Minnesota Zoo

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  • The Minnesota Zoo is located a mile east of Highway 77 (Cedar) on County Road 38(McAndrews).

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  • Open 363 days a year. Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Adult Night Out

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Join the Minnesota Zoo on our 18+ evening events and experience a kid-free version of the Zoo while exploring indoor and outdoor trails. Grab a cocktail and enjoy a summer evening stroll through the Zoo.

    $10 admission (free for members); food and beverage available for purchase

    ** For events during the summer hours (6-9), please remember that outdoor trails close at 8pm. Discovery Bay and the Tropics Trail will be open until 9pm.

  2. An Evening with Herbie Hancock

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s – with record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters” – that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

    In honor of his work, Hancock was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016. Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.

  3. BoDeans

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and deliver amazing, high energy performances. “I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans’ connection to our music – nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together live. We love to connect with the fans who have supported us for so long and who have brought us so much inspiration.” said Kurt Neumann, the band’s founder and frontman. “We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along.” Chart topping songs like Fadeaway, Only Love, and Dreams won them Rolling Stone’s readers poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and they were part of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A. Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2/Joshua Tree Tour, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, and ACL, among others. They’ve been featured on SNL, Letterman, Today, Imus, CNN, ESPN, and many more. In the nearly 30 years that followed, the band released several albums which embody multiple songs played heavily at radio, in TV shows, and movies, and defined a sound that a generation embraced-songs like Good Things, You Don’t Get Much, Idaho, If It Makes You, Closer to Free, Stay, American, and, All the World, which was recently featured on CMT. BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for nearly 30 years.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has them permanently displayed as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit. The Summer of 2013 marked the return of legendary drummer, Kenny Aronoff, who has played with the band both live and in the studio off and on for decades. Many of the band’s biggest hits feature Kenny on drums. The band has squeezed in studio time around their crazy touring schedule and are prepared to release the aptly titled, ‘I Can’t Stop’ on April 7, 2015 (F&A/MRI/RED)

  4. Butterfly Garden

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    The Butterfly Garden is an outdoor 3,000 square foot immersion butterfly hoop house that is heavily planted with annual and perennial flowers and stocked with farm-raised North American native and migrant tropical butterflies.

    It is free with Zoo admission and is located on the Tropics Trail.

  5. Dave Koz and Larry Graham Side By Side Summer 2017

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    In the 25 years since the release of his self-titled solo debut album, saxophonist Dave Koz has received nine GRAMMY nominations, had nine number one albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, toured the world, and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the course of his career, Koz has also played with such artists as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, and Michael McDonald. A platinum-selling artist, he is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.

    Larry Graham is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer who is best known as both the bass guitar player in the influential psychedelic soul/funk bad, Sly & the Family Stone. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as ‘thumpin’ and pluckin.’ He is also the GRAMMY nominated founder and front man of Graham Central Station. Graham has worked with many legends such as Aretha Franklin and Prince.

  6. Eric Hutchinson

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Singer, songwriter, performer, producer, DJ – Eric Hutchinson is a constantly evolving musician, driven by his passion and curiosity for all things musical and creative. He independently recorded his debut album Sounds Like This in 2007 and it became the highest charting album by an unsigned artist in iTunes history. Eric’s 2008 single “Rock & Roll” earned him his first gold record in the United States and the song became a #1 hit in Australia, New Zealand & Norway. He has traveled all over America and the world performing his music in places like Dubai, Oslo, London & Melbourne.

    Eric has toured and performed with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz and OneRepublic and has appeared on “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Conan”, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Eric is the creator of “Songversations”, a music listening card game that will be released by Abrams Books in Fall 2017.

