The mayflies have come and gone and the July 4th holiday is here. In the Hicken house, this means it’s time to start making plans for the rest of summer.
I don’t care what else I do between now and September — Twilight at the Zoo is my big must-do for this summer.
After scheduling conflicts kept us from going in previous years, Scott and I made sure last summer’s Twilight at the Zoo stayed open on our calendar.
And it seemed as if the gods would smile upon us for an evening of outdoor music and summer drinking … until the rains came. And, boy, did they come.
But you know what? Despite getting drenched and only seeing a few of the bands perform, Scott and I had a fantastic time with our friends. Plus we had a reason to buy matching safari hats.
(I tell myself that we needed something to keep the rain out of our eyes, but the real reason is that we love safari hats.)
I also got this awesome photo with WhyCLE’s husband:
The evening was one of the highlights of last summer, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather on August 1, the date of this year’s Twilight at the Zoo.
From 7pm til midnight, stages will be staggered through the Zoo, featuring 18 local bands.
There will be something to satisfy every musical taste – funk to folk, rock to reggae. This year’s bands include:
- Abby Normal and the Detroit Lean
- Almost Famous
- Armstrong Bearcat
- Joe Bell & The Swing Lizards
- Disco Inferno
- Jah Messengers
- The Madison Crawl
- Robbing Mary
- Rock the House Live!
- Run Avril Run
- SchoolGirl Crush
- Shady Drive
- Skin & Bones
- Velvet Shake
- Wanted – The Bon Jovi Tribute Band
General admission tickets, which cost $80 per person or $700 for a block of 10, also include free Sam Adams beer, Twisted Tea, wine and soda and a selection of small bites to eat.
Upgrade to VIP tickets ($150 per ticket/$1200 for block of 10) and get access to the VIP party from 6-9pm. VIP partygoers enjoy priority parking and early entry, an open bar, and catering by AMP150, Carrabba’s, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Mitchell’s Fish Market.
And don’t drink and drive: Arrange for a designated driver or book one of the Zoo’s hotel/ticket packages with the Cleveland Airport Marriott.
One other thing … if you’re planning on getting tickets, get them now. This event usually sells out, and if this year’s Date Night at the Zoovies is any indication (sold out yesterday for an August 22 event), Twilight tickets may be gone sooner than later.
Hope to see you there! I’ll be packing safari hat just in case.