This summer, the zoo introduced a new generation of Wednesday concerts for members at the Plus level or above - Sunset at the Zoo events, a series of four summer evenings providing a festival atmosphere for friends and family, with live music from local artists, regional food, beer and wine, and programming for adults and kids focused on the animals that are particularly active at dusk.
These events feature live bird shows on the stage, storytelling, face-painting, crafts and games for kids, as well as self-guided night hikes, animal talks and a bat house building station. Evening is a great opportunity to get to know some of those animals that may be sleeping during your daytime visits!
The last event of this summer is coming on August 22nd and we have 4 tickets to give one lucky winner!
Here’s the rundown for the event:
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Austin Farrell at Trillium Creek Family Farm
Austin Farrell hit the ground running with his music enthusiasm starting at age seven. Farrell is not limited by any creative bounds as he is constantly pushing boundaries to develop a strong identity for his sound. Audiences are immediately captivated by Farrell’s songwriting and musical talents, and his genuine personality gives another dimension to his performance. Austin’s debut album, A Call to Conversation is a compilation of original songs from the last four years and is inspired by reggae roots and acoustic folk. The album is entirely composed and played by Farrell. illComm Studios, the Portland-based creative suite, is responsible for the production and release of the album.
5:30 p.m. Dragon Theatre “Little bugs, big world” show by the sun bear habitat
Founded in 1994 by Jason Ropp, Dragon Theater Puppets has a strong following and a reputation for being the life of the party. With show themes catering to environmental, fantasy, animals, Sci-Fi, cultural, holiday and historical genres, Dragon Theater offers something for everyone. Their unique shows keep people talking for years to come.
6:00 p.m. Wild Life Live! on the main stage
This summer’s show, Wild About Oregon, is a free-flight bird show that focuses on Pacific Northwest species. Experience birds such as eagles, red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures soaring directly overhead.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Thomas Mapfumo, the Lion of Zimbabwe, on the main stage
Thomas Mapfumo has been a witness to and participant in history in his native Zimbabwe. From the bloody years of the country’s liberation war in the ’70s, right through the present economic and political crises, Mapfumo has used his revolutionary, spiritually charged music to decry injustice and highlight the historical and cultural issues that underlie the news headlines. Mapfumo is a musical visionary and a fearless social critic and certainly one of the greatest African bandleaders of the past century.
Link to photo: http://waltersmusicagency.com/mapfumo/images/artist2.jpg
Trillium Creek Family Farm
Valleys of the Pacific Northwest contain some of the nation’s richest farmland. Get up close to cows, pigs, goats and chickens. The farm is staffed entirely by teen volunteers.
Sunset at the Zoo is held every other Wednesday evening in July and August. Everyone is invited to join in the fun of Sunset at the Zoo. However, as a special thank you to Oregon Zoo members, Sunset events are free for zoo members at the Plus level and above. If you are a member at the Plus level or higher, show your membership card at the gate to receive complimentary tickets for yourself and all named members on the membership account. Non-members, or members at the basic level, receive entry with regular gate admission fees.
We are excited to be giving away a family four pack of tickets to this fun concert event! Enter below.