THIS JUST IN: Music returning to the Indianapolis Zoo this weekend

Two family-friendly concert series will return to the Indianapolis Zoo this summer when Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz both kick off during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with concerts on both Saturday and Sunday.

In accordance with the Zoo’s current guidelines for members and other visitors, all tickets must be purchased and reserved in advance. For the safety of all guests, concerts will be standing room only. Guests are allowed to bring their own chairs but are still encouraged to observe social distancing.

The series, included with admission, will offer nine evenings of live music, specialty menus, extended Zoo hours and even more wild fun throughout the month.


The Zoo’s concert season will begin Saturday, July 4, with Animals and All That Jazz, with the smooth sounds of live jazz keeping visitors cool as summer heats up. The 33rd year of the popular series will then continue every Thursday through July 30. One of the Zoo’s longest-running events, this series will showcase a diverse lineup of musicians from across the Midwest, covering jazz genres from classic to contemporary and smooth soul to blues, even blending in the more modern sounds of pop and R&B. The 2020 Animals and All That Jazz series will include:

July 4: Mid Coast Swing Orchestra

July 9: West Central Quintet

July 16: Charlie Ballantine Quintet

July 23: Cowbell Jazz

July 30: Julie Houston with Swing into Rio


During Zoolapalooza, guests will enjoy a range of music styles, from rock classics to today’s pop hits plus R&B and even some bluegrass — all with a toe-tapping energy to get attendees out of their seats for a spin around the dance floor. The 2020 Zoolapalooza series will feature:

July 5: Starcat featuring 3 to 1

July 10: Cruise Control

July 17: Groove Essential

July 24: The Mac Island Band

All performances will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. under the Bicentennial Pavilion. Located near the Zoo’s entrance, this stunning space offers an open-air atmosphere as well as weather protection — a perfect place for attendees to relax for an evening of music, rain or shine.

Enhancing the concert experience, each night will feature a new food menu, in addition to regular Zoo fare. Adults can also enjoy craft cocktails from Hotel Tango and craft beer from a rotating list of Midwest breweries, provided by Zink Distributing. Additional bar options are available to purchase by credit or debit card.

In addition to the music, there will be plenty of nearby animal exhibits open until 7 p.m. so that guests can enjoy the full Zoo experience without missing a beat.

Summer concert events are free for Zoo members and included with regular admission, so visitors can stay late for the concerts after enjoying a full day at the Zoo. Guests can purchase reserved tickets at to plan their night out.  For additional details regarding the Zoo’s guidelines, view the 2020 Reopening Plan.

PHOTO ABOVE: Jazz will return to the Bicentennial Pavilion on Saturday, July 4.