Here are the first 5 concerts in the family-friendly ZooTunes series

The early lineup for the only PNW concert venue where penguins are in the audience

March 6, 2018

© Pulen |

NOW we know summer's on its way -- it's time to talk about ZooTunes!

It's one of the most beloved summer concert traditions in the Seattle area, and it's coming back. ZooTunes at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has announced the first five shows of the summer, and while they're all great artists to see live, it almost doesn't matter who's actually on the stage at these shows. It's just so glorious to spread a blanket on the lawn in the great meadow of the zoo, bring the kids and a picnic dinner, and let the music wash over you. For a lot of families, this is the first time small kids get to experience a real live music conert -- they dance, they frolic, they watch in amazement . . . it's great. 

So here's what they've leaked so far:

The Indigo Girls (June 24)

Trampled by Turtles plus Deer Tick (June 27) 

Psychedelic Furs (July 29),

Andrew Bird and Punch Brothers (Aug. 19)

Trombone Shorty with Galactic (Sept. 9).

Presale for these shows starts now -- March 6 at 10am, and everybody can buy tickets starting Friday March 9 at 10am.

Here are the FAQs from the Zoo:

General Admission tickets are for festival style seating on the North Meadow.

A very limited number of Reserved Tickets are available for sale online only

One child (age 12 and under) free with each paid general admission ticket. Make sure to add child tickets to your online order.

Concerts are rain or shine, so please be prepared for inclement weather.

All tickets are non-refundable. Tickets for sold out shows may be resold through Lyte.

Concert tickets do not include regular zoo admission

Here's the link for the details and to buy tickets.

See you there! Yay summer!