Hamadryas baboon family in front of African sunset.


Presented by One Medical

Celebrate summer into the evening with live music, fun shows and activities, animal encounters, and more! 

There’s so much to do, see, and hear—it’s a good thing summer hours are longer! The Zoo is open late until 9 p.m. throughout Nighttime Zoo presented by One Medical.

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


trampoline acrobat

New Friends Rock!

  • 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sydney's Grill (Urban Jungle)

Astonishing trampoline acrobats have all the right moves—and a fun story—to amaze and delight one and all.


Rock & Roar

  • 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.
  • Front Street Stage

Rock out to popular songs spanning decades. Don't be shy—get your groove on, and sing and dance along!

African folk dancer

Villagers of Africa Rocks

  • 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Let this variety of traditional music, dance, and more transport you and highlight why Africa rocks!

Acoustic guitar

Summer Songs

  • 4:30, 5:35, and 6:40 p.m.
  • Boardwalk Beer Garden (Outback)

Lilting voices and acoustic strings combine for the perfect sound of summer.

Brass band

The Chameleons

  • 4:45, 5:30, and 7:30 p.m.

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

Watch for them outside the Zoo on the Front Plaza, as well as at Front Street Café & Cantina—check the map when you arrive.

Dr. Zoolittle holding a large centipede.

Dr. Zoolittle Explores Africa

  • 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Africa Rocks Stage (near Rocks Box dining)

Join the beloved Dr. Zoolittle for a show full of fun for the whole family.

Performers on stage

Call of the Night

  • 8:10 p.m.
  • Hua Mei Cafe Plaza

Rhythmic acrobats, lasers, live music, moving lights, fog, and bubbles combine, creating a lively celebration/experience as the sun sets.

Parade of animal puppets


  • 8:40 p.m.
  • Along Front Street

Watch our stunning procession of spectacular pageantry puppets channeling the "vibe," vitality, and diversity of life on the continent of Africa.


Koala and kangaroo costume characters

Zoo Characters Up Close

  • 4 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Near Koala exhibit (Outback)

Come meet, hug, and get a picture with our fantastic and friendly Zoo Characters.

Giraffe puppet

JAMBO! Puppets Meet & Greet

  • 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy some "face time" with our beautiful pageantry puppets and snap some great pictures.

Look for them near Front Street Café and also in the Africa Rocks Garden.

Kids jumping


  • 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Front Street Stage

Bring the kids by to channel some of that energy and excitement by bustin' some Zoolamoves! Our enthusiastic staff have lots of movement games in store, like freeze dancing, limbo, and more.

Kids hoola hooping


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Outside of Wegeforth Bowl (Discovery Outpost)

Get in the swing of summer fun at our hula-hoop-di-doo! Our experienced emcees have lots of fun and games in store, so grab a hoop and join in.

Animal Experiences

Amur leopard

Meet a Keeper

  • 4 p.m., Cheetah: Urban Jungle
    5:30 p.m., Leopard: Africa Rocks

Discover what it's like to care for cheetahs and leopards as you view the animals and chat with their keepers.

Owl animal presentation

Animal Presentation

  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Africa Rocks Stage (near Rocks Box dining)

Get a special look at—and the scoop on—some fascinating animals.*

*Our animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs.

Tasmanian devil

Enriched Experience

Watch our Tasmanian devil and racoon encounter dynamic feeding experiences designed to challenge them physically and mentally.

6:30 p.m. Tasmanian devil (Outback)

7 p.m. Raccoon (Polar Bear Plunge)


Cocktail with an orange twist.

Happy Happens at Albert's

  • 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Albert's Restaurant (Lost Forest)

Enjoy select specialty cocktails, glasses of featured wines ($10) or beers ($8) and starters from our $9 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.

Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary

The Brainy Bunch

Meet Some Smart Birds
Mother polar bear with cub.

Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

Keeping Tabs in the Wild
Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.


Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts