Zoo welcomes summer with extended hours

May 27, 2016 - 2:19pm

Longer hours and more events lead to a summer of fun at the Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo is ready to welcome summer, with longer hours and a host of seasonal special events. Beginning Saturday, May 28, zoo gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Visitors may remain on grounds until 7 p.m.

The zoo will mark Memorial Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. To receive free admission Monday, May 30, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID.

Along with more time to enjoy the animals, zoo visitors will be treated to a summer chock full of events, shows and happenings.

Summer camps, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, begin June 13. As of this writing, spots are still available for most age groups, but they tend to fill quickly as the end of school draws near. Learn more about camps.

Also around mid-June, the zoo's popular Wildlife Live program, presented by Portland General Electric, returns with free-flight demonstrations featuring bird species from around the globe.

The zoo's summer concert series kicks off with a sold-out Chicago show on June 19 and winds up Sept. 9 with Jake Bugg. Along the way, concertgoers can catch a variety of world-renowned artists — from new wave party-rockers the B-52s to reggae superstar Ziggy Marley to country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, and more. The zoo's summer concert series is presented by the Oregon College Savings Plan and Banfield Pet Hospital. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

New this summer, and free for zoo members, Twilight Tuesdays offer a variety of al fresco dining opportunities, live music and activities for kids — plus a rare chance to enjoy the zoo in the beautiful twilight hours of summer. Twilight Tuesday events take place the third Tuesday of the month, from June through August.