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Milwaukee a la Carte at the Zoo

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August 15-18, 2019

Milwaukee a la Carte

Trendy music, lots of food options, and animals galore—what a wild weekend! The Milwaukee a la Carte at the Zoo presented by Meijer brings to life your wildest food cravings, August 15 through August 18, featuring 27 area restaurants. Don’t come just for the food, stay for the musical performances from national and local bands throughout the Zoo!

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 a 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.


  • Thursday, August 15 at 8 p.m.
    Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: In the past few years, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have become the kind of band that you would want to book if you were throwing a soiree at the Gatsby mansion. Penning elegant, lush, pitch perfect arrangements of much of the great American songbook, from Cole Porter to Frank Sinatra. They also perform their own music that is, while influenced by a history of American popular music, wholly modern lyrically.
  • Friday, August 16 at 8 p.m.
    Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri: Steve Augeri is an American rock singer, best known as the lead vocalist for the rock group Journey from 1998 to 2006. Steve draws on a range of diverse musical influences to deliver a unique take on the genre of melodic rock. Known for his soaring vocals, gritty tenor and powerful stage presence, he brings his signature blend of rock and soul into every event, singing the songs that made Journey famous.
  • Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m.
    Survivor: Legendary rock band Survivor is embarking on their next chapter with a new member who has seemingly given new life to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pre-eminent bands. With 22-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton assuming lead vocalist duties, the group will take their trademark arena rock sound to their loyal and devoted fan base. Survivor’s biggest hits include Poor Man’s Son, Eye of the Tiger, and I Can’t Hold Back.

2019 a la Carte Entertainment Lineup - Performers/times are subject to change.


  • a la CarteCREATE! Crafty kids can show their artistic side with Kohl’s Color Wheels, a mobile art experience!
  • RELAX! Enjoy a glass of wine, while listening to local bands at the Giraffe Village Wine Tent, sponsored by Champion Windows & Sunrooms.
  • DISCOVER! Visit the greatest exhibit ever assembled! Brick Dinos, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, includes interactive LEGO® play-scapes and more! Admission is $3 per person.


Bel Air Cantina – NEW!
Bubble Waffle Shoppes
Café el Sol
C-viche – NEW!
Gouda Girls
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Jack’s American Pub
Joey Gerard’s
Kalua Tiki Bar & Grill
Kealoha Hawaiian Ice
La Masa
Meat on the Street – NEW!
Milwaukee Brat House

Nothing Bundt Cakes – NEW!
Reid’s Roasted Corn
Rich’s House of Cakes
Scrima’s Woodfired Pizza
Shawarma House – NEW!
Simma’s Bakery
Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes
The Soup Market
Thunder Bay Grille
Ultimate Confections
Wisconsin Machine Shed
Wong’s Wok


Advanced/Reduced Single Admission Tickets

  • Adult Advanced Ticket: $14.25
  • Child Advanced Ticket: $11.25
  • Available at Tri City National Bank locations through August 18. Cash only for the above ticket purchases.

Zoological Society membership is valid for a la Carte.


a la Carte
Adults: $16.25
Juniors (ages 3 to 12): $13.25
Seniors (ages 60 and over): $15.25
Children (ages 2 and under): FREE
Parking: $12

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

Besides the music, food, and special attractions, there are also lots of new animals now on exhibit. The Zoo has welcomed two ostrich and three guineafowl to Adventure Africa. There have also been a few recent births, including a baby Japanese macaque, whooping crane, and cape thick-knee shorebird. All three babies should be viewable for visitors, plus more!

The 2019 Milwaukee a la Carte at the Zoo 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 a la Carte information and plan your feast by downloading the a la Carte app, now available for android and iOS. The app 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 lineup by day, stage or genre, and customize their own schedule.

Come early and stay late at the Milwaukee County Zoo to get your fill on food, music, and animals! For a complete entertainment schedule and additional information, please call 414.256.5466.
Special thanks to these additional a la Carte partners:
With major support from: Lakeview Stage Sponsor:
Miller Lite  Miller - Great Beer, Great Responsibility Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
Wine Tent Sponsor: Advance Ticket Sales:
Champion Windows & Sunrooms Tri City National Bank