Conservation Rocks at the Minnesota Zoo!

Wild Nights are back! This summer grab your crew to experience an evening that's sure to show you conservation rocks! Explore and enjoy an evening filled with live local music, artisan vendors, food, drink, and access to your favorite trails and habitats.

Wild Nights is an 18+ festival series, taking place every other Thursday from May 25 - September 14. We can't wait to see you there!

Event Information

• 6 –10 pm
• Live music on three stages
• Access to all animal trails and exhibits until 8 pm
• Virtual trivia & scavenger hunt
• Local food, beverage, and artisan vendors
• Silent dance party
• Free parking

Ticket Information

Tickets are limited and stage seating is first come, first served. Advance, online ticket purchase is needed to attend. Single tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Ticket packages begin at $75 for members and $105 for non-members.

Want to purchase more than 15 tickets or ticket packages? We’re here to help with group sales! Contact [email protected] or call 952.431.9585 for personal assistance in making group ticket purchases.

Pricing subject to change.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, May 25 — Music Theme: Indie Rock

Music Lineup

Yam Haus – 8:15 pm (Amphitheater stage)

Kiss the Tiger – 6:45 pm (Amphitheater stage)

DJ Astrolex – 6:00 – 6:45 pm // 7:45 – 8:15 pm (Amphitheater stage)

Gully Boys  – 8:30 pm (Crossroads stage)

The Swongos – 7 pm (Crossroads stage)

DJ Matty Matt – 6 – 10 pm (Lakeside Terrace)

Thursday, June 8 — Music Theme: Global Beats & World Music

Thursday, June 22 — Music Theme: Indie Soul & Rhythm & Blues

Thursday, July 6 — Music Theme: Americana & Alt Country

Thursday, July 20 — Music Theme: Blues, Soul & Jazz

Thursday, August 3 — Music Theme: Hip Hop & Reggae

Thursday, August 17 — Music Theme: 80s, 90s & New Wave

Thursday, August 31 — Music Theme: Funky Jam & Boogie

Thursday, September 14 — Music Theme: MASH UP

Music Lineup

Kat Perkins

Chris Kroeze

The High 48s

The Roe Family Singers & Friends Jamboree

Steam Machine

Djwilliam El Buenon



Crossroads Stage Series Sponsor:

Lakeside Terrace Stage Series Sponsor:


What food and beverage options will be available?

Each Wild Nights 2023 date will feature a unique array of local food vendors and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Food and beverage are not included in the cost of your ticket and are not allowed in the Llama Trek walk-through exhibit.

Are tickets required in advance?

All tickets must be purchased online and in advance of the event. Please note that Wild Nights are 18+ adults-only events; no children or infants will be admitted.

Can I cancel or change my ticket to another day?

Wild Nights is a rain or shine event with activities available both outdoors and indoors. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

If you’re unsure of your summer schedule—or love making spur-of-the-moment plans—consider a Flex Package. Our Flex Package allows you to attend any three Wild Nights dates. Member cost for the Flex Package is $135; Non-member pricing is $165.

Is there a Minnesota Zoo member discount?

Minnesota Zoo members enjoy discounted tickets and Ticket Plans for Wild Nights 2023. Log into your Member account to see your savings.

Not yet a Minnesota Zoo Member? Join today to get your discounted tickets to Wild Nights 2023! In addition to discounted events and activities, Members also receive free daily admission and contribute to wildlife conservation here at the Zoo and around the world! Check out the many benefits of Minnesota Zoo Membership and sign up on the website.

What’s the Flex Package?

With the Flex Package, you’ll receive three ticket vouchers to redeem for admission to any three Wild Nights of your choice. Decide later which ones you’ll attend, then simply scan your tickets at the gate! If you’re unsure of your summer schedule—or love making spur-of-the-moment plans—the Flex Package allows you to attend any three Wild Nights dates when the inspiration strikes. Member cost for the Flex Package is $135; Non-member pricing is $165.

What’s the Pick 3+ Package?

With the discounted Pick 3+ Package, you’ll select 3 (or more) Wild Nights dates at the time of purchase and save $5 per date. The Package comes with 1 ticket to 3 (or more) nights. You must select at least 3 dates—but you can add all the way up to 9 dates to your Package at the same discounted rate!

If you’re buying more than one Pick 3+ Package in the same transaction, please note the dates you select will be the exact same for each Package. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for alternate nights once you’ve made your selections.

Is this a concert at the Zoo?

Wild Nights features a festival-like atmosphere with the opportunity to explore the entire Zoo campus, visit your favorite animals, take in diverse musical acts at three different stages, enjoy unique food and beverage options, and engage with local artists and vendors at this adults-only event.

What animals can I see?

All animal trails and exhibits at the Zoo will be open and accessible to guests from 6 – 8 pm. The Llama Trek walk-through exhibit and camel rides are available seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend; when open, camel rides, llama walks, and llama feeding are available for additional fees.

Are there separate tickets for each stage?

Your Wild Nights ticket includes general admission access to all activities which operate on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is limited in some locations, so we encourage you to plan your evening accordingly.

What is included in the cost of a ticket?

Your ticket to Wild Nights includes general admission to all live music and entertainment, access to the entire Zoo campus including animal trails and exhibits (open until 8 pm), virtual trivia and themed scavenger hunt, access to food and beverage vendors and local artisans, and free event parking. Food and beverage can be purchased separately. The Llama Trek walk-through exhibit will be open; Camel rides, llama walks, and llama feeding are available for additional fees.

Is Wild Nights weather dependent?

Wild Nights is rain or shine. If there is severe weather and the event needs to be canceled, ticket holders for that evening will be contacted by Zoo Guest Services.

Does the Zoo offer Group ticket sales to Wild Nights 2023?

Yes! If you would like purchase 16 or more single tickets or Ticket Packages for your group, please contact [email protected]

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