    Eric lives in New York City and is an advocate for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, Operation Smile and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

  7. Five For Fighting with String Quartet

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Never has the phrase “he shoots, he scores” been more applicable than when mentioning rabid hockey fan and chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik. The Los Angeles native, who goes by Five for Fighting (a five-minute penalty for on-the-ice fist-a-cuffs), burst on the scene some 15 years ago with his Grammy Award-nominated hit “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and has been a mainstay on mainstream radio ever since. While he doesn’t wear tights and fight crime as his breakthrough track “Superman” suggests, his songs could bring any maniacal villain to their knees (and tears) with his poignantly sharp songs that cut deeper than a Ginsu knife.

  8. Gear Daddies

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Gear Daddies from Austin, Minnesota featuring members Randy Broughten (electric and steel guitar), Nick Ciola (bass), Billy Dankert (drums and vocals), and Martin Zellar (guitar and vocals). Their most mainstream success was when they played Late Night with David Letterman in 1991. Ciola and Dankert did not play on the show because many bands simply sat in with Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band when playing the show. Zellar had this to say of the experience: “I was so nervous, and it happened so quick. I couldn’t tell you what the hell happened. I got done, and I was walking back and said to Randy (Broughton), ‘Did I sing all the words? Did I do that?’ When I watched it that night in the hotel room ( the Omni in New York), I had no recollection of having lived it.”

  9. Gregory Alan Isakov & Blind Pilot

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place. His song-craft lends to deep lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius.” Isakov’s most recent album is a collaboration with the Colorado Symphony.

    Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon, United States. They have released three albums and one EP since 2008.

  10. HallZooWeen

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Join the Minnesota Zoo this fall for all of your family's favorite autumn activities including pumpkin picking, face-painting, tram rides, family-friendly Halloween activities and more. Explore the miles of scenic indoor and outdoor trails in the blazing fall colors of Minnesota while encountering 5,300+ animals from around the world and make amazing family memories that will last forever.

    Special trick-or-treat stations and animal chats will be scattered throughout the Zoo.

  11. Indigo Girls

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    The Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced fifteen albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), earned a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. It is rare to find musicians together so long, rarer still with such profound successes. Their music lives in the hearts of generations of dedicated fans and continues to inspire young musicians. This loyalty is not accidental. Perhaps their relevance over three decades can be credited to the mighty collisions of distinct aesthetics forging new paths over time. The Girls’ refinement — not only of style and skill, but of their own creative processes — allows access to ever new and liminal spaces.

    A long creative marriage fosters its own scrappy beauty, though, and theirs grows more nuanced, weatherworn, and lovely in each successive album. Saliers and Ray live separate lives, take on independent projects, but share “the same set of values,” says Saliers. “We both embrace the struggle, share the same energy. We are sisters in our embrace of life. Observers.” That sort of artistic kinship is rare and cosmic. Here, then, are the stars of that labor, the next chapter.

    The Indigo Girls released their sixteenth studio album, One Lost Day, on June 2nd.Vast in its reach, but unified by the traveler’s sense of wonder, gratitude, and empathy, One Lost Day moves like a centrifuge, pulling the listener close to linger in the small moment, then casting out onto sonic currents. This is music of the past, present, and future — a boundlessness earned and not bestowed. One Lost Day has a feeling of music composed across time, not just in time. These songs are rooted in tradition and inventive, too: nourished in dark soils, leafing and luminous.

  12. John Butler Trio

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    With Landon McNamara

    The contradictions in John Butler are evident, and, despite his magnificently successful career (with number one albums in Australia and sell-out tours) his is a troubled soul. One of the most successful recording artists Australia has ever produced and a musician whose reputation has begun to rock the waters of both Europe and America, Butler is nevertheless a man on the edge, poised like a beautiful suicide. Where will he go next? Up or down? Despite the tensions within the man and his music the new album makes his future trajectory abundantly clear.

