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Zoo to close early Friday for annual BuffaLoveFest fundraiser

The Buffalo Zoo will close early Friday to prepare for BuffaLoveFest, its annual springtime fundraiser. Entry gates will close at 2 p.m. and the grounds will close at 3. The event, which is expected to attract more than 2,500 visitors, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue until 9.

BuffaLoveFest, which celebrates all things Buffalo, will feature more than 50 artisan vendors, more than 20 food trucks and bands, including the BuffaLoveBirds All-Star Band, Tiger Chung Lee and Den of Lions. Tickets are $30, adults only. Proceeds benefit the care of animals at the zoo.