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The Los Angeles Zoo comes to life in the evenings this summer starting Friday, July 7 with all-ages Zoo Friday Nights Presented by L.A. Care, where guests  can discover what their favorite animals get up to during the cooler twilight hours. Families can roam the entire zoo until 8 p.m., while enjoying music, a Family Dance Party by GEC Entertainment, games, interactive education stations, and more. Full bars (21+), food truck fare, and carousel rides are available for an additional fee. Each evening will feature a different band along with DJ Johnny Hawkes, who will be spinning genre-blending mashups from the past few decades. The first evening will feature nine-member Masanga Marimba Ensemble, who will be playing high-energy, family-oriented traditional and popular music from Africa and Latin America. Other performances in the series include all-female Pulp Vixen; ‘80s cover bands Flashback Heart Attack and Pop Gun Rerun; and Reggae, Soca, and Caribbean band Upstream, among others.

JULY 7

Music: Masanga Marimba Ensemble, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, After’s Ice Cream, Border Grill, Rice Balls of Fire

JULY 14

Music: Pulp Vixen, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Jay’z Tacos

JULY 21

Music: The All the Vibes Band, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Kona Ice, Border Grill, Rice Balls of Fire

JULY 28

Music: Flashback Heart Attack, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, After’s Ice Cream, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Jay’z Tacos

AUGUST 4

Music: Pop Gun Rerun, DJ Johnny Hawkes 

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Kona Ice, Border Grill

AUGUST 11

Music: Upstream, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, After’s Ice Cream, Jay’z Tacos, Rice Balls of Fire

AUGUST 18

Music: Shades of Blue, DJ Johnny Hawkes  

Food Trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse, Kona Ice, Jay’z Tacos

This seven-week series runs until Friday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission $25 per adult (18+); $20 per child (2-17); and $15 for GLAZA members. For more information on this nighttime series and to purchase tickets, visit https://lazoo.org/plan-your-visit/special-experiences/zoo-friday-nights/

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