2010 Tunes & Blooms concert series at the Cincinnati Zoo

The annual Tunes & Blooms concert series at the Cincinnati Zoo starts tomorrow at 6pm. Just as in the past, this series features local music in a very unique setting and promises to be a great way to get back outside and enjoy the Spring season in Cincinnati.

Presented by CityBeat and WNKU, Tunes & Blooms is a free weekly concert series put on each and every Thursday evening throughout the month of April. The bands that come to play at the Zoo are some of the most respected and admired local acts and they promise to put on quite a show. The kickoff event this week features both Chuck Cleaver’s Wussy as well as local indie pop sensation Pomegranates. A fairly unique pair, this promises to be quite a show on a night where the weather should be nothing but spectacular.

There are a few other things you should know about Tunes & Blooms which has five incredible shows over the next month. First off, admission to the Zoo is free after 5pm and the shows start around 6pm. While parking is $7, it is a good deal whether you drive a car over or jump on the Metro lines 1, 46, or 78. Secondly, the event will happen rain or shine. Tomorrow’s weather looks very promising, but as Spring carries on it is a great reminder that regardless of what the weather is there will still be music happening at the Zoo each Thursday.

We are lucky enough to have five Thursdays in April this year, and the schedule is packed for each one. Stop over and enjoy some free music at the Zoo as one way to get back outside and enjoy all that Cincinnati has to offer. You will find the schedule of shows for this year’s Tunes & Blooms below.

April 1 – Wussy + Pomegranates

Cincinnati Zoo goes platinum, grows attendance

It doesn’t take a die-hard Cincinnatian to know that the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is one of the region’s real assets. The Zoo provides a tremendous learning opportunity for children, terrific family outings, and so much more. And while the Zoo is one of the best in the country, it is also a community leader.

The Cincinnati Zoo was just recently deemed “America’s Greenest Zoo” by the green building community. It is the first zoo in the country to have multiple LEED projects, and is the second zoo in the country to attain the prestigious LEED Platinum certification for one of its buildings. As the zoo continues to grow and improve itself, Zoo leadership has pledged that all future projects will pursue the LEED certification – a first of its kind commitment in the country.

Vine Street Village photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo.

What is even better news is that while the economy continues to slug its way out of hibernation, the Cincinnati Zoo is posting record attendance numbers. Zoo officials will welcome the 1 millionth visitor to the zoo this year sometime this week. The attendance numbers represent a 23 percent increase over the same time in 2008, and also is higher than total attendance numbers posted over the past four years.

The Cincinnati Zoo (map) is open daily from 9am to 5pm for the rest of the year (except Christmas), with tickets starting as low as $13 for adults. Metro provides bus service to the Zoo via the #1 (directly serves the Zoo…this is your best option), 46, 51, and 78 bus routes (plan your trip now); bicycle parking is also available.

Wine tasting at the Cincinnati Zoo – 8/27

The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting Wild About Wine on Thursday, August 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is the fourth year for the wine tasting event that benefits the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW).

The theme for this tasting is wine from down under and will feature eight different Australian wines (see full list below). What will be new for the August wine tasting is that the Zoo will host the event at their new Vine Street Village and will include the Elephant Reserve and Giraffe Ridge according to event organizers.

In addition to the wine, there will be light appetizers from Habanero, Smokey Bones Bar & FIre Grill, Tano Catering, Truffles from Nordstrom, Innovations Catering and more. A silent auction will also be held and there will be live music from No Name Band and Loop Man Dan.

You can purchase tickets now which cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event (prices include parking). Those looking to take on the designated driver role can purchase tickets the day of the event for just $15. The Cincinnati Zoo is also well-served by Queen City Metro’s #1, #46 and #78 routes – plan your trip with Metro.

Wine Tasting List:

  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • Hardy’s Nottage Hill Shiraz
  • Alice White Lexia
  • Barossa Valley Estates E Minor Chardonnay
  • Banrock Station Moscato
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
  • Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Noir

A busy weekend for Cincinnati

Despite the rainy weather, Cincinnati will be more alive than ever with an abundance of events that should appeal to most everyone.

The Krohn Conservatory will be continuing its Butterflies of India Show until June 31, and is open to the public from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. On Friday, the Conservatory will host Wine Tasting with Amy Tobin from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., exploring the wine artisans of the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow morning for Breakfast on the Bridge, a free breakfast held for bicycle commuters that is being hosted by Bike Newport. The event will be held on the Newport side of the Purple People Bridge, and will include Taste of Belgium waffles, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, milk, and orange juice.

Come celebrate with the MoBo Bicycle Coop as they observe their third annual fundraiser on Saturday, from 7 P.M. to 1 A.M. at Off the Avenue Studios (1546 Knowlton in Northside) The event features a raffle, silent auction, a great music lineup and lots of food and drinks. Tickets are for sale at the door, or at Park+Vine and Shake It Records.

For the weekend, Maifest at MainStrasse in Covington, Kentucky features authentic German and international foods, amusements and arts and crafts booths. On Saturday, from 4:40 to 7:30 P.M., the alternative, country and blues band Kelly Thomas & the Fabulous Pick Ups will perform.

Finally, don’t miss out on the Cincinnati Zoo’s newest addition. Zoo Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo features an adorable lineup of lovable infants, along with children-friendly concerts by Thaddeus Rex and Miss Lori.

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