Nighttime Zoo Presented by Cymer

Shake, Rattle, & Roar

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the…Zoo! In the late afternoon and summer evening hours, the San Diego Zoo moves to a different beat. From June 21 through September 7, you can “Shake, Rattle, and Roar” with live music and fun activities during Nighttime Zoo.

There will be plenty of toe-tapping, body-moving music in a variety of sounds and styles—rock tunes through the decades; festive mariachi melodies; a brass band; smooth, rocking, a cappella harmonies and more!

An astonishing acrobatic trampoline show will keep things hopping, and Dr. Zoolittle’s Music Factory will be open for zany fun and exploration. Enjoy items from the limited-time “Happy Happens” menu at Albert’s, and don’t miss the brand-new 4-D movie “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts,” the newest 4-D movie experience. During Nighttime Zoo, guests can enjoy an evening bus tour around the Zoo, with the last bus departure at 7 p.m. Guest artisans will be on hand at ZooStore to demonstrate and explain the background of their beautiful folkcrafts. End your evening with a spectacular music, light, and video experience at the newly remodeled Wegeforth Bowl. There’s so much to do, see, and hear at Nighttime Zoo—it’s a good thing summer hours are longer! 


Front Street Mariachis
Front Street Cafe
3:30, 4:30, 5:15, 6, 6:45, & 7:30 p.m.

Our talented trio provides a festive musical flair by blending trumpet, strings and voices. Que fantastico!

The Chameleons
Various Locations
5:15 Outside Front Plaza; 6:15 Front Street Stage; 7 p.m.; at Skyfari East; 8:15 p.m. at Wegeforth Bowl

This brass band changes tunes like its namesake changes colors! From funk to Beach Boys and beyond, their musical stylings (and jokes!) are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Earth Rhythms
Wegeforth Bowl
8:30 p.m.

Experience a mesmerizing combination of sound, video, and special effects that reveals the connection between the “music” of Nature and humans.

The Alley Cats
Sabertooth Grill
hourly from 4 to 7 p.m.

This summer, Sabertooth Grill with be rocking to the sweet sounds of Doo Wop! The Alley Cats are serving up tight harmonies, humor, and pure a cappella energy.

Rock and Roar
Front Street Stage
4, 4:45, 5:30, 7, & 7:45 p.m.
Nighttime Zoo event

Rock out to popular songs spanning decades. Don’t be shy, get your groove on and sing along—you know the words!

Funky Monkeys
Front Street Stage
4:25, 5:10, 5:55 & 7:25 p.m.

These agile and exuberant dancers have some fun and fresh new moves. Their jazzy hip-hop-with-a-twist moves just might work their way into your own dance style!

Tunes in the Treetops
Price Education Center
3:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Bring back memories—make new ones—enjoy “old timey” piano melodies. These are the songs that bridge and bind generations!

Zoo Brew Grooves
Zoo Brew
5:30 & 6:30 p.m.

An acoustic guitar artist serenades guests with fun, familiar songs from pop to rock to classics. Enjoy a cup of coffee or other refreshments as you listen.

Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D
Northern Frontier

Scrat’s back in a new 4-D movie experience! While attempting to bury his precious acorn, the comical critter makes a startling discovery that takes him—and his treasure—on a hilarious time-traveling adventure through history…and prehistory!

Viva Las Kangas!
Sydney's Grill
4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.

On a visit to Las Vegas, the “kangaroos” are flipping (and bouncing) over songs by the biggest names in the music business. And you’ll flip over their amazing acrobatic trampoline feats!


Guest Artisans
Zoo Store
3:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 27 through September 6

Pablo Teodoro Hurtado Laveriano and his wife, Ana, from Huancayo, Peru, will be demonstrating the intricate process of gourd carving from June 27 through September 6. From July 17 through August 10, wood carver Saul Aragon Ramirez and his wife Antonia Arreola, a painter will demonstrate the New Mexican folk art of animal carvings made from the copal tree.

Dr. Zoolittle’s Music Factory
Koalafornia Boardwalk
4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
20 minutes

The San Diego Zoo’s own zany Dr. Zoolittle has orchestrated a collection of fun, kid-friendly instruments for young ones to try out. Color-coded steel drums, a giant “walk-on-it” piano and more, the zany Dr. Zoolittle encourages interactive exploration, and even has an instrument kids can make and take home.

Costume Characters
Koalafornia Boardwalk
3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 p.m.

Join Bamboo Panda, Churchill the Polar Bear, Monty Meerkat and our other big, beloved costume characters for hugs and pictures!


Share, Howl & Roar Instagram Video Contest

Tap into your wild side and flex those pipes for a chance to win FREE passes. Film a video of you and/or your kids howling like a wolf or roaring like a lion and share it on Instagram with #howlandroar

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Nighttime Zoo Instagram Challenge

Bust out those smartphones and share your Nighttime Zoo experience on Instagram with #NighttimeZoo for a chance to win an awesome behind the scenes adventure for two. Photos and videos will be judged on creativity, overall quality, and what captures the spirit of Nighttime Zoo.

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Shake it with us!

Enter to win two FREE 1-Day Passes to the Zoo or Safari Park. All you have to do is enter your info and cross your fingers.

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Happy Happens at Albert's Restaurant
Albert's Restaurant
Daily, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

During our popular happy hour, enjoy specialty cocktails, glasses of featured wines or beers and appetizers from our $6 and $7 menu. Stay for dinner and make it a special occasion. Seating available until 8:30 pm nightly through September 7, so enjoy a leisurely dinner before departing the Zoo. Call 619-685-3200 to reserve your table, or visit our web page at