ASHEBORO, NC – Adults 21 and over are invited to a first-ever Halloween costume party and concert at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Africa Amphitheatre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for general admission seating with chairs and blankets allowed. The Sleeping Booty Band hits the stage in concert at 6:30 p.m.

The popular group will rock the amphitheatre playing funk, R&B, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and beach music. Guests may wear their wildest Halloween costume or come as they are. The wickedly fun evening will also include craft beer, and food will be available for purchase with a wide variety of menu options. Encounters with the zoo’s live animal ambassadors are scheduled between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Complimentary Pepsi products will be available for designated drivers. Tickets are available at for $10, $22 and $30 and include alcoholic drink purchases. Additional per drink tickets are not available for purchase at this event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  

Toby Strider Subaru is the presenting sponsor for Zoo Grooves. Other sponsors include Heart of North Carolina TDA; Jacquie Reininger, Realtor with Allen Tate; Bold Rock Cidery of Asheville; Four Saints Brewery of Asheboro; Native Son Vineyard of Franklinville; Pepsi; Unknown Brewery of Charlotte; Randolph County Emergency Medical Service; and the North Carolina Zoo Society.

Zoo Grooves Autumn Edition promises to be a “spooktacular” evening under the stars. However, in the event of inclement weather, the event will still be held at Solar Pointe outside the zoo’s North America Region.


About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation.

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; polar bears Nikita and Anana take polar plunges every day at the Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone.

Located in center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 750,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit