Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

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Friday night brought one of my favorite summer events: Twilight at the Zoo, put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society.

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Where else can you hear 18 different bands, spanning genres from rock to swing to country to blues, plus get to see elephants, lions, birds, and other zoo critters at the same time?!

We started our evening in the VIP area. Twilight is an event where purchasing VIP tickets is definitely worth the extra investment. You get into the zoo an hour earlier than everyone else, plus you have closer parking and more extensive food and drink options.

We enjoyed ceviche, oysters, and carrot cake from Mitchell’s Fish Market, grilled filet and au gratin potatoes from Fleming’s Steakhouse, pasta and chicken marsala from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and arugula, peach, and goat cheese salad and short rib sliders from AMP 150.

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We met up with Amanda and Scott and enjoyed our small bites and Sam Adams beers. While it seemed a bit early for Octoberfest beer, I really enjoyed that one (and with as early as the summer beers come out, I guess it’s inevitable to drink Octoberfest in August).

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While it did start to rain a bit early in the evening, all the bands were under tents this year and were able to keep playing despite the weather. Our favorites from the night were Wanted: The Bon Jovi Tribute Band, Joe Bell & the Swing Lizards, Craic Punks, and Shady Drive.

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We also peeked through the glass at the new Circle of Wildlife carousel, which is beautifully crafted and a very nice addition to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Good friends, good music, good food, and a good cause made for another great Twilight at the Zoo! This is a don’t-miss event, so mark your calendars for next August!

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***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Twilight at the Zoo. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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