Nighttime Zoo presented by Cymer

Centennial Celebration

This summer, the San Diego Zoo is celebrating its centennial year in a big way, with live music and fun activities during Nighttime Zoo presented by Cymer.

From June 19 through September 5, evenings at the Zoo will be filled with plenty of toe-tapping, body-moving music, special shows, and tons of fun!


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

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

The Chameleons
Various Locations
4:30 p.m. Outside Front Plaza; 5:15 & 6:45 p.m. Centennial Plaza

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.

Rock and Roar
Front Street Stage
4, 4:45, 5:30, 7 p.m. Front Street Stage;
Additional performance: 8 p.m. July 1–August 20 & September 2–5

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.
Additional performance: 8:25 p.m. July 1–August 20 & September 2–5

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!

Zoo Brew Grooves
Zoo Brew
3:30, 4:30, 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 on a hilarious time-travel adventure through history…and you’re along for all the 4-D fun!

Dr. Zoolittle’s Zany Zoo
Koalafornia Boardwalk
4, 5, and 6 p.m.

Dr. Z’s amazing animal puppet “helpers” have their own idea of who’s in charge in this fun and funny new show.

Bouncing Birthday Bash
Sydney's Grill
June 19–30 & August 21–September 1: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 p.m.
July 1–August 20 & September 2– 5: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.

This party really hits the heights—you won’t believe the amazing acrobatic feats these trampoline artists pull off!

The Journey
Front Street Stage
Begins 30 minutes before closing

A moving, musical processional of spectacular pageantry puppets honoring the San Diego Zoo’s extraordinary 100-year history and the journey to end extinction.

Rio 4-D
Discovery Outpost

Zoom through the rain forest with Blu and Jewel in this special 4-D version of the popular animated film.


Guest Artisans
Various Locations
3:30 p.m. to closing

Watch talented artisans as they create beautiful folk crafts.

June 20–September 5 (ZooStore): Gourd carving by Pablo Teodoro Hurtado Laveriano and his wife, Ana, of Peru

June 25–September 4 (Sydney’s Shoppe): Beadwork and stories of the Wixarika/Huichol Indians by Rosendo Carillo de la Rosa

June 28–July 17 (Panda Shop): Alebrijes (wooden animal carvings) by Saul Aragon Ramirez and his wife, Antonia Arreola

Front Street Stage
6:15 p.m.

Grab a hula-hoop and join in the fun and games! Our emcees will help you get in the swing of things.

Asian Leopard Keeper Talk
Panda Canyon
6 p.m.

Discover just how cool these cats are, from the keepers that care for them.

Monkey & Otter Keeper Talk
Lost Forest
7 p.m.

Find out what its like to care for these two intelligent, high-energy species.


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Happy Happens at Albert's Restaurant
Albert's Restaurant
Daily, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy specialty cocktails, glasses of featured wines or beers, and items from our $6 menu. Stay for dinner and make it a special occasion. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Call 619-685-3200 to reserve your table, or visit our web page at

San Diego Zoo 100 Years: Learn More
100 Years of Stories, Photos & Memories. Launch Timeline.