lion puppet
Rock into the Evening at

Nighttime Zoo

June 3–September 5

Things get even wilder at the Zoo after dark! Join us, beat the heat, and celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo
at the San Diego Zoo.

Come "rock and roar" this season with live music and other amazing entertainment experiences. Extend your adventure—stay with us for all of the fun and excitement that awaits!

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

Special Entertainment


Rock & Roar

  • Daily
  • 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. 

Kids jumping


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

Join our high-energy hosts as they get kids of all ages up and groovin’! The interactive dances and contests are enjoyable for all ages, and sure to get your toes tapping and blood pumping. 

 Brass band

The Chameleons

  • June 8–September 5: 4:45, 5:30, and 7:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Outside front plaza and Sweet Shack

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. Watch for our roving brass band and join in the fun. 

flamingo puppet

Whimsical Wildlife Performers

  • June 8–September 5: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (continuous)
  • Along Front Street; and in Africa Rocks Garden

Meet, greet, and get a photo with our wildlife-themed performers.

percussion performers

Africa Beat

  • June 8–September 5: 5, 6, and 7 p.m. (45 minutes)
  • Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

The rhythms of Africa come alive as this talented troupe of musicians and dancers showcase the tribal rhythms of their homeland in this musical journey.


Amazing African Acrobats

  • June 8–September 5: 4:45 5:45, and 6:45 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

Demonstrating an incredible mix of high-class skills, energy and fun, these athletes are sure to impress with their jaw-dropping acrobatics.

dr zoolittle

Dr. Zoolittle's Exploration Station

  • June 8–September 5: 5, 6, and 7 p.m. (25 minutes)
  • Rady Ambassador Presentation Area, Wildlife Explorers Basecamp

Join Dr. Zoolittle for this fun, interactive, and informative presentation on the exploration of nature and parallel play with wildlife.

Acoustic guitar

Summer Songs

  • June 8–September 5: 4:45, 5:35, 6:25, and 7:15 p.m. (40 minutes; last set 30 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 harry & friends

Dr. Harry & Friends

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • June 8–September 5: 4, 4:30,5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. (25 minutes)
  • Wildlife Explorers Basecamp

Dr. Harry Lion and his friends will meet, greet, and take photos with guests of all ages—bringing their unique brand of fun to everyone they see.

Acrobat on trampoline.

Bounce Back to the Outback

  • June 8–September 5: 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.

singing group

The Explorers

  • June 8–September 5: 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Wildlife Explorers Basecamp

Enjoy the a cappella, four-part harmony of this talented group of singers as they perform wildlife-themed tunes and songs about the world we share.

Perfomer on stage.

Call of the Night

  • June 10–September 5: 8:15 p.m. (12 minutes)
  • Hua Mei Plaza, Asian Passage

Our live musicians keep the music flowing as the stage features three spectacular specialty acts, culminating with a bubble-filled finale.

Elephant puppet

Jambo Dunia!

  • June 8–September 5: 8:45 p.m. (15 minutes)
  • Along Front Street

Live music, fanciful puppets, dancers, and acrobats make up this high-energy and interactive celebration of the people, wildlife, and beauty of Africa.

Chubby Unicorn ShopZoo collection
Shop the Collection

Save the Chubby Unicorns

Gorilla Shadow collection T-shirt and tank top
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Gorilla Shadow Collection

Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts


Groom and bride embracing as a giraffe looks on in the distance.
Wild Weddings

Picture Your Special Day at the Park!

Go Wild for Miles and Miles

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