Lake Superior Zoo is about to hit the one-hundred year mark and it is only right that we celebrate the Duluth staple. You can get in on the celebration with their annual Zoo La Palooza event, which takes place on Friday, July 21st.

The event raises funds to help the zoo continue their "mission of education and conservation" and will help to fund the zoo and its services. The celebration includes free admission for all! The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks, live music and more festivities. This event is happening rain or shine.

What is there to do at Zoo La Palooza this year?

That's not all! Mayor Emily Larson will also be making a special announcement on zoo grounds at 6:20 p.m. On top of this and the free admission, there will be a ton of other activities you can take part in, including the following:

  • The opportunity to feed the barnyard animals, bears and otters
  • Tours in several different parts of the zoo, including the Animal Care Center, Nocturnal area and the Australia exhibit
  • Dunk a local celebrity in the dunk tank
  • Grab a drink at a cash bar
  • Eat birthday cake
  • Enter a raffle for a shot at a prize worth more than 2K
  • See the zoo's birthday card in person
  • See chalk mural unveiling by Annmarie Geniusz
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What other add-ons are available for Zoo La Palooza this year?

There are a few other things to note about the event, including special upgrade options and other ways you can take part, including the following:

  • You can sign the zoo's virtual birthday card for a small fee prior to the event and then see your name in person at the event!
  • You can RSVP online to the event prior to the event for the chance to win an exclusive animal feeding for up to five people.
  • You can purchase a VIP wristband prior to the event that allows you entry into the event an hour earlier, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The purchase of a VIP ticket also gets you an exclusive feeding tour with your choice of four different exhibits and a behind-the-scenes tour at one of two exhibits. This is available while supplies last.
  • Fun for the whole family? You can purchase a VIP upgrade with a family package. This is only available while supplies last.
  • You can purchase a children's wristband for your kiddos, which comes with unlimited train rides, unlimited barnyard feedings and a tour of their choosing. You can purchase these online or at the door.

What food trucks will be at Zoo La Palooza this year?

If you're curious which food trucks will be on site, we have an answer for you: Oasis Del Norte, Room At The Table and Emma's Global Delights.

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