Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Find Your Groove with Zoo’s Concert Series
Zoolapalooza, Animals and All That Jazz Will Keep You Dancing All Summer Long

by Carla Knapp

July 01, 2012

After hours, the Indianapolis Zoo has a truly magical ambiance with lighter crowds, a private feel to popular exhibits, cooler temperatures and the sounds of live music — and good vibes — throughout the grounds. This summer, enjoy your favorite tunes as the Zoo brings back its two “wildly” popular concert series, Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz.

Now in its second year, Zoolapalooza will bring you five nights of your favorite music performed by great local bands. Every Friday from June 15 through July 13, enjoy delicious food options, great company and plenty of room to dance and let your wild side show. Even the lemurs will join in the fun!

When the summer really starts to heat up in July, take a break with the cool sounds of live jazz. The Zoo’s longest-running concert series, Animals and All That Jazz, features some of the top names in the genre performing Thursday nights from July 12 through August 16. These toe-tapping jazz events have been a summertime tradition for 24 years.

Each of the concerts in the Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz series will take place from 5:30-8:30 pm at Café on the Commons Plaza, in the heart of the beautiful Zoo grounds. Adults can relax in the shaded plaza and enjoy the music in the pleasant outdoor atmosphere while the little ones will love playing at the playground and Kroger Splash Park nearby. The picnic tables are available at the plaza for first-come, first-served seating and lawn chairs are welcome. In the event of rain, the party will move under the Party Pavilion.

imageA full buffet featuring different specialty food options will be offered each evening in addition to regular Zoo fare. Additionally, there will be drinks specials, visits from Zoo mascots, featured rides available until 7pm and extended Zoo hours. And best of all, the concerts are included with regular Zoo admission, so guests can play all day then dance all night!