SOLD OUT: Zoo open late during summer 'Zoo Nights'

May 24, 2022 - 9:24am

A guest holds a Rogue beer in foreground, a Wildlife Live staff person holds a milky eagle owl in the background

Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening outdoors with good food and live entertainment. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, the Oregon Zoo will be offering 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.

Tickets are $19-24 per person and are available now!


“Portland is known for its perfect summer evenings, and once they’re here, I look for every opportunity to get outside and have a good time with the kids,” said Heidi Rahn, zoo director. “Zoo Nights is a chance to enjoy a fun evening together and learn about wildlife.”

Zoo Nights takes place every other Friday from mid-June through mid-August, with live music on the lawn at 6:30 p.m. and activities taking place from 5:30 on. Enjoy the Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band (July 29) and an Afrobeat dance party with Jujuba (Aug. 12). 

Also on hand: food and snacks from Verde Cocina, Six Stix, Zeds and more —  plus the ever-popular elephant ears and a selection of local beer and wine for adults.

Zoo Nights is a special event and is not included with regular daytime admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. For more information, visit

Download the Zoo Nights map and schedule.

map of zoo nights

Food and drink options for August 12

Aviary Cafe

Cheeseburgers, chicken strips, Zenner's hot dogs, fresh salads, wraps and shoestring fries. While at the zoo, you can order drinks and food online for express pick-up at Aviary Cafe.


Hot pizza and ice cold beer.

Elephant Ears

Served hot and fresh, dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

Beer & Wine

Three locations near the concert lawn, inclulding tasting stations for Rogue Ales and Spirits, Portland Cider Co. and Wildroots Spirits. Beer is also available for purchase at Growlers and Aviary Cafe.

Verde Cocina

Located in Elephant Plaza

Pidgin Hole

Located in Elephant Plaza

Gourmet On The Go

Located in Elephant Plaza

Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Favorites

Located near Primate Forest

Zed's Real Fruit Ice Cream

Located near carousel

Island Daydream Shaved Ice

Located in Central Plaza near Polar Bears

Bandit Kettle Corn

Located near concert lawn

Six Stix - Caramel Apples

Located in front of Aviary Cafe