Performers invited to participate in ZooLights

November 12, 2014 - 1:39pm

Be a part of the ZooLights tradition!

ZooLights has become a Portland tradition, with thousands of visitors most nights. During the festival, the zoo is ablaze with the glow of more than one million lights, with music and entertainment every evening. We will be booking performances every night that ZooLights is in operation, and hope you can join us in making this the most memorable ZooLights yet!

ZooLights will run Wednesday, November 26, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. ZooLights will be closed November 27, December 10, December 24 and December 25.

Due to construction of the new elephant habitat, Elephant Lands, we have limited space for performers. This year, we will be utilizing the AfriCafe Terrace for singing groups.

 AfriCafe Terrace features

  • Accommodates groups of 20 or fewer (due to space restrictions, we cannot make exceptions to the 20 student maximum)
  • Music stand and piano are available
  • Due to the acoustics and layout, we cannot accommodate bands or dance groups in this area

Please note: If your group is larger than 20 performers, we ask that you do not apply to perform this year due to space limitations due to construction. We hope to have more space in the future and will be happy to have your group back at that time.

We ask that each group perform a seasonal program that is approximately thirty minutes in length. Group members and chaperones will receive free ZooLights and are welcome to enjoy the entire evening's festivities. The zoo provides one chaperone ticket for every five performers.

Performance times will be assigned based on when the completed application forms arrive in our office. Please check the schedule for open dates and times before submitting your form.

Email your completed form to If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

How to email the form:

  1. Download the form
  2. Check the schedule for available dates and times
  3. Type your information into the fillable fields
  4. Save a copy of the PDF, and include your last name at the beginning of the filename
  5. Email the completed PDF to