Summer Fun is in Session at the Detroit Zoo!

By: Kate Chidester | July 1, 2013
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Whether you’re an out of town visitor or a native to southeast Michigan, the Detroit Zoo is one of the best places to spend an afternoon. Both adults and children can appreciate the assortment of wild animals housed in 125 acres of realistic habitats.

Summertime at the Zoo is full of exciting events where you can enjoy even more than the incredible array of animals. From concerts to evenings of romance and wine tastings, there will be no shortage of entertainment.

Wild Summer Nights is back every Wednesday evening from July 3 until August 28. The concert series features a collection of talented artists who take the stage at the zoo’s main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Food, drinks, wine and beer are available for purchase at the concession, but concert goers are invited to pack a picnic and bring a blanket. The concerts are free once you pay for admission to the zoo, which is $6 after 6 p.m. on concert days. The scheduled lineup for the season is as follows:

  • July 3: The Sun Messengers
  • July 10: Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners
  • July 17: The Sugarees
  • July 24: The Ragbirds
  • July 31: The Verve Pipe
  • August 7: Jill Jack
  • August 14: Julianne Ankley
  • August 21: Candy Band
  • August 28: Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers

If you’re looking for a unique date night out with your loved one, Zoomance is an after hours event for couples to share an evening of wildlife and cocktails. This adult-only event takes place twice during the summer, on July 11 and August 22. Tickets are $14 each and can be purchased in advance or at the gate.


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Wild Beasts, Wild Wine, happening July 26, is the ideal event for those who are big fans of both animals and adult beverages. For $35, attendees will have the opportunity to taste 10 different wines from local and national wineries and vineyards while enjoying the zoo habitats at twilight. Additional tasting tickets and food will also be available for purchase at the event.

Since the warmer summer temps can often leave the animals rather lethargic during the daytime, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the after hours events. Not only will you get to see the animals play, you can enjoy great music, food and drinks too! For more information on the events at the Zoo visit