Zoo extends hours during 'Sunset at the Zoo' festivities

Water Tower to bring bluegrass to the zoo grass July 24 for second 'Sunset' event

Over the course of four Wednesdays this summer, the Oregon Zoo is offering visitors a little something extra: Sunset at the Zoo, free with regular zoo admission, features extended evening hours packed with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours.

Sunset at the Zoo debuted in 2012 as an expansion of the zoo's traditional Wednesday concerts. Every other Wednesday in July and August, zoo gates remain open until 8 p.m., with a concert on the lawn at 7 p.m. and activities taking place from 5 p.m. on.

The series kicked off July 10 with an all-star jazz band featuring Mel Brown, and continues this Wednesday, July 24, when high-energy folk and bluegrass band Water Tower takes the main stage.

Also on the bill for July 24: mandolin music from Olivia Duffy and René Berblinger; swing era jazz from Boy and Bean; a bird show from the zoo's popular Wild Life Live program, presented by Portland General Electric; storytelling from the Dragon Theater puppet company; and some advanced hula-hoopery from Erika Fey, aka the Mayor of Hooperville. Guests can also participate in face-painting, self-guided twilight hikes, a glow-in-the-dark dragonfly craft, and games with a "crepuscular creatures" theme.

Sunset at the Zoo is presented this year by Banfield Pet Hospital, with support from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and U.S. Bank.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
 
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

Media contact: 

Hova Najarian | 503-220-5714 | hova.najarian@oregonzoo.org