Jungle Boogie Concerts at the St. Louis Zoo

Free Live Music for Zoo Visitors

Jungle Boogie Concert Series at the St. Louis Zoo
Photo by Roger Brandt, courtesy St. Louis Zoo

Summer is a great time to see the animals at the St. Louis Zoo. But, if you go on Friday nights, you can also enjoy a little live music at Jungle Boogie. Each year, the Zoo brings in some of the area's most popular musicians for the free concert series.

Jungle Boogie is just one of the many free summer events in St. Louis. For more information, see Free Summer Concerts and Live Music in St. Louis.

When and Where

Jungle Boogie is held each summer on Friday evenings from the end of May to Labor Day weekend.

In 2017, the concerts are May 26 through September 1. The free concerts are held at the Schnuck Family Plaza at the center of the Zoo. The performances are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2017 Schedule of Performers

May 26 - Retro Boogie
June 2 - The Lone Rangers
June 9 - Butchwax and the Hollywoods
June 16 - No Concert Scheduled
June 23 - Push the Limit
June 30 - Ticket to the Beatles
July 7 - Funky Butt Brass Band
July 14 - Three Pedros
July 21 - Duhart
July 28 - Midnight Piano Band
August 4 - The Throwbacks
August 11 - Zydeco Crawdaddies
August 18 - The Mighty Pines
August 25 - Miss Jubilee 
September 1 - Soulard Blues Band

Food and Drinks

Visitors are allowed to bring food and drinks to the concerts. Many also bring blankets or lawn chairs and spread out on the grass near the stage. For those who want to buy food, some of the Zoo's restaurants are also open late on Friday nights, including the Lakeside Cafe and Safari Grill which are right next to the concert area.

Other Things to Do

The rest of the Zoo is also open until 7 p.m., on Friday nights. That means there's plenty of time to enjoy the music for a while, then take a stroll to see Polar Bear Point or Penguin & Puffin Coast. During the summer, it's often much more pleasant to walk around the Zoo in the evenings when the temperature has cooled off.

Many of the animals also seem to be more active right before dinner time. 

Parking Options

You can almost always find free parking near the Zoo, if you don't mind a short walk. There's a good amount of street parking along Government Drive on the north side of the Zoo. There's also street parking on Fine Arts Drive heading toward the Art Museum. If you don't mind paying for parking, the Zoo has a North Lot and a South Lot. The South Lot is bigger, but the North Lot is closer to where the Jungle Boogie concerts are held. Parking in the lots is $15 a car.