Summer Evenings at the LA Zoo Return – NBC Los Angeles

  • July 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Live music, drinks and bites for purchase, animal education
  • $25 adult, $20 child, $15 for members

Communing with creatures can be like riding a carousel of cuteness, with each new ride offering new adorable animal treats.

But sometimes, if you’re in the right place, and the light is perfect, and there’s music right down there, you can actually ride a carousel that’s full of critters, the kinds of tigers and horses that were made for a merry-go-round.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to one of these ethereal attractions, a carousel that will gently spin on a July evening.

Do this eventsplural, for Zoo Friday Nights will take place over four furry, feathery and fun summer Fridays.

The first Friday of the month, which occurs a few days before July 4, will not feature this after-hours party, but every other Friday, starting July 8.

Educational stations, places to buy libations and meals, live music (with a different band playing every Friday) and the thrill of being at the Griffith Park destination as the animals board the train for Snoozeville are part of the excitement.

As it is, yes, this scenic carousel, which lasts until 8:30 p.m. (so be sure to take your rides on the previous side).

Nighttime outings to the LA Zoo are a longstanding tradition, one that many Southern Californians have relished throughout the year. The softer light, the feeling that many residents are settling in at the end of the day, and the chance to sip a cocktail as you stroll the tree-lined paths are all woven through this wonderful opportunity.

Granted, winter events like Zoo Lights give fans a chance to wander the property when night falls, but you’re bundled up and see the bulb.

Zoo Friday Nights offers a different feel, one about warmer weather, soulful tunes, and the peaceful feeling that Golden Hour can last all evening.