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Zoo a la Carte – Milwaukee County Zoo

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until August 20, 2022

One event on August 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

Milwaukee County Zoo a la Carte

Back in 2022: Zoo a la Carte at the Milwaukee County Zoo! Don’t come just for the food, stay for musical performances from national and local bands throughout the Zoo! 20 Milwaukee area restaurants, along with the Zoo’s in-house food and beverage offerings, 5 stages of entertainment, plus a premium wine tent.

Note New hours for the festival:
Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Note New payment system:
Food and beverage vendors are accepting credit cards or debit cards only – NO CASH.
A cash-to-card kiosk will be located in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place to convert your cash to a pre-paid card if needed.

See more information on the Zoo website HERE.

2022 Zoo a la Carte Details Caribou Main Stage Headliners

The Zoo welcomes these major musical performers as headliners for the 2022 a la Carte:

  • Thursday, August 18 at 6 p.m.
    Bella Cain

    Bella Cain has become one of the largest and most “in demand” Top 40 country groups in the region. With amazing musicianship, unmatched high energy onstage, production that includes one of the premier sound and light shows teamed up with the Bella Girls, this is truly musical variety not seen before on the regional country music scene. The WAMI-award winning band features over 23 members, including musicians, dancers, sound and light engineers, techs/crew, merchandise staff and drivers. Bella Cain performs 120+ shows a year across the Midwest and is known as the hottest “Top 40 Country Group” in the area.
  • Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m.
    Spin Doctors

    Revisit the class of 1988 and the Spin Doctors are the last men standing, still making music like their lives depended on it, still riding the bus, still shaking the room. Even now, plans are afoot for a seventh studio album and another smashing world tour, adding to their tally of almost 2,000 shows! But faced with that milestone, even a band of their velocity takes a breath for reflection: “I’d never had guessed,” admits drummer Aaron Comess, “this would have turned into 30 years of making great music together.”
  • Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m.
    Plain White T’s

    Award-nominated, multiplatinum Chicago quintet, Plain White T’s, has amassed an enduring and engaging catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings including All That We Needed (2005) and Every Second Counts (2006). “Hey There Delilah” went quadruple platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Expect new music in 2022 from the Plain White T’s!
  • Sunday, August 21 at 4 p.m.
    De La Buena

    Featuring jazz harmonic sensibility and a deep-seated love of diverse cultures, De La Buena explores textures and rhythms of Latin music of the Americas with roots planted firmly in African Diasporic traditions. Growing from a trio into a powerful 10-piece band over the last six years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz.

2022 Local Eats

Enjoy a variety of cuisines as you stroll through the park to enjoy our renowned animal population. Participating restaurants include:

  • A la Crepes
  • Bubble Waffle Shoppes
  • Café El Sol
  • Catalano Corn
  • Crawdaddy’s on Greenfield
  • C-Viche
  • Kealoha’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • La Masa Empanada Bar
  • Mama Bev’s Bakery
  • Meat on the Street
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Pig Tailz
  • Saz’s
  • Scrima’s Woodfired Pizza
  • Shawarma House
  • The Soup Market
  • Thunder Bay Grille
  • Ultimate Confections
  • Wong’s Wok

Check out these reader tips from our Lake Country Family Fun Facebook followers.

  • Scope it out first to see what you want.
  • Sometimes restaurants sell out.
  • Buy a variety and share with your family/friends.

Lake Country Family Fun’s 2019 Zoo A La Carte Fun:


Lake Country Family Fun’s 2018 Zoo A La Carte Fun:


Find more FREE SUMMER FUN and our Bucket List: 77 THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER!




August 18
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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10001 W Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226 United States
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