Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening outdoors with great food and live entertainment. Over 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 the twilight hours.
“Portland is known for its perfect summer evenings, and once they’re there, I look for every opportunity to get out and have a good time with the kids,” said zoo director Heidi Rahn. “Zoo Nights is an opportunity to spend a fun evening together and learn about wildlife.”
Zoo Nights takes place every other Friday from mid-June to mid-August, with live music on the lawn at 6 p.m. and activities starting at 5:30 p.m. The series debuts June 17 with entertainment from Garcia’s birthdaya band from Portland celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
Other upcoming dates include Salsa Styles from Melao of Cuba (July 1), zydeco by the Cajun band too loose (July 15), country-bluegrass from the Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country group (July 29) and an Afrobeat dance party with Jujuba (August 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 adult beers and wines.
Zoo Nights is a special event and is not included in regular daytime admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. For more information, visit oregonzoo.org/events.
Source: Oregon Zoo
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