The events calendar at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay is full with exciting events for the summer. From special offers to fundraisers and everything in between, there’s fun for the entire family this summer at the Columbus Zoo! The list of upcoming events is as follows:
• Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights, presented by Swedish Fish, Aug. 3, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
It’s a whole new park after dark! Join us as we light up the night and enjoy an extended stay at the Bay until 11 p.m. Throughout the evening, Otter Banks will offer entertainment including animal visitors, music, character ambassadors and more. Select slides and attractions will be open late for guests to enjoy some extra splash time. As the sun goes down, the Wild Tides Wave Pool transforms into an amazing aqua-theater for guests to enjoy some of their favorite family-friendly films from an inner tube in the wave pool (while supplies last) or on shore in a chaise lounge chair. On Aug. 3, we will show “The LEGO Batman Movie.” Regular admission rates apply, but guests who visit Zoombezi Bay after 5 p.m. on the night of the event and use the code phrase, “Swedish Fish Tropical,” at the ticket booth will receive discounted admission for $15 per person. After 8 p.m., guests using the code phrase will receive $10 admission per person.
• JazZoo Concert Series, presented by Cardinal Health and Drive Germain, Aug. 3 and 10, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group have teamed up once again to heat up your summer with some cool Jazz during the JazZoo Concert Series presented by Drive Germain. Experience the many talents of Artistic Director Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra through this series presented by Drive Germain and supported by HBK CPAs and Consultants. Relax and enjoy the evening lounging, listening to music and dining at various food trucks at the Zoo’s Water’s Edge Pavilion.
On Aug. 3, we present “Sinatra and Friends” featuring guest vocalists Phil Clark and Helen Welch. The Aug. 10 concert is entitled, “Classic Soul & Pop Hits” and will feature vocal powerhouse and former “Sounds of Blackness” lead singer, Quan Howell, and Columbus’ favorite piano man, Dave Powers, performing the songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Al Green and more!
• HOOFit Walk, presented by OhioHealth, Aug. 16, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Come walk and talk with an OhioHealth physician and a Zoo animal expert to learn how you can stay healthy and fit—and how Columbus Zoo animals do, too! This month’s walk is called “Quitting the Rat Race: Tips and Tricks for Beating Stress.”
• The Columbus Zoo Concert Series featuring Luke Pell, presented by 92.3 WCOL, Aug. 17, 6 – 11 p.m.
Luke Pell first captured America’s heart after starring on Season 12 of ABC’s hit show, “The Bachelorette.” Since leaving the show, Luke has launched a career as a country singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN and his debut single, “Pretty Close” was a breakout hit. In honor of this heartthrob’s appearance at the Zoo, this concert’s theme is Ladies Night. The first 500 ladies through the Zoo’s Water’s Edge gates will receive a rose, courtesy of Connells Maple Lee, and a wine sample courtesy of Sketchbook Winery. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the opening act, McGuffey Lane, starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by Luke Pell in concert at 8 p.m.
• Craft Brew at the Zoo featuring Uncle Kracker, presented by Columbus Brewing Company, Aug. 24, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tap into your wild side during this 21 and over brew celebration featuring beer, food and live entertainment. This year’s special musical guest is Uncle Kracker! Uncle Kracker’s major label debut, Double Wide (2000), fittingly went double-platinum and yielded the number one smash hit “Follow Me.” Since then, he has released a number of chart-topping songs, including “In A Little While,” “Drift Away” and “When the Sun Goes Down.” Uncle Kracker welcomes Pretty Filth as the opening act. Craft Brew at the Zoo is the grand finale of the 2018 Columbus Zoo Summer Concert Series presented by 92.3 WCOL.
General admission tickets are available for $30 for non-Zoo members and $25 for Zoo members. Each general admission ticket includes two drink tickets (each good for one 12 oz. beer), access to beer trailers, complimentary soda and water, access to food trucks and admission to the Zoo beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the show. Raffle tickets for a brand-new Harley-Davidson are available for purchase for $20 per ticket or $100 for six. The drawing will be held at the event.