Zoo presents Twilight Tuesdays for summer fun


PHOTO: Twilight Tuesdays feature animals that are active at dusk (like Mei Mei the red panda), fun activities for families, food and beverages from local vendors and live entertainment. Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

 

Sometimes it pays to be fashionably late. The Oregon Zoo is offering evening visitors a little something extra this summer: Twilight Tuesdays feature later hours and fun for all ages at a deep discount.

Presented by The Oregonian, Twilight Tuesdays take place the third Tuesday of the month from June through August (June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20). Each event features animals that are active at dusk, fun activities for families, food and beverages from local vendors, and live entertainment. Zoo admission is just $9 per person after 4 pm (free for zoo members).

The series debut on June 18 offers high-energy dance tunes from Stump City Soul. July’s Twilight Tuesday concert features Yuma de Cuba (salsa) with the Cascadians (lo-fi folk) taking the stage in August.

Eventgoers can get up close and personal with animals and enjoy the zoo during the cooler hours of the evening. Crafts, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife and conservation are available throughout the zoo.

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Also on hand: food carts from local vendors, refreshing drinks and more – plus the ever-popular elephant ears and a selection of local beer and wine for adults.

Festivities begin at 4 pm, and gates stay open until 8 pm. Visitors may remain on zoo grounds until 9:00.

Parking lots tend to fill up quickly for these events, and the zoo encourages visitors to take MAX rather than driving. Visitors who ride MAX light rail or a TriMet bus to the zoo will receive an additional $1.50 off their already discounted Twilight Tuesday admission with proof of ridership.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and northern leopard frogs. Other projects focused on saving animals from extinction include studies on polar bears, orangutans and cheetahs.

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.

The zoo opens at 9:30 am daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit trimet.org for fare and route information.

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