Win Tickets ($48): Zoo Nights Featuring Jackstraw @ Oregon Zoo | Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Food, Drinks, All Ages Activities

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Zoo Nights @ Oregon Zoo on June 30. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 26.


From our sponsors:
Zoo Nights
Fridays, June 23-August 18, 2023
Activities Start 5:30PM, Show 6:30PM
Adult (12 and up): $24
Child (2-11): $19
Infant (0-1): $0

Nothing says summer in Portland like a warm evening outdoors with good food and live entertainment. Over the course of 10 Fridays from June to August, the Oregon Zoo invites you to Oregon Zoo Nights: evenings filled with local music, food carts, activities for all ages, and the chance to get to know some of the animals active during twilight hours.

Live music will begin on the lawn at 6:30 p.m. and activities from 5:30 p.m. on. Food and snacks from local food trucks will be available, plus the ever-popular elephant ears, and a selection of local beer and wine for adults.

June 30 – Jackstraw
Jackstraw was born when rhythm guitarist Darrin Craig and lead player Jon Neufeld, met mandolin picker David Pugh and bassist Jesse Withers in 1997 at Artichoke Music – a Portland guitar store and acoustic music institution. Not long after their formation, Jackstraw recorded their first album and hit the road. Five albums later, Jackstraw is now a Northwest institution. While they typically play bluegrass, Jackstraw also has a deep collection of well-crafted originals and performs honky-tonk and rock ‘n roll as well.

View the full lineup of dates and artists here.

Oregon Zoo Nights is a special event and is not included in regular daytime admission. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.




  1. Christine Halvorson on June 20, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    Music heals, creates peace, and memories for a lifetime. I’d like to keep live music in the lives of my children whenever possible. Plus zoo concerts are so fun!

    • Rochelle R. on June 24, 2023 at 12:17 am

      Sounds like fun and I’d love to go because it’s my Birthday and what a great way to celebrate!!!

  2. Laine on June 21, 2023 at 11:16 am

    This sounds like so much fun!

  3. AJ on June 21, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I would love to go.

  4. Jennifer on June 21, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    As parents of 3 special needs kiddos age 11, 4 and 3. We rarely get a break let alone time to spend with each other. This looks like so much fun in the sun and we would be humbled if we won. Even if we took the kids, it would be amazing.
    Good luck to everyone

  5. Hannah Warren on June 22, 2023 at 11:11 am

    I would love to win this because I have been wanting to visit the Oregon Zoo ever since I visited Oregon 3 years ago. I recently moved here from South Georgia to be with my boyfriend, who I will have been with for 5 years on this upcoming July 5th and I cannot imagine a more perfect or magical place to celebrate our anniversary! We love exploring all over Portland, whether it be deep in the forests with the waterfalls or visiting the museums and seasonal flower gardens to playing pinball at all the late night bars; and to win these tickets would be an absolute dream to surprise my special boogin with <3

  6. Denice on June 22, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    We love the Zoo Concerts!

  7. Marty on June 22, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Whoo’s zoo’min who! Love the Zoo!

  8. Brett W on June 22, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Zoo fun for the whole fam! I’m in!

  9. Chris on June 22, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Sounds fun!

  10. Patrick on June 22, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    I would like to go to here.

  11. Nicole moretti on June 22, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    My 2 year old loves music and needs to get out more, let his hair down and get loose!

  12. Brian on June 22, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Hope to win a set of passes to attend!

  13. Debra Spencer on June 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    I’m in for great fun!

  14. Matt on June 22, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    I love listening to live at the Zoo. This show sounds like so much fun!

  15. Renata on June 22, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    I love to watch the elephants dance along to the music!

  16. Kirk on June 22, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    I need a beer , music, and the excellent venue at the zoo!

  17. Valerie B on June 22, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Wonderful zoo concert, cannot wait.

  18. Lori on June 22, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Haven’t been to the zoo in a while, I love bluegrass and I’m originally from KY. Would be nice to attend!

  19. Mark Holan on June 22, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Love me some bluegrass at the Zoo

  20. Sam S on June 23, 2023 at 9:09 am

    What a great date night idea! I’d love to go!

  21. Carolyn Ingram on June 23, 2023 at 9:48 am

    More fun, fun, fun! I’ve been to many events at the zoo over the years but never one of their concerts yet. This would be a new, fun experience!

  22. Will F on June 23, 2023 at 11:56 am

    My girlfriend just moved out to Portland and we both love bluegrass!

  23. Lydia on June 23, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    I would LOOOOOVE to enjoy this outing with my new boo!! I love animals and I love string music and I love summer evenings! Perfect combo.

  24. Laurie J Baker on June 23, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    The zoo is an awesome place for concerts. Would love to win tickets. Thank you

  25. Sunny on June 23, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    ZOO nighTs!!! YeS, Please 💫💛

  26. Suzanne on June 24, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    I love this!! I’ve never been to the zoo so this would be amazing!!!

  27. Mike on June 26, 2023 at 4:46 am

    Jackstraw is great!! Winning would be amazing!!

  28. Anna logan on June 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Wow. How fun zoo and concert. Would love to win or mine and my daughters birthdays this week.

  29. Destiny W on June 26, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    Haven’t been to the zoo here, so this would be sooo dope of a win!

  30. Jen on June 28, 2023 at 7:50 am

    We haven’t been to the zoo in awhile. Would love to win tickets and enjoy again.

  31. TJ on June 28, 2023 at 9:47 am

    I’ve loved the pdx zoo since i was a kid, and I just moved here from north Alabama plus i have 7 special needs kids who love music, also my 3 year old needs to get out, and it’s my boo and my anniversary, plus I’ve never been to a concert at the zoo, also we love music and animals, plus it’s my birthday and this would be a great way to celebrate. Thanks

  32. James on June 30, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Since the zoo stopped their summer concert series it’s nice to see some local music being supported.

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