    An independent role model, founder of Australia’s Jarrah Records, family man and proud skateboard aficionado, JB, in spite of his matey public persona, remains an enigma. He is from everywhere and nowhere, an Australian/American, Everyman/Nowhere Man, and his music mixes rootedness and rootlessness, pain and celebration, in a way that is utterly beguiling. He is the consummate rebel-refugee whose songs chart disenchantment with the corporate world and show a yearning for truth along with an ongoing struggle for a sense of locus. The songs’ off-centre grooves have always been their charm, and yet now there is a sense, in the new album at least, of resolution and peace after years of being against the world and what it offered. Maybe the man on the brink will not jump after all?

    What happens when the relaxed, joyful feel of the Hawaiian Islands is expressed through music? The result is “A Dollar Short and a Minute Late,” the debut full-length album from 20 year-old musician/Ford model/pro big wave surfer, LANDON MCNAMARA, released on Sea Major Seven Inc. LANDON blends his own brand of reggae, rock n’ roll and blues to create a musical combo platter of positive and relatable music.

    Next, LANDON plans to take his music out on the road and unleash it on the masses. “Touring is the best way to get the music out and share it with the world. I want people to really feel the music and I think playing it live across the country is the natural progression.”

  13. Josh Thompson

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    With Chris Hawkey

    If you want to know Josh Thompson, just listen to the lyrics of his music. Thompson showcases his undeniable gift for writing with songs like the anthemic “Way Out Here,” or the unapologetic “Blame It On Waylon,” and on his upcoming projects, the “aw, shucks” admittance of “Same Ol’ Plain Ol’ Me,” the nod to his humble background, “Daddy Had A Beer,” and the breathtakingly poignant “I Like To Believe In That.”

    They’re songs born of a hard-working, blue-collar raising. The son of a Wisconsin concrete worker, destined to follow in the steel-toed boots of a laborer, Josh veered to the left when he picked up a guitar. Like the stone cold country icons that he grew up listening to and admiring, Josh had something to say. “What made me want to play guitar and write songs was what attracted me to country music. People like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Hank Senior, and Lefty Frizzell.”

    Josh made the move to Nashville in January 2005 and by August, he had signed his first publishing deal. One of the first songs he wrote, “Church Pews Or Bar Stools,” became his first Jason Aldean cut. Most recently Josh co-wrote the title track of Tim McGraw’s album Damn Country Music as well as Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol Barstool.”

  14. Kangaroo Crossing at the Minnesota Zoo

    Kangaroo Crossing at the Minnesota Zoo

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    This summer, the Minnesota Zoo brings the land down under up north with a special Australian animal exhibit. Kangaroo Crossing will offer an up-close look at the outback, featuring red kangaroos, wallabies, and emus.

  15. Los Lonely Boys

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    With Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

    The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist and drummer/vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. But the story of how they’ve persevered in the face of subsequent challenges is just as compelling. In 2013, they canceled 43 shows and paused work on their last album, Revelation, after Henry was seriously hurt when he fell from a stage in Los Angeles. A couple of years previously, vocal cord nodules had forced Jojo to stop singing for months. And in 2015, their mother passed away.

    Their strong brotherly bond helped them through those rough spots – just as it did when they made the hard decision to step out from under their father’s musical leadership and form their own band after performing with him since childhood. The desire to follow their musical muse still drives them today, according to Jojo.

    If anything, Jojo says, life’s upheavals have tightened their bond even more. “We stick together,” he adds, “and we’re trying to pass on that feeling of brotherhood, of familia, in all the music we make.”

    Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest. Over the last fifteen years, the Arizona-­-based quartet has delivered vivid lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, and a full-­-bodied rhythm section on more than a dozen studio and live albums. The Independent marks the group’s newest release and seventh studio effort, which raises a metaphorical glass to the road less traveled and champions the courageous. After landing in the top ten of Billboard’s Internet Sales Chart for six consecutive albums—all on independent labels and twice at number one—RCPM is poised to lead the charge for a Spanish-­-infused, roots rock revolution.

