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Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

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

September 15 (Adults only, 18+)

6 – 10 p.m.

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

September 15 (’80s vs. ’90s Night)

Member Tickets $17

Nonmember Tickets $20

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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