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Date: June 21 to Aug. 23

Time: 5 to 9 p.m.

A family sits on the concert lawn.

Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening outdoors with good food and live entertainment. Over the course of 10 Fridays from June to August, the Oregon Zoo hosts Zoo Nights: evenings filled with local music, food carts, activities for all ages, and the chance to get to know some of the animals active during twilight hours.

Food and snacks from local food trucks will be available, plus the ever-popular elephant ears, and selection of local beer and wine for adults.

Every ticket purchased helps the Oregon Zoo connect our community to the wonder of wildlife to create a better future for all.

Dates and music lineup 

June 21Garcia Birthday Band

June 28Life During Wartime 

July 5Pa'Lante

July 12Ural Thomas and the Pain

July 19Robert Henry Band

July 26Orquestra Pacifico Tropical

August 2Hit Factory with Patrick Lamb

August 9Melao de Cuba

August 16Jujuba

August 23Aaron Nigel Smith

Bands play 6:30 to 8:30 each night.

Entertainment for June 21

5 to 8:30 p.m.    Bubble dance party at Rainforest Plaza
5 to 9 p.m.    Rides: train and carousel
6:30 & 7:30 p.m.    Performance: Red Yarn at Central Plaza

Keeper chats and animal activities for June 21

5:15 p.m.    Mountain goat or black bear keeper talk 
5:30 p.m.    Family Farm keeper talk
5:45 p.m.    Animal encounter at Family Farm
6:00 p.m.    Condor keeper talk
6:15 p.m.     Orangutan or gibbon keeper talk
6:30 p.m.    Polar bear activity
6:30 p.m.    Lion or painted dog keeper talk 
7:30 p.m.    Elephant keeper talk

Food and beverage

Visiting vendors
Alchemy Sandwich Co. (amphitheater)
Bandit Kettle Corn  (Polar Plaza)
Six Stix Gourmet Pretzels  (Polar Plaza)
Verde Cocina (Elephant Plaza)

Zoo favorites
Aviary Cafe (amphitheater)
Bar: Beer, Wine and Cocktails (two locations, amphitheater)
Brain Freeze (amphitheater)
Bratwursts (amphitheater)
Cantina Bowl  (Elephant Plaza)
Dippin' Dots and Churros  (Elephant Plaza)
Elephant Ears  (Elephant Plaza)
Growler’s Pizza  (Elephant Plaza)
Portland Pretzel & Popcorn Co.  (Elephant Plaza)
Sunset Highway Shave Ice Co. (Central Plaza)
Scoop and Swirl  (Discovery Plaza)
Trailhead Snacks (Central Plaza)

Host your private event during Zoo Nights

Book our Polar Plaza event space to hold your own party during Zoo Nights. With live music, a dedicated catering staff, and a focus on sustainable Northwest cuisine, Zoo Nights is an unforgettable location for meetings, fundraisers, and picnics.

For more information, please submit an inquiry form