Zoo Music Summer Concerts

© Aileen O'Catherine

Every summer, the city of Albuquerque puts together great entertainment that takes advantage of our spectacular weather. The city's Zoo Music concerts are one of its most popular programs, bringing together families on Friday evenings for great entertainment in the serene park at the zoo.

Zoo Music dates for 2016 are June 10 through August 5.

Throughout the summer, the city has four different concerts at points around town, the Summerfest series of free concerts. At the Botanic Gardens, the Summer Nights concerts on Thursday evenings provide a low cost way for the whole family to enjoy live musical entertainment. 

On Friday nights, the Zoo Music concerts feature talent in a variety of genres, so it's easy to find a night you can get out and enjoy the live sounds. Is there anything better than live music outside on a summer night? The Zoo Music concerts, like the Summer Nights concerts, are paid venues, but they're so reasonably priced it isn't unusual for families to go to several of each every summer.

The concert music includes Latin, pop, rock, blues, and often a Celtic flavor. Some acts return year after year. Concerts are all ages affairs, with kids enjoying visits to the animals before the music starts.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m., which gives you time to visit the zoo animals before the music begins. 

2016 Concert Schedule:

  • June 10--Mountain Heart: Acoustic
  • June 17--The Young Dubliners: Celtic rock
  • June 24--Ryan McGarvey: Blues
  • July 1--Paul Taylor: Jazz
  • July 8--Fortunate Youth: Reggae
  • July 15--Carrie Rodriguez: Ameri-Chicana music
  • July 22--Tito Puente Jr.: Latin and jazz
  • July 29--Earl Klugh: Guitar instrumentalist
  • August 5--The Infamous Stringdusters: Bluegrass

What to Expect

  • You can bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and have dinner in the park. If you don't have time to cook, food and beverages are available for purchase. The Cottonwood Cafe provides food and drink.
  • One of the most difficult aspects of a Zoo Music concert is the parking. Gates open at 6 p.m., and getting there earlier may not guarantee a spot in the lot. However, there is parking allowed along the nearby streets. The sooner you arrive, the closer you'll be to the gate.
  • BioPark members get a deep discount on concert tickets. If you have a family and visit the zoo more than once a year, a membership may pay off. BioPark members get half off the purchase price of concert tickets.
  • If you have young ones and a wagon, they can be a godsend. You can carry your chairs, blankets and food items in with the wagon, and tote around your toddler while visiting the animals. If you don't have a wagon or can't bring one, there are rentals available just past the gate.
  • Bring quarters for the feeding machines if you have children. The machines dole out seed and grain for the fish, swan and ducks at the pond.
  • Bring lawn chairs, blankets and other creature comforts. If you plan to picnic, don't hesitate to bring a cooler. Just remember there is no alcohol allowed in, as well as no glass containers.
  • Sharp knives are not allowed. If you plan to bring cheese or meat that needs cutting, do so at home before you arrive.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen and a hat.
  • Bring your camera!

Get Your Tickets

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 65+, $3 for children ages 3-12. Children two and younger are admitted at no charge. BioPark member tickets are half price.

Tickets can be purchased at any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. They can also be purchased at the door on concert nights, beginning at 6 p.m.

It's also easy to purchase tickets online. They will be delivered via email. There is no online surcharge for purchasing tickets this way.