may be altered or canceled due to weather without advance notice; if clouds or other conditions do not permit viewing through the telescope, an alternate program in the Observatory will be substituted, at the discretion of Observatory staff.

Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as tickets may not be available at the door. Check back for up-to-date ticket availability details. For group (15 or more) or corporate booking, please contact Please bring your photo ID on the day of the event.

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Need some Adler After Dark costume inspiration? Check out some of our photo albums of past AAD attendees! If you’re planning on attending an Adler After Dark event in costume, please see our Cosplay & Costuming Weapons Policy.