Open Today: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Complete Hours

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
a la Carte

presented by Meijer

August 16-19, 2018

a la Carte

A feast that could rival any Thanksgiving dinner returns for the 34th consecutive year!  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel à la Carte presented by Meijer brings to life your wildest food cravings, August 16 through August 19, featuring 26 area restaurants. Don’t come just for the food, stay for musical performances from national and local bands throughout the Zoo!


  • Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m.
    1964 The Tribute: A great family show that accurately re-creates the Beatles’ performances. Relive their biggest hits, “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and so many more! You’ll leave the show feeling the magic and thinking the Beatles are back.

  • Friday, August 17 at 8 p.m.
    Wynonna & The Big Noise: Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo "The Judds," Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline." This iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

  • Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m.
    ASIA featuring John Payne: A rock band, celebrating John Payne’s 14 years as lead singer of ASIA. Rock lovers will enjoy listening to classics such as “Heat of the Moment,” and “Long Way from Home.” Bring the kids and pass down your love of rock music to the next generation.

Click here for a complete schedule of entertainment.


  • CREATE! Get inspired by art in the Milwaukee Art Museum, and create your own masterpiece! Kohl’s Color Wheels, a mobile art experience, is located in the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm.

  • RELAX! Sit back, sip a glass of fine wine, and lose yourself in the music from local bands at the Giraffe Village Wine Tent, sponsored by Champion Windows & Sunrooms.

  • DISCOVER! Go back in time if you dare, to the eras when dinosaurs ruled the Earth with Dinosaurs! A Jurassic Journey sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets. Admission is $3.


Bubble Waffle Shoppes- NEW!
Café el Sol
Funnel Cake Depot
Gouda Girls- NEW!
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Jack’s American Pub
Kalua Tiki Bar & Grill
Kealoha's Ohana Shave Ice
La Masa Empanada Bar- NEW!
Milwaukee Brat House
Miss Beverly’s Deluxe Barbeque
OOZ Food Truck
Reids Roasted Corn
Rich’s House of Cakes
Salentini's Pizza & Wine

Scrima's Wood Fired Pizza- NEW!
Simma’s Bakery
St. Francis Brewery- NEW!
Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes
The Coop
The Golden Grill
The Soup Market
Three Lions Pub
Thunder Bay
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
Ultimate Confections
Water Street Brewery
Wild Burger- NEW!
Wisconsin Machine Shed
Wong’s Wok
Woodland Grill


Advanced/Reduced Single Admission Tickets

  • Adult Advanced Ticket:  $13.50
  • Child Advanced Ticket:  $10.50

Available at Tri City National Bank locations through August 19. Cash only for the above ticket purchases.

Zoological Society membership is valid for à la Carte.


a la Carte
Adults: $15.50
Juniors (ages 3 to 12): $12.50
Children (ages 2 and under): FREE
Seniors (ages 60 and over): $14.50
Parking: $12

All musical entertainment, both national and local, is free with regular Zoo admission.

Get to the Zoo early, as there are no reserved seats at the festival. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to spread out in the grassy areas; picnic tables fill-up quickly! Take your à la Carte experience to the next level by visiting your favorite animals or Zoo ride. Food tickets, special attractions and Zoo rides can be purchased for an additional charge.

a la CarteThe 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel à la Carte festival presented by Meijer is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Stay up-to-date on à la Carte information and plan your feast by downloading the à la Carte app, now available for android and iOS! The app is the best place for up-to-date news and info. It features all of the menu items and allows guests to create their own custom menus by searching food options using different categories such as gluten free, lactose free, sustainable seafood, vegetarian and vegan. Users can also sort through the music line-up by day, stage or genre and customize their own schedule.

Come early and stay late at the Milwaukee County Zoo on this wild weekend to get your fill on food, music and animals! For additional information, please contact the Zoo at 414.771.3040.

Special thanks to our a la Carte sponsors:
Name-in-title Sponsor: Presenting Sponsor: With major support from:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Meijer Miller Lite  Miller - Great Beer, Great Responsibility
Lakeview Stage Sponsor: Wine Tent Sponsor: Advance Ticket Sales:
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Champion Windows & Sunrooms Tri City National Bank