Rock Roar & Pour at John Ball Zoo: An Adults-Only Evening of Beer, Music, and Animal Encounters
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit a zoo when there aren’t any kids there? Have you ever wanted to crack open a cold beer while viewing animals? Do you enjoy getting the chance to see animals up close? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then two upcoming Rock, Roar, & Pour events at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids might be perfect for you! We had the chance to attend one of these events last year, and loved the unique experience of beer, food, music, and no kids. In this post we’ll share some photos and a little bit about our experience last year, and help you with all the information you need for this year’s events!
A variety of beer and food is available for purchase at this event, and live music from The WhatNots (August 22) and Great Scott (September 26) will entertain guests. Instead of heading to a bar or restaurant, why not enjoy this rare opportunity at the zoo? We love Michigan zoos, and this unique event was one that we found very enjoyable – we’ll be back this year for the August date! Tickets for both dates are available at https://www.jbzoo.org/rockroarpour.
This 21+ evening also offers animal encounters. When we attended last year there were smaller animals out with zoo staff for up close photos and touching (owl, hedgehog, snakes), a bird show that gave information about some of the zoos winged inhabitants, animal feedings, and more. With fewer guests in attendance, you’ll find that it is much easier to get around the zoo and see all the animals. Depending on the weather, you may also find that many of the mammals are much more active after hours.
Some animals to look forward to seeing at John Ball Zoo include red pandas, tigers, lions, wallaby, bears, penguins, and chimpanzees. A full map of animal exhibits is available at https://www.jbzoo.org/map. John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 Fulton St. West in Grand Rapids.