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Summer Beats at the Zoo and Botanic Garden

Zoo Music and Summer Nights to liven up summer evenings at the ABQ BioPark.

05/17/2017 - Pretty soon, evenings at the ABQ BioPark are going to get a lot groovier.

Zoo Music and Summer Nights concerts start June 8 and 9 and will occur weekly into August.
"This year, we've got some great local and nationally recognized bands coming in, representing a variety of genres," said Maryann Torrez, ABQ BioPark Operation and Events Supervisor. "With nearly 20 concerts to choose from, ranging from reggae to contemporary, Latin and bluegrass, there is something for everyone."
The Zoo Music concert series showcases regional, national and international talent playing a variety of music, including country, Latin rock, Celtic, bluegrass and pop-rock, while Summer Nights highlights local and regional talents with folk and Americana sounds.
Zoo Music will take place Fridays at 7:30 p.m. from June 9 to August 4 at the Zoo. Summer Nights will occur Thursdays at 7 p.m. from June 8 to August 10 at the Botanic Garden. Gates open at 6 p.m. for all concerts. All concerts are lawn seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Ticket Information

Tickets for summer concerts are $10 for the general public and $5 for New Mexico BioPark Society members.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Zoo and Botanic Garden admissions buildings starting May 29.


Zoo music is sponsored by KOB 4, 100.3 The Peak and 94 Rock. Summer Nights is sponsored by KRQE News 13, KBQI Big I 107.9 and KBQI 98.1 The Bull, Albuquerque Marriott, KASY My 50 TV, KWBQ The New Mexico CW and Fox New Mexico.

Full schedule

Zoo Music

June 9: Grace Kelly
June 16: The Elders
June 23: Shinyribs
June 30: Kathy Mattea
July 7: The Wailers
July 14: The Verve Pipe
July 21: Ryan McGarvey
July 28: The SteelDrivers
August 4: Pure Prairie League

Summer Nights

June 8: Luna Llena
June 15: Jeffrey Foucault
June 22: The Brothers Comatose
June 29: Baracutanga
July 6: Lucy Kaplansky
July 13: SHEL
July 20: The Recollective
July 27: Higher Ground
August 3: Wagogo
August 10: Baskery