The zoo is introducing a new generation of Wednesday concerts for members at the Plus level or above. Wednesday concerts are being expanded into 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.
Each night will 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. Get to know some of those animals that may be sleeping during your daytime visits!
Here is the rundown for the July 25th Sunset at the Zoo concert:
5 to 6:30 p.m. Los Rumberos del Caribe in Pacific Shores Plaza
Since they started playing together, Dina y Los Rumberos have had a number of successes here in the United States as well as in their native countries. With a vast repertoire including salsas, guarachas, boleros, merengue and cumbias, and more, Dina y Los Rumberos has something for fans of every type of Latin American music. The band is made up of graduates of the Havana Conservatory and plays for audiences in Cuba, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. But no matter where you hear them, it’s impossible to listen to Dina y Los Rumberos without feeling the urge to dance to their unique Latin American rhythms.
5:30 p.m. Dragon Theatre frog stories 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 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 p.m. to 8 pm Mayor of Hooperville in Tiger Plaza
LED-lit hula hoops and interactive show
6:30 to 8 p.m. Portland Cello Project on the main stage
Since the group’s inception in late 2007, Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.
No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 900 pieces of music you wouldn’t normally hear coming out of a cello. Cello Project’s stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos), to the all-out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).
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.