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Roaring Nights

Roaring Nights guests dance to indie music cover band at the LA Zoo

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June 24, July 29, August 26 & September 16
7–11 p.m.
Must be 18+ to attend
$25 per person (GLAZA* members $22)

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*GLAZA Members receive their promo code via email. If you are a Member and haven’t received yours, please call 323-644-4747.

A different kind of wildlife takes over the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights, our popular summer music series featuring live bands, full bars, and L.A.’s favorite food trucks, plus pop-up zoo keeper talks, special animal encounters, and—for the 2016 season only—the chance to experience Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo.

June 24: ’90s Night

The fun kicks off with a “tight” ’90s revival, featuring hits of the era performed live by cover band Saved by the ’90s, multi-genre favorites spun by DJ Johnny Hawkes, and a Hip Hop Lounge with DJ Severe, plus a costume contest, classic video games such as Super Mario and Mortal Combat in an Awesome Game Truck, and Jurassic Park-inspired photo op.

July 29: Country Night

You’ll have a good ol’ time tush pushin’ to hits from Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and many more performed live by local favorite Highway Starr. Find your country groove with line-dancing lessons and test your horseshoe and cornhole skills at the backyard BBQ-style game lawn.

August 26: Indie Night

The high-energy antics of Black Crystal Wolf Kids will have you singing along to the best indie tracks ever—from the likes of Hozier, The Black Keys, Pavement, and The Pixies.

September 16: ’80s Night

Back by popular demand is a most “tubular” night. You’ll have a “radical” time playing vintage video games as well as dancing and singing along to new wave, metal, and old-school hip hop tracks, and more. Fashions of the era are strongly encouraged.


NOTE: Plentiful free parking is available. Valid ID is required for entry. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in ticketing lines. Online ticketing closes at 5 p.m. on the day of the event, but you can still purchase your tickets at the Zoo membership window as early as 6 p.m.

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June 24 – Saved by the 90s

Cowabunga, dudes! 2016 is sooo overrated, but you know what’s ALL THAT? The SAVED BY THE 90s PARTY! Boo Ya! Hailing originally from New York City and now active all over the U.S., this party has tons of live 90s music from a totally fresh band (they’re da bomb). Get ready for everything from Third Eye Blind to the Spice Girls, from The Backstreet Boys to The Beastie Boys. And after that, we’re not leaving you hangin’! As if! Get jiggy with the DJ spinning dope tunes all night. It’s gonna be the raddest thing since…Your Mom!

Roaring Nights 2016 LA Zoo Saved by the 90s band

July 29 – Highway Starr

Southern California’s premiere rockin’ modern country band takes the stage, playing today’s hottest hits with a splash of yesterday’s favorites. Spawn form the outskirts of Los Angeles, the band features lead vocalist Daniel Alan along with Dave Rea on acoustic guitars and vocals. The quick-pickin’ “Uncle Marty” Wagner rips it up on lead guitar, opposite the rolling thunder of Eric Sachs on bass, and rounding out the driving rhythm section is the powerhouse drumming of Rob Jones. Not just another rehashed “saloon band,” Highway Starr has raised the standard by combining the music, attitude and showmanship in their concert style shows throughout the West Coast. Their vast set list includes contemporary hits by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and much more!

Roaring Nights 2016 country music night at the LA Zoo with Highway Starr

August 26 – Black Crystal Wolf Kids

Inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips and the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world’s first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (from Hozier to Phoenix to The Black Keys) as well as indie’s storied past (Pavement; the Pixies; Cracker; etc). They’re also something of an all-star band in their own right: frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Mark Pedante all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Terpsichords and has toured with Charles Neville (among others), and bassist Marc Gasway also can be seen onstage with The Sexies and Candypants.

Roaring Nights 2016 indie music night at the LA Zoo Black Crystal Wolf Kids

September 16 – Tribute to David Bowie & Prince

More info to come

Roaring Nights 2016 tribute to Prince and Bowie at the LA Zoo


Food trucks include Austyn’s, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Bakery Truck, Border Grill, Coolhaus, Lobsta Truck, Mandoline Grill, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Lobos Truck, Rice Balls of Fire, Meat the Greek, Paradise Ice Cream, Peaches Smokehous, The Chairman Truck, and more!

*July 29 date was previously announced as July 22.

NOTE: Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. Outside food and beverages, backpacks, coolers, or oversized purses will not be permitted. During evening events, animals are given access to their night houses for their comfort.  As a result, some animals may not choose to be on exhibit.

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