    Riding into the music industry on their own terms has been a longstanding philosophy for the band, and in this case created a sense of freedom that allowed Clyne & company to make an unapologetic album that’s pleasingly rough around the edges. Rich with commanding vocals, melodic bass lines, tambourine, and a hint of keys, The Independent embodies the spirit of RCPM.

    “The Independent is a double entendre,” says Clyne. “It represents the solo sojourner, but it also frames the idea of moving forward as a collective group in the name of independence.”

    Traveling off the beaten path works to the advantage of Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. Clyne has successfully spearheaded the production of his own ultra-­- premium sipping tequila called Mexican Moonshine Tequila, orchestrated an out of country music festival, and guided a band whose fan base has grown exponentially over the last decade. Clyne notes that the lyrics off the track “Right Where We Want ‘Em” sums up the sentiment of The Independent. The song speaks of encouragement and unlikely victory, stating, “Out numbered, out flanked, out muscled, out ranked and out gunned.” Clyne sings, “Take another long trip off a short plank, at a dead run. We got ‘em.”

  16. Mary Chapin Carpenter

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    For nearly thirty years strong, on many albums like Come On Come On, Stones in the Road, Between Here and Gone, and Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter has earned the trust of her audience through her willingness to look deep into herself and share joys and sorrows, good times and bad. That honesty, that quiet fearlessness, reaches a startling new level on The Things That We Are Made Of. These eleven songs communicate with the plain-spokenness of handwritten, heartfelt letters from a confiding friend; this is art without the artifice. The result is music that is likely to be as powerfully moving as any you have ever heard.

  17. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Pat Benatar: she’s always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, she remains a bold and distinctive artist both on stage and on record, and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend.

    A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot“, “Love Is a Battlefield“, “We Belong“ and “Invincible“. During the early days of MTV Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists on the popular music channel. Her hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were at the dawn of MTV, when Pat emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.

    Neil “Spyder James” Giraldo, has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel-bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception.

    His impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield (Number One, Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Top Ten hit “I’ve Done Everything For You” included), Kenny Loggins (Top Twenty hit “Don’t Fight It” – also Grammy-nominated), Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others. Also scored/composed music for films “Nailed” “Smile”.

  18. Steve Earle & The Dukes

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    With special guest The Cactus Blossoms and The Mastersons

    Throughout his more than 30-year career, Earle has mined the rich veins of American roots music from country to rock and roll, folk and rockabilly. On his 16th studio album of his singular career, Terraplane, Earle pays tribute to the blues, influenced by the blues giants he saw growing up in Texas – Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Canned Heat and Billy Gibbons. Recorded in Nashville by Ray Kennedy and produced by R.S. Field, the inspired collection is his homage to the music that he calls “the commonest of human experience, perhaps the only thing that we all truly share” and a record he has wanted to make for a long time. Over 11 original tracks, Earle and his longstanding band The Dukes traverse various forms of the blues – from the Texas roadhouse blues of opener “Baby Baby Baby (Baby)” to the acoustic blues of “Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now” and the Chicago blues of “The Usual Time to the pre-war blues of “Baby’s Just As Mean As Me,” a duet with Eleanor Whitmore.

  19. Tiger Tracks 5K and Kids' Run

    13000 Zoo Blvd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (952) 431-9200
    Toll Free: (800) 366-7811

    Lace-up your shoes and make tracks to the Minnesota Zoo for our annual 5K run to save wildlife. The 5K starts at the Shady Oaks Picnic Pavilion and weaves into the Zoo, through Russia’s Grizzly Coast and around the Northern Trail. Bring the whole family for a fun morning run through the Zoo. All runners will receive a Tiger Tracks t-shirt and free admission to the Zoo on race day. Strollers are allowed along the 5K course and kids’ run. The proceeds from the run support the Zoo’s conservation programs.

    5K Pre – Race Day Registration: $30
    5K Race Day Registration: $35
    Kids’ Run Pre – Race Day Registration: $15
    Kids’ Run Race Day Registration: $20

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