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 a unique evening filled with vibrant local music, artisan vendors, food, drink, and access to your favorite trails and habitats.

This is a 18+ event. No children will be allowed.

Event Information

5 – 8 pm
Access to all animal trails and habitats

5 – 9:30 pm
Treetop Trail
Food & Bar Stations

8 – 10 pm
Live music at Amphitheater and Upper Plaza stage
Each headliner will play two sets, one at 8 pm and another at 9:15 pm
Silent Dance Party in Discovery Bay

Upcoming Dates

Friday, June 14 — Music Theme: Wild Nights Kickoff Block Party

Music Lineup

Dance party hits to fill the amphitheater! PopROCKS features an immersive stage experience full of props, costume changes, and impersonations of some of your favorite top performers from a variety of eras and genres.

High & Mighty
From funk to R&B, to retro pop and current chart-topping singles, High & Mighty is known as The Best Horn Band in the Twin Cities with an incredible horn section and seasoned vocalists.

Friday, June 28 — Music Theme: Minnesota Rockin’ Blues & Roots Music

Music Lineup

Church of Cash

Take in the sounds of a deep low voice that harkens to the style and grace of the Man in Black – Johnny Cash.

Chastity Brown

This soul-recording artist brings her world traveler roots and unique sound to the stage in a big way, giving voice to a multicultural experience.


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Friday, July 12 — Music Theme: Country Music Night at the Zoo

Music Lineup

Caitlyn Smith
This acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, who hails from Minnesota, has shared the stage with some of country music’s biggest names. No wonder she was recognized as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 country artists to know.

World According to Garth
The nation’s #1 tribute to country music legend Garth Brooks features it all - the hits, the gusto, and the love.

Friday, July 26 — Music Theme: A Wild Night of Rock N’ Roll

Music Lineup

Kiss the Tiger
These indie rockers return to the Minnesota Zoo - fronted by the magnetic and disarming Meghan Kreidler, this is a band that doesn’t just play. They combust.

The MallRats
Nothin’ but the 90’s sing-along rock, complete with their signature throwback-style video wall backdrop.

Friday, August 9 — Music Theme: Hip-Hop & Funk at the Zoo

Music Lineup


One of the fastest rising stars in Minnesota's music scene, this positive message hip-hop ambassador returns to the Minnesota Zoo for a night of inspiration, unity, and high energy fun!

Chase & Ovation: A Salute to the Music of Prince

The Minneapolis Sound comes to the Minnesota Zoo. Making the Purple One proud – this full-theatrical show with signature players honors the music and legacy of Prince and the Revolution.

Ticket Information

Tickets are limited and stage seating is first come, first served. Advance, online ticket purchase is needed to attend. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Parking is included with your Wild Nights ticket.

Individual tickets: $30 for Zoo members / $40 for general public
Flex Package: $90 for Zoo members / $110 for general public
Season Pass: $125 for Zoo members / $175 for general public

Want to purchase more than 15 tickets or tickets 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.


What food and beverage options will be available?

Each Wild Nights 2024 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. No outside food or beverage can be brought to Wild Nights events.

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.

Is there a Minnesota Zoo member discount?

Minnesota Zoo members enjoy discounted tickets and Ticket Plans for Wild Nights 2024. 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 2024! 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 two ticket vouchers to redeem for admission to any two 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 Wild Nights dates when the inspiration strikes. Member cost for the Flex Package is $90; Non-member pricing is $110.

What’s the Season Pass?

With the discounted Season Pass, you’ll receive one ticket for each of the five Wild Nights of the 2024 season. With this pass, you’ll save $5 per date when compared to purchasing individual tickets. Member cost for the Season Pass is $125; Non-member pricing is $175.

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 multiple 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 5 – 8 pm, including the Llama Trek walk-through exhibit and camel rides. 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.

Can I bring my own food and beverage?

Outside food and beverage is not permitted at Wild Nights events.

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 2024?

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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