xZOOberance Spring Festival kicks off March 25

Joey Amato | March 16, 2021

Living artworks, live performances, engaging activities and animals — xZOOberance presented by Daniel’s Vineyard features everything guests need to overcome their cabin fever.

Just in time for spring break, the Indianapolis Zoo’s festival begins March 25 and continues every Thursday through Sunday until April 11, with activities running 10am-4pm.

The cheerful spirit of the season shines throughout the Bicentennial Pavilion, where oversized pinwheels spin in the breeze and brightly colored kites float overhead. Amid a vibrant landscape filled with large animal-shaped topiaries and a living wall of plant life, visitors can enjoy continuous live entertainment with a changing lineup for all 12 days.

The festival main stage will host a variety of lively acts including Kenyattá Dance Company; Cathy Morris; People, Paint & Percussion; and more. A second stage at the Perch will feature entertainment by interactive performers, drummers, acoustic musicians and others.

Additional activities will keep everyone buzzing. A fun pollen toss game and bee chats will teach guests the importance of pollinating insects. Plus, families can stretch out with animal-inspired yoga, meet chickens and goats, and express their creativity with a take-home craft kit.

Nearby in the Cheer Garden, guests can unwind and enjoy specialty food items, like Bavarian pretzels, kettle chips and kid-friendly refreshments. Adults can also sample wine slushies from Daniel’s Vineyard, sip cocktails created for the event by Hotel Tango, and enjoy craft beers, like the Crocodilian, a new American pale ale created especially for the Zoo by Metazoa Brewing.

Along with xZOOberance, moderate seasonal temperatures and lots of active animals make spring an ideal for a Zoo visit. Plus, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group is now open for the season at White River Gardens. This annual favorite highlights 40 radiant varieties of moths and butterflies inside the tropical and colorful Hilbert Conservatory.

Best of all, xZOOberance is free for Zoo members and included with general admission. Everyone is required to visit IndianapolisZoo.com to reserve a timed-entry ticket in advance. Visitors must have a mask upon entering the Zoo, and are required to wear a mask indoors and in all outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible. Guests are encouraged to visit the Zoo’s website to read all current safety guidelines and know what to expect for their visit.