5 Reasons to Attend Tunes & Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo

Tunes & Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is an event that locals look forward to as a sign of spring.

The annual event takes place in April each Thursday night and features live music and the zoo’s beautiful gardens.

I’m sharing more about why you’ll want to attend this event and what you need to know before you go.

tulips at The Cincinnati Zoo

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1. Tunes and Blooms is a FREE Event!

That makes this event the perfect way for families, friends, or couples to enjoy an inexpensive evening out.

When is the Tunes & Blooms Event at The Cincinnati Zoo?

Tunes & Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo takes place every Thursday in April from 5-8:30 (weather permitting) at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The first Tunes and Blooms event this year is Thursday, April 6.

The live music begins at 6pm.

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2. Tulip Mania and Flowers Galore

There are more than 100,000 tulips at The Cincinnati Zoo which makes it one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest.

If you visit the Tunes & Blooms each Thursday evening in April, you can witness the blooming process evolving over time.

This is also a great chance to appreciate Zoo Blooms throughout the zoo featuring more than one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees, shrubs, and other spring bulbs!

The best part is that you are there during the peak tulip bloom season.

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3. See the Zoo Animals After Normal Hours

Many of the areas of the zoo are still open for guests to check out during Tunes and Blooms. This gives you an opportunity to see a little bit of the zoo during your visit.

It’s nice to walk around in the evening and discover the animals that are still out and active.

concert for Tunes and Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo

4. Enjoy Live Concerts

Each Thursday in April guests are treated to great music by a different live band at 6pm. You can check out their music ahead of time or be pleasantly surprised when you get there.

April 2023 Concert Schedule For Tunes and Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo

The following local bands will be performing free concerts at Tunes & Blooms:

  • April 6 – The Harmed Brothers
  • April 13 – Kiely Connell
  • April 20 – Carriers
  • April 27 – Moonshine Drive
tulips at The Cincinnati Zoo

5. Photo Ops Are Everywhere at The Cincinnati Zoo Tunes & Blooms

You can practice your photography skills while you are at the zoo. The beautiful flowers are a great backdrop for a nice picture of your kids or a great family photo.

If you want water in the background take a picture from Swan Lake Bridge.

Bonus points if you have a collection of pictures of the tulips with family or friends over the years.

spring Flowers at Cincinnati Zoo

Tunes & Bloom at The Cincinnati Zoo FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about the event.

How Much is Admission to Tunes & Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo?

Admission to The Cincinnati Zoo is FREE after 5pm for Tunes & Blooms.

How much is parking for The Cincinnati Zoo?

There is a $10 fee for parking.

Where do you park for The Cincinnati Zoo?

Parking for The Cincinnati Zoo is at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH.

Tunes and Blooms at the Cincinnati Zoo

Can You Bring Outside Food and Drinks to Tunes and Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo?

You can pack your own picnic dinner or purchase meals from vendors at the zoo.

No outside alcohol is permitted but the zoo does sell alcohol on-site.

*Bags will be checked before entering the zoo.

Tunes and Blooms at The Cincinnati Zoo

Can You Bring Your Own Chairs?

Yes, you can bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to Tunes & Blooms.

spring Flowers at Cincinnati Zoo

What’s the Weather Like in Cincinnati in April?

The weather in Cincinnati can be really unpredictable in April with an average high of 66F and a low of 43F. Some nights it could be cold weather or possibly rain…and some evenings this time of year are PERFECT.

hippo at The Cincinnati Zoo

Want to Visit The Cincinnati Zoo During the Day?

If you want full access to The Cincinnati Zoo you might want to purchase a ticket to visit during the day.

How to Save on Cincinnati Zoo Admission

You can save money on your admission to the Cincinnati Zoo with discount tickets here.

tulips at The Cincinnati Zoo

More Information About The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

You can learn more information from the Cincinnati Zoo’s website.

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