Event offers live music, food carts, local beverages, late hours and family fun
It's tough to say goodbye to a Portland summer, but the Oregon Zoo is doing it in true Rose City style — with live music, food carts, local brew and even the Unipiper. The zoo's first End of Summer Party, free with regular admission, takes place Saturday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Families can enjoy animal meet-and-greets at 3 and 5 p.m., and watch Asian elephants make a splash at their 3:30 p.m. pool party. Lawn games, craft activities for kids and opportunities to learn about wildlife are available throughout the afternoon.
At 2 and 3:20 p.m., the Junebugs bring their high-energy folk to the stage, and Afrobeat big band Jujuba treats visitors to a funky dance party with sets at 4:40 and 6 p.m. In between, guests can marvel to the A-WOL acrobatic dancers at 3, 4:20 and 5:20 p.m.
And did we mention ... the Unipiper?
Also on hand: food carts from Verde Cocina, CS Fishery, Gourmet on the Go; ice cream treats from Ruby Jewel, Zeds and Ben & Jerry's; plus the ever-popular elephant ears and a selection of local beer and wine for adults.
Festivities begin at 2 p.m., and gates stay open until 7 p.m. Visitors may remain on zoo grounds until 8. For more information, go to oregonzoo.org/events/end-summer-party.
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.