San Diego Nighttime Zoo: 2024 In-Depth Guide

Your night in America’s Finest City is set to be wild with Nighttime Zoo! Gather your fellow party animals and embark on a fun nocturnal adventure filled with live entertainment and music at San Diego Zoo.

The fun continues after dark at San Diego Zoo this summer season. See your favorite animals during the twilight hours, gain unique insights into the life of these creatures, and meet the dedicated caretakers who keep the Zoo’s permanent residents happy and healthy.

Follow along as we uncover all the wild happenings at Nighttime Zoo.

Nighttime Zoo Date and Location

Planning on exploring the zoo at night? Mark your calendar for the San Diego Nighttime Zoo in 2024. This yearly event will kick off on May 25 and run through September 2, offering endless entertainment throughout the heart of the summer.

San Diego Zoo is open from 9 AM to 9 PM all summer, and the San Diego Zoo night hours for activities and entertainment start at 4 PM daily.

All these vibrant activities will unfold within the illustrious Night Time Zoo San Diego precincts, conveniently located at 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.

Nighttime Zoo Parking

Visiting the vibrant Night Zoo San Diego is a delightful prospect, but figuring out where to park can often be challenging. The good news is the Zoo, nestled in the heart of Balboa Park, offers ample free parking spaces to all its visitors.

Nighttime Zoo Tickets

Planning an unforgettable night under the stars with animals? The San Diego Zoo at night event is included with your daily admission.

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You can conveniently purchase tickets from Tripster, choosing from various packages that suit your family’s budget and desires.

Group of people dressed in halloween costumes at Halgloween in San Diego, California, USA

Nighttime Zoo Special Entertainment

Rock & Roar

Where: Front Street Stage, Front Street

When: Daily at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 PM.

When the sun goes down, Rock and Roar, San Diego Night Zoo’s in-house band, keeps the fun going by playing classics. Come and sing along to new and old hits!


Where: Front Street State, Front Street

When: Daily at 5, 6, & 7 PM.

San Diego Zoo’s talented hosts will get your little ones up and groovin’.

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Grab your dancing shoes and get your body moving with your kiddos, as the interactive dances and contests are for all ages.

The Chameleons

Where: Outside Front Plaza and Sweet Shack

When: Daily at 5, 6, & 7 PM.

The Chameleons will surely get your toes tapping when they play a selection of songs from the Beatles to Broadway. Catch their interactive performances that last about 30 minutes at San Diego Nighttime Zoo.

Whimsical Wildlife Performers

Where: Along Front Street

When: Daily from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Meet and snap groupies with wildlife-themed performers at the San Diego Zoo Nights.

Jumbo Dunia

Where: Along Front Street

When: 8:30 PM

Feel the pulsing rhythms of the interactive celebration of African savannas as live musicals, wildlife puppets, and world-class dancers and acrobats highlight the tribal sounds of their homeland in this show.

Dr. Zoolittle’s Exploration Station

Where: Wildlife Explorers Basecamp Stage

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM.

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Dr Zoolittle invites you to join this interactive and educational presentation on the discovery of nature and wildlife.

The Explorers

Where: Wildlife Explorers Basecamp Stage

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

Take a break from roaming around the Zoo. Chill out by listening to this talented group’s acapella and four-part harmony singing wildlife-themed songs.

Summer Songs

Where: Boardwalk Beer Garden, Australian Outback

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:15 PM.

Take a break from roaming around the Nighttime Zoo San Diego. Chill out by listening to the relaxing tones of the guitar and soft vocals.

Close up view of the Lion Statue in front of the entrance to the San Diego Zoo at night in San Diego, California, USA
photo credit: San Diego Zoo via Facebook

Bounce-a-Roo Bonanza

Where: Behind Sydney’s Grill, Urban Jungle

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

Bounce and groove along the acrobatic group of animal-themed performers to elevate your experience. Witness a high-energy trampoline show while enjoying the Zoo Nights San Diego.

Amazing Acrobats of Tanzania

Where: Africa Rocks Stage, Africa Rocks

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 4:45 PM, 5:45 PM, and 6:45 PM

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Showcasing an impressive mix of skills, energy, and charisma, these acrobats are sure to amaze with their incredible feats. Get ready for some jaw-dropping moves during the San Diego Night Time Zoo event.

Dr. Harry & Friends

Where: Upper Gardens, Africa Rocks & Australian Outback

When: May 25, 2024, through September 2, 2024, at 5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM, and 6:30 PM.

Dr. Harry Lion and his crew are ready to meet and greet you. Be sure to see and take silly pictures with them during this family-friendly event.

Nearby Hotels and Lodging

San Diego is sprawling with lodging options that fit your needs and budget. Book any of these hotels with Tripster for the ultimate comfort and savings.

San Diego Zoo Vacation Packages

Why stop at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance when you can squeeze in more adventures to your vacation?

Make the most of America’s Finest City by bundling your tickets with these other attractions:

Experience Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo

Journey into the wild and indulge in a night of unique animal encounters, live music, energetic music, and more entertainment during the San Diego Zoo Nighttime summer hours.

This summer, the San Diego Zoo will be open until 8 PM, allowing guests to bond with their favorite animals, enjoy the seasonal shows, plus devour many snacks and drinks.

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So, gather your fellow night owls and make your summer adventure wilder than ever at San Diego Zoo after dark. While at it, you can bundle your tickets with a vacation package.


Start Date:

May 25, 2024

End Date:

September 2, 2024



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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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