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A different kind of wildlife takes over the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights, our popular summer music series featuring live bands, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, lawn games and more.

New this year: Explore more of the zoo with an expanded route open from 6 to 8 p.m.

Full bars are available for guests 21 and older. For all guests, themed attire is strongly encouraged.

NOTE: Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. Outside food and beverages, backpacks, coolers, and oversized purses will not be permitted.

During evening events, animals are given access to their night quarters for their comfort. Therefore, most animals will not be on exhibit.

Event Snapshot

Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

June 23 (All ages), July 21 (Adults only, 18+), September 15 (Adults only, 18+)

6 – 10 p.m.

Expanded Zoo route open from 6 – 8 p.m.

All Ages Night
June 23 (’60s Summer Safari)

Member Tickets
$17 (Adults) / $13 (Child 2-17)

Nonmember Tickets
$20 (Adults) / $15 (Child 2-17)

Children under 2 are free

Adults Only Nights
July 21 (Country Night)
September 15 (’80s vs. ’90s Night)

Member Tickets $17

Nonmember Tickets $20

June 23: ‘60s Summer Safari (All ages)

We’re kicking off the summer with a super-groovy all-ages evening adventure in honor of the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary ZooLAbration! Featuring special meet-and-greets with the Minions from Despicable Me 3.

Music Lineup

  • The Detroit Nights, serving up Motown and ‘60s pop classics with style
  • Woodie and the Longboards, delivering far-out surf sounds… Can you say cowabunga?
  • D.J. Johnny Hawkes, spinning fun, energetic sets that will have you doing the Twist and the Mashed Potato

Food Trucks

Baby’s Burgers, Pico House, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, Border Grill, Austyn’s Burger, The Paradise Truck, The Pudding Truck, Joe’s Pizza Truck

July 21: Country Night (Adults only, 18+)

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss your chance to boot-scoot through the Zoo on a beautiful summer evening. Don’t know how to scoot? Don’t worry! Dance demos are available.

Music Lineup

  • Country Thunder featuring Trey Hirsh, kicking out tush-pushin’ hits from the likes of Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and many more
  • Gold Rush Country, delivering your favorite country tunes with driving rhythm and seamless harmonies

Food Trucks

Baby’s Badass Burgers, Pico House, Peaches Smokehouse, The Greasy Wiener, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Ragin Cajun, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, The Pudding Truck, Joe’s Pizza Truck

September 15: Battle of the Decades – '80s vs. '90s (Adults only, 18+)

Your two favorite decades go head-to-head for one very special evening. How radical is that? Or is it all that and a bag of chips? You decide!

Music Lineup

  • Legendary DJ Richard Blade, spinning the best of the 80s and maybe – just maybe – posing for pictures with a few lucky fans
  • Boombox Heroes, taking you back to the ‘90s with hits from the likes of the Back Street Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Weezer, and Alanis Morissette.

Food Trucks

Baby’s Badass Burgers, Pico House, Peaches Smokehouse, The Greasy Wiener, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Ragin Cajun, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, The Pudding Truck, Joe’s Pizza Truck

Roaring Nights, like all our nighttime events, supports the L.A. Zoo and its global conservation efforts. With our 50th Anniversary ZooLAbration, we want to thank visitors like you for joining us on this great half-century adventure and for helping us save animals from extinction. Together, we can continue to make a difference for wildlife and inspire new generations, for the next 50 years and beyond. Learn more at

Valid I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Free parking is available. Secure your ticket and avoid waiting in line by purchasing now.

Online ticketing closes at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Membership windows of the Zoo as early as 6 p.m. that day.

GLAZA Members can save on admission by using their promo code, which is distributed via email. If you are a Member and haven’t received yours, please call 323-644-4747.

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