Sunset at the Zoo

August 19, 2015 - 05:00pm to 08:00pm

Sunset at the Zoo, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, is a series of evening "late hours" in the park.

Each Sunset event features animals that are active at dusk, fun activities for families, pettable animals and live entertainment. Banfield Pet Hospital veterinarians and vet techs will be on hand, presiding over a "Pet Patch-Up" station for stuffed animals, and kids can show off their best dog and cat impressions in Banfield's "Howl and Meow" contest.

Food offerings including gourmet picnic baskets from Peacock Picnics, as well as local beer and wine service, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and other food carts, make this the perfect place for dinner al fresco while enjoying the best of Portland on a summer evening.

Sunset at the Zoo takes place every other Wednesday during July and August.


July 8, featuring live music by St. James Gate 

St. James Gate is a Celtic inspired quartet offering dynamic vocals, 3-part harmonies, scorching hot fiddle, funky upright acoustic/electric bass, tight acoustic rhythm guitar, and drums, St. James's Gate specializes in a wide range of Irish Music, including beautiful Irish ballads and waltzes, faster-than-lightning jigs and reels, traditional pub songs and contemporary Irish music.

July 22, featuring live music by The Earnest Lovers 

The Earnest Lovers are vintage honky tonk heartbreak serenaders Pete Krebs (Hazel, The Stolen Sweets, Portland Playboys) and Leslie Beia (Copper and Coal, The Lowburners).  An alliance forged from their musical and devoted love of the golden era of country duets, the Lovers have set out to capture that classic sound and to invigorate it with new life in form of original compositions.

August 5, featuring live music by Rio Con Brio

Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their intimate performance of the beautiful and esoteric Brazilian repertoire known aschoro, the early 20th Century street music of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, choro is both exotic and familiar, evoking in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris.

August 19, featuring live music by The Student Loan String Band

Together for nine years, The Student Loan is a progressive-acoustic newgrass project based out of Portland, Oregon. This innovative quartet’s diverse style transcends genre, fusing elements of jazz, blues, rock, old-timey parlour music and jam with traditional bluegrass instrumentation. 

Sunset at the Zoo is free with zoo admission. Zoo members receive free admission every day! Become a member, renew your membership, or purchase tickets in advance