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Two concert series returning to Indy Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo will offer two family-friendly concert series returning this summer.

Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz kick off during the July 4 holiday weekend with concerts on both Saturday and Sunday. 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.

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 Zoo’s concert season will begin with Animals and All That Jazz, with the smooth sounds of live jazz keeping visitors cool as summer heats up. The July 2 concert has been moved to July 4 to align with the Governor’s “Back on Track” initiative. This popular series will then continue on Thursday nights.

Offering a distinctly different music experience, the 33rd year of Animals and All That Jazz will begin July 4 and 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: MidCoast Swing Orchestra

July 9: West Central Quintet (with Patty Spitler as emcee!)

July 16: Charlie Ballantine Quintet

July 23: Cowbell Jazz

July 30: Julie Houston with Swing into Rio

During Zoolapalooza, guests will hear a range of music styles, from rock classics to today’s pop hits plus R&B and even some bluegrass. 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 5:30-8:30 p.m. under the Bicentennial Pavilion.

Each night will feature a new food menu, in addition to regular Zoo fare. Adults can also enjoy craft 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.

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