A sudden Saturday downpour in July has a way of thwarting the many (many many) outdoorsy, alfresco plans SoCalers count on come the middle of summertime.
Because summer in LA is about generally clear skies, nice sunsets, and no event cancellations. The soggy weekend of July 18 and 19 tested that theory, and while the rain is welcome -- thank you much-needed moisture, please don't be a stranger -- people who had to ditch canceled stuff like outdoor Shakespeare or the Glendale Cruise are ready to really outdoors-it-up in the days ahead.
Stop one, on Friday, July 24, if the local weather returns to its typical dry-sky July norms: Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo. It only happens three times a summer, and this is numero dos, so getting your growly-good grown-up time in, under the night sky, with a craft beer and food truck taco and live tunes, is now on the clock.
The "growly-good" part is from the animals you'll meet at the happening thanks to "pop-up zookeeper talks and animal encounters." Will you see a wee reptile? A new be-claw'd friend from Down Under? Count on being charmed and educated and wanting one of your own. (Nope, you can't take it with you.)
What to do, where to go and what to see
The "grown-up time" refers to the fact that Roaring Nights is 18+ so, yep, the tots stay home with a babysitter and you get to go to the zoo. Whether you tell them that or not is up to you, but perhaps make a vow that you'll return later in the weekend for their special visit.
The "live tunes" shall be courtesy of Springtime Carnivore and DJ Johnny Hawkes. The adult beverages and food trucks can be found at the full bars and the on-site food trucks. Urban Oven, Border Grill, and others of a dinner/desserty nature will be on the grounds.
Cost to get in? Twenty bucks. Showing with some cash for noshing/drinking? Do that.
And enjoying the outdoors by night, and our animal world, too? It may actually happen on the 24th, if passing showers don't make a revisit. Rain, come back soon, please, and bring lots and lots of droplets, but a few more summertime alfresco nighttime to-dos on the drier side sounds pretty good, too.