The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines announced the dates, musicians, and themes for their 2014 Zoo Brew series late last week. Zoo Brew is a weekly event that features live music, domestic and craft beers, wines, margaritas, food, and of course, all the wild animals of the Blank Park Zoo. Zoo Brew events will take place every Wednesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting on June 4 and running through August 27. The events are 21-and-older only, and the first 500 people through the gate each week will get free Zoo Brew koozies. Zoo Brew is free to zoo members and costs the same as regular admission ($11) for non-members. Drink prices are $4 for beer and wine and $5 for margaritas. Free samples of the week's featured beverage(s) will be available while they last (usually about the first half-hour), so make sure to get to the zoo early. Food will be available for purchase from the zoo's Safari Grill, and patrons can listen to live music and check out all of the Blank Park Zoo's animals (until 30 minutes before sunset, when the animals must go in for the night). Zoo Brew is a cash only event, but there is an ATM on site.
Here is a look at the schedule of themes and musicians for this year's Zoo Brew events:
June 4: Home Opener featuring music by Standing Hampton
June 11: Jazz Night featuring music by Freestyle
June 18: Uncorked featuring music by The Lew & Brad Band
June 25: Strut Your Stripes featuring music by Loose Neutral
July 2: Red, White, and Brew featuring music by Abby Normal (video)
July 9: Country Night featuring music by the Danny Whitson Band
July 16: Iowa Brew Night featuring music by Trio Aceto
July 23: Christmas in July featuring music by Crooked Mile
July 30: 80's Night featuring music by Burning Down the House
August 6: Spirit of Des Moines featuring music by Slipstream
August 13: Fan Favorites featuring music by the Burnin' Sensations Band
August 20: Tailgate Night featuring music by Decoy
August 27: Zoo Brew Finale featuring music by Pianopalooza
To find out more information on Zoo Brew and other Blank Park Zoo events, or to become a zoo member, go to the Blank Park Zoo's website or call (515) 285-4722.