The Abilene Zoo's 'Rock and Roar' is a summer concert series where live music and wildlife come together for an evening of fun and entertainment. This Thursday, June 17th, don't miss singer songwriter Texas red Dirt super star Aaron Watson performing live at 7pm. Opening for Aaron is Texas Red Dirt favorite, Jon Stork.

Check out Aaron Watson's brand new single in the video below titled "Boots." The song comes off his latest album titled "American Soul" which features several previously released singles like "Silverado Saturday Night" as seen in the above video and "Whisper My Name."

Jesse Pottebaum the Zoo's Executive Director says "the zoo store and concessions will be open during Rock and Roar and I highly recommend bringing your blankets and lawn chairs for this outdoor concert at the Zoo." Furthermore, come hungry and thirsty because BBQ and frosty cold adult beverages will be available.

Rock and Roar is an open air event that allows for social distancing and is done near the Nelson Park lake allowing for a beautiful memory making sunset. So gather the kids or make it a special date night at the Abilene Zoo for some music, food and fun.

All local, state and CDC guidelines will be strictly adhered to, masks are recommended and space is very limited for this outdoor event. So purchase your tickets early to save yourself a spot for "Rock and Roar" at the Abilene Zoo by the lake. Tickets are $36 per person and only $30 for Abilene Zoo members. Purchase your tickets online here.

Additional tips and guidelines to follow when visiting the Abilene Zoo:

  • Masks are highly recommended outdoors but are required in the gift shop.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines and stay a lions length away from other zoo visitors.
  • Open are the watering hole, zoo eats, giraffe feeding experience, gift shop and carousel.
  • Closed are the Safari Train Express, reptile house, the Kilimanjaro Mining Sluice and Swan Boats.
  • Food for hand feeding the giraffe is $5.

The Abilene Zoo is open Monday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm, gates close at 4 pm and is located at 2070 Zoo Lane Abilene, Texas. For more information please call 325-676-6085.

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