Skip to main content
Publish date:

2020 Music in the Zoo season canceled due to coronavirus

It's the first time it's been canceled in its history.
Author:
Music in the Zoo

The 2020 Music in the Zoo concert series has been canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.

Promotions company Sue McLean and Associates says it had to make a "difficult decision" to cancel its concert series at the Minnesota Zoo this summer – the first time in its 27-year history it's not going ahead.

"The safety and health of all involved is our first priority, along with not compromising the unique and magical live music experience at the Minnesota Zoo that artists and fans alike have come to love and expect," SMA said in a press release.

"The health crisis of COVID-19 has unfortunately rendered this impossible at this time. SMA looks forward to the day we can safely bring live music back to fans!"

The concert series is held at the zoo's amphitheater and last year saw performances from acts including Belle & Sebastian, Conor Oberst, Mark Cohn, and Josh Ritter.

"We especially want to thank our amazing Zoo Crew for their tireless dedication to ensure the concerts play out under the stars every summer," said SMA CEO Patricia McLean.

"We also thank the amazing artists that grace the Sue McLean stage every year, including their touring crews, our terrific and long-standing sponsor partners, the Minnesota Zoo team that works alongside us all summer and especially YOU; the fans that so passionately support live music!"

It's the latest in a growing number of summer events scrapped due to COVID-19, with others including Rock the Garden, Twin Cities Pride, and the Minnesota State Fair.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Next Up

2560px-Foo_Fighters_-_Southside_Festival_2019_4184_-_1

'Minneapolis, we're coming!!!': Foo Fighters announce rescheduled concert

The previously announced Huntington Bank Stadium was cancelled.

brave new workshop

Brave New Workshop gets new owners in Hennepin Theatre Trust

It is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the nation.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 8.05.11 AM

Minnesota firefighters mourn sudden death of colleague

Aaron Bidle of the Loretto Fire Department passed away suddenly Wednesday.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

Snowmobiler goes through the ice on lake near Duluth

Ice thickness varies greatly throughout Minnesota right now.

snow, measuring snow, snow totals

Here's how much snow fell during the weekend winter winter storm

The Highway 2 corridor in north-central Minnesota was the bullseye.

Minneapolis Fire Department

Roof collapses on 3 firefighters in south Minneapolis

The fire happened at a residence east of Lake Nokomis on Sunday.

Joleigha Johnson

42-year-old Minnesota woman missing since December 1

She drives a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala.

icy roads, bad roads

20-year-old killed in crash on icy highway during Sunday snowstorm

More than a foot of snow had fallen in the area where the crash occurred.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings fans clamor for change after latest bad loss under Mike Zimmer

The "fire Mike Zimmer" tweets are raging on Twitter again.

Tony Oliva

Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are finally heading to Cooperstown

The Twins legends were elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

Tanner Morgan

Report: Gophers to play in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

The Gophers will reportedly head to Phoenix to take on West Virginia.

Related

X_Games_Austin_(June_2015)_(18341280323)

X Games Minneapolis 2020 is canceled due to coronavirus

It's the latest event scheduled for the summer to be shelved.

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 9.43.31 AM

Guthrie Theater cancels rest of its 2019/20 season

Several productions scheduled for this spring and summer have been canceled.

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 12.20.20 PM

Grandma's Marathon 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

The popular Duluth event has been pushed back to 2021.

1024px-All_Seasons_Arena_at_North_Dakota_State_Fair_in_Minot

Coronavirus: 2020 North Dakota State Fair is canceled

The annual event was due to take place in July.

1024px-Lady_A_-_Charlotte_12-27-12-39

Lady A's Prior Lake show canceled last minute due to health emergency

The country group was due to headline the festival Saturday night.