Lions, tigers, bears…..concerts on the lawn? Woodland Park Zoo. You get to hang out at the Zoo with the animals, and then see some really cool bands live in the grass. It’s done festival style, so you can bring your blanket or short beach-style chair and sit in the zoo’s North Park and relax. You can bring food and drinks in plastic or aluminum containers, just no alcohol or glass. They do have a beer garden for the grown-ups and lots of food choices for the whole family. While entrance to the zoo isn’t part of your ticket cost, it’s well worth paying to see the zoo before the show.
The zoo’s big news right now is the baby giraffe who was born on May 2nd. His name is Hasani, which means handsome in Swahili, and was born with an abnormality in his rear legs, which is common in horses and shows up in giraffes from time to time). The talented zoo staff have consulted with other veterinarians all over the states and have come up with special shoes for him so he can walk normally. We’re all excited to see him, though for now he and mama are in the nursery taking time to bond.
While waiting to meet little Hasani, there are lots of other great exhibits to check out. Woodland Park Zoo’s 92 acres are divided into bioclimatic zones, featuring different natural habitats ranging from humid tropical rain forests and coastal deserts to temperate rain forests like those of the Pacific Northwest. If you went to elementary or junior high in Seattle, you went to the zoo in May or June every year. I personally love our zoo, it’s been remodeled several times to make the areas more natural and have gone to great lengths to make both the animals living there and the visitors happy.
Another neat thing about Zoo Tunes is that the proceeds from the concerts go to help fund animal care, conservation projects and educational programs here and abroad through their foundation. Their motto is See Music Save Animals – and it’s perfect.
June 8 – Indigo Girls (Sold out, but you can sign up for returned tickets)
June 23 – Lucinda Williams with Cass McCombs
June 30 – Greensky Bluegrass
July 21 – Cody Johnson and Whitey Morgan with Jacob Bryant
August 4 – John Prine with Amanda Shires (Sold out, but you can sign up for returned tickets)
August 7 – B-52s with OMD and Berlin (Sold out, but you can sign up for returned tickets)
August 11 – Feist with Rhye
August 15 – Taj Mahal + Marc Cohn with the Blind Boys of Alabama
August 25 – The Wood Brothers with Colter Wall
August 28 – Lost 80’s Live! A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, The Vapors, The Motels, Boys Don’t Cry, The Escape Club, Real Life, Farrington and Mann (ALS Interpreted for the Deaf)
Pro Tip: buy a CityPass! With a Seattle CityPASS you can save up to 47% and skip lines at Seattle’s 5 top attractions, including the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden & Glass, and EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo. You can buy it online or at the zoo gates.