lion puppet on parage
ROCK INTO THE EVENING AT

NIGHTTIME ZOO

June 11–September 6

Stay after dark and help us celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo.

Come "rock and roar" every day this summer with music and other amazing entertainment experiences. There's so much to do, see, and hear at Nighttime Zoo—it's a good thing summer hours are longer!

For additional information on Nighttime Zoo, see the Seasonal Events section of the Zoo's FAQ page.

SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT

Guitarist

Rock & Roar

  • 4 , 5, 6, and 7 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Front Street Stage, Front Street

As the sun begins to set, Rock & Roar, the Zoo’s in-house rock and pop band, gets the evening started playing hits from yesterday and today—rock out to popular songs spanning decades. 

Brass band

The Chameleons

  • June 15–July 1: 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 4:45, 5:30, and 7:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Outside front plaza and Zoofari Party Area

The Chameleons bring their unique brand of musical entertainment to Nighttime Zoo every evening, playing a variety of tunes from the Beatles to Broadway in their own interactive performances.

 

African folk dancer

Africa Beat

  • June 15–July 1: 4, 5, and 6 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 5, 6, and 7 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

The sounds of Africa come alive with our musicians.

Acoustic guitar

Summer Songs

  • June 15–July 1:4, 5:05, and 6:10 p.m. (50 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 4:45, 5:50, and 6:55 p.m. (50 minutes)
  • Boardwalk Beer Garden, Outback

After a long day of exploring the Zoo, take a relaxing break and listen to the soothing tones of acoustic guitar and vocals.

Dr. Zoolittle holding a large centipede.

Dr. Zoolittle Explores Africa

  • June 15–July 1: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (25 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. (25 minutes)
  • Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

Join Dr. Zoolittle as he shares fun facts and information about the work San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is doing in Africa to help save wildlife like elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. 

Koala and kangaroo costume characters

Zoo Characters

  • 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

See Dr. Harry and his friends as they wave hello and cruise around the Zoo on their colorful mobile cart.

Giraffe puppet

Jambo! Puppet Meet & Greet

  • June 15–July 1: 4 to 7 p.m.
  • July 2–September 6: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Along Front Street

Meet our fanciful Jambo! Animal Puppets!

 

Colorful elephant puppet.

Jambo!

  • June 15–July 1: 7:30 p.m. (22 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 8:40 p.m. (22 minutes)
  • Along Front Street

Get swept away by a stunning procession of spectacular pageantry puppets channeling the "vibe," vitality, and diversity of life on the African continent.

Acrobat on trampoline.

Bounce Back to the Outback

  • June 15–July 1: 3;30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • July 2–September 6: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • Behind Sydney's Grill, Urban Jungle

Join our jumping, bouncing, acrobatic group of animal-themed performers as they show off their amazing trampoline skills.

Perfomer on stage.

Call of the Night

  • July 2–September 6: 8:10 p.m. (12 minutes)
  • Hua Mei Plaza, Asian Passage

Join us for an experience filled with live music, rhythmic acrobats, lasers, moving lights, fog, and bubbles!

Kids jumping

Zoolamoves

  • 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Front Street Stage, Front Street

Bring the kids by to channel some of that energy and excitement by bustin' some Zoolamoves! Our enthusiastic staff has lots of movement games and dances in store.

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