• Music
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Food
  • Wildlife
  • Saturday, April 21
  • Sunday, April 22

Weekends May 5–June 3

Including Memorial Day

We're celebrating genre-changing movements— from street art to hip hop, breakdancing to salsa, that were born in the Bronx. And we're adding our own wildlife twist.
Entry to this event is included with Bronx Zoo tickets.

Special Appearances By

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Grandmaster Melle Mel

  • &
  • Scorpio of 'Furious Five'

  • April 21
  • May 12
  • May 13
  • 1-2 P.M.
  • Astor Court
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The Sugarhill Gang


  • May 6
  • May 19
  • May 20
  • 1-2 P.M.
  • Astor Court

Behind Boogie Down

Go behind the scenes with the legendary musicians and street artists that are bringing this event to life with our docuseries Behind Boogie Down.

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Music

Caz’s Corner

Hip hop legend Grandmaster Caz is teaching us the basics and creating rhymes about animals during these daily workshops.

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Location: Astor Court

Dance Party

It’s not a party without music and dancing. Our DJ is spinning each weekend and it’s impossible not to join in and dance.

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Astor Court

Doo Wop

*Performance:

The street corners of Arthur Ave helped solidify the roots of doo wop in the 50s. Enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood as we bring it back.

Date: June 2 & 3

Time: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.

Location: Grizzly Corner

Salsa and Mambo

*Performance

When Cuban immigrants moved into Puerto Rican neighborhoods in the 50s the result was a brand new style.

Date: May 26, 27 & 28

Time: 1 & 3 p.m.

Location: Grizzly Corner


Art

Street Art 101

Street art has evolved thanks in large part to artists in the Bronx! Learn the history and a few pointers to create your own animal tag art to take home.

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Dancing Crane

Street Art Legends

We’re honored to welcome some of the pioneers of street art to the zoo. Each weekend, these renowned artists will create masterpieces in front of our guests with some help from the animals.

Schedule:

April 21-22 & May 5-6: Tats Cru (Bio, BG 183 & Nicer)

May 12-13: Andre Trenier x Menace 2 x Resa Piece

May 19-20: Crash x Giz x Ian Sullivan

May 26, 27 & 28: Crash x Shiro x Son of a Finch

June 2-3: Andre Trenier x Crash x Matt Buck


Dance

Breakdancing

Work on your moves with some pointers from the professionals. Learn the basics of breakdancing and then watch a performance.

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (every hour on the :15)

Location: Astor Court

Mighty Bengal Step Team

*Performance

Date: April 21 & June 3

Time: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 pm.

Location: Dancing Crane Plaza

Bomba

*Performance

Enjoy this music and dance style from Afro-Puerto Rican culture that emerged in the island and continues to thrive in the Bronx.

Date: May 26, 27 & 28

Time: 12 & 2 p.m.

Location: Grizzly Corner


Food

Cuban and Puerto Rican Food

One of our favorite ways to immerse into a culture is through the food! So we’re bringing traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican tastings to the zoo to go hand in hand with music and dancing.

Date: May 26, 27 & 28

Time: 12-3 p.m.

Location: Grizzly Corner

Little Italy at the Bronx Zoo

You can’t think about the Bronx without thinking about historic Arthur Avenue. We’ll bring the best Italian food in NYC into the zoo for tastings and samplings of some of your favorites.

Date: June 2 & 3

Time: 12-3 p.m.

Location: Grizzly Corner


Extras

Video Testimonial Booth

Stop by the video booth and let us know what the Bronx Zoo and the animals mean to you!

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Astor Court

Historical Tour

Over 120 years of Bronx history has made the zoo an important institution for New Yorkers. Take in our landmark architecture, art & sculpture on a self-guided tour.

Location: Astor Court and Fountain Circle

Old School Fun

Play games and activities Bronxites have played for decades, including double dutch, hop scotch, Skelzie and hula hooping.

Date: Every weekend & Memorial Day

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: Astor Court


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