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Dallas Zoo kicks off summer with Safari Nights concert series
May 11, 2017

Saturday nights will be a jammin’ good time this summer at the Dallas Zoo during the popular annual Safari Nights concert series. Guests can dance among the animals and under the stars every Saturday night through July 15. Some of North Texas’ best original songwriters and tribute bands will deliver the perfect blend of nature and live music to shady Cat Green.

Guests can check out some of the zoo’s wildest stars before the bands start to rock. Pre-concert activities begin at 5 p.m. and include special keeper chats; Wonders of the Wild show, presented by Kimberly-Clark Corp.; Animal Adventures presentation on Cat Green; and some animal exhibits will be open after hours.

Live bands will entertain the crowd at Texas’ largest zoo from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Saturday. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show, or reserve a six-person cabana. Food truck fare will be available for purchase, along with cold craft beer, wine, and soft drinks.

The concert lineup, arranged through a partnership with The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, includes:

Keep in rhythm all evening with the following schedule:

  • 5 p.m.: Conservation Station and Breeze Energy booth activities begin. The last Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari train departs the station.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Enjoy Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo animal encounters, a Galapagos tortoise keeper talk or the day’s final Wild Encounters stage presentation.
  • 6 p.m.: Listen to an elephant keeper talk or watch the Wonders of the Wild show presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Enjoy a predator keeper talk, Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo animal encounters or an Animal Adventures presentation on Cat Green
  • 7 p.m.: The Safari Nights concert begins on Cat Green.
  • 7:30 p.m.: The Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo closes.
  • 8 p.m.: Last admission tickets are sold; Prime Meridian food court, Gorilla Trail, herpetarium, giraffe feeding close. Animals begin shifting inside for the evening.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Zoo’s front gates close
  • 9 p.m.: The concert ends, and T-Rex Express mini-train and Endangered Species Carousel closes.

Safari Nights is free for members, and included with non-members’ paid zoo admission, which is $15 for ages 12-64; $12 for ages 3-11 and seniors; and free for children under 2. Gates open on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and parking is $8 per vehicle (free for members). To avoid traffic, take the DART Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station for curbside service.

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