Why? Twilight at the Zoo!

One of my favorite summer events that is always just pure fun is Cleveland Zoological Society‘s Twilight at the Zoo. This event turns the Zoo into a huge dance party, as guests move from band to band (19 in all!) listening to great music throughout the night.

One of our favorites: Run Avril Run 

Matthew and I started our evening in the VIP section. Twilight at the Zoo is an event where the upgrade to VIP tickets is really worthwhile.


With VIP tickets, you get preferred parking and small bites from some great restaurants, as well as a more extensive bar selection. Plus, this year’s VIP event was partially held in Stillwater Place, which allowed for a break from the heat too!

We munched on spinach and artichoke dip and cajun pasta from Granite City Food & Brewery, roasted beef and mashed potatoes from Texas de Brazil, seared ahi tuna and coconut pudding from Bonefish Grill, shrimp and beef from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, chicken skewers and mushroom sliders from Aramark, grilled sweet corn from Fresh Fork Market, and pasta with roasted red peppers and sausage from Copper Stone Catering & Events Center.

We also ran into friends Alicia and Hans and found some shade to catch up and chat a bit!


We checked out a lot of great bands over the course of the evening, from The Madison Crawl to SchoolGirl Crush


…to Almost Famous


…to Joe Moorhead Band


…to Billy Likes Soda, who were my favorite performers of the night! Not only did they play a ton of great singalong tunes, including the crowd-pleasing “Sweet Caroline,” but they brought inflatable animals, extra hats and instruments, and more for the audience to play.


Plus, as you can see, the band dressed in animal costumes to fully immerse themselves in the Twilight at the Zoo venue. This fun, enthusiastic approach came through in their music too and made them just a blast!

It was another great year at Twilight at the Zoo! Our feet are still tired from all the dancing! Plus, the event helps to raise money for the Cleveland Zoological Society’s educational programs, so the fun and frivolity are all for a good cause, too.

***Disclosure: I was asked 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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