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Save the Date for the 35th Annual San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration!

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Where: San Diego Zoo
Beneficiary: Endangered animals and their habitats through the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research
Attendance: 3,000 + guests

What should I wear to the party?

Cocktail Casual is appropriate.  Comfortable shoes are recommended to enjoy the entire party; the food, beverages and entertainment are spread out around the San Diego Zoo grounds.

Are all of the food and beverages included in the ticket price?

Yes. Guests pay one price for admission and enjoy free samples from more than 150 restaurants, beer, wine and spirits vendors. Samples will be served until 9:30 p.m. (dessert samples are served until 10:30 p.m.)  A cash bar is located in the Zoofari party area until midnight. Complimentary soft drinks and Sparkletts water is also available at the cash bar.

When does the party start?

6 p.m. VIP guests
6:30 p.m. Early admission guests
7:30 p.m. General admission guests

Are children allowed?

No. Guests must be 21 to attend and children, infants and strollers are not permitted.

What about the Skyfari ride?

Round-trip Skyfari aerial tram rides are complimentary for Early Admission and VIP guests. There is a nominal charge of $4 for General Admission ticket holders.

Do I have to be a member of the Zoo to attend?

No, you don’t need to be a member to purchase a ticket. There are no member discounts on tickets.

Can I buy Pick Your Prize tickets at the event?

Yes, tickets are $10 each and are available at the Pick Your Prize table. You can also buy tickets from our roving ticket sellers during the party. You might want to come prepared with return address labels so you can get back to partying quickly!

I want to bid on something in the Silent Auction – how does that work?

For our Silent Auction, bid using your smart phone. That means you can bid from anywhere in the party! For those of you without a smart phone, we will have volunteers with iPads that you can use to bid on. You will need to register to participate, but registering is easy! Stop by the Bid Pal booth on the front plaza on the way in or at the entrance to the auction! 

Will I get a chance to see critters? 

Absolutely!  Joan Embery and her animal friends will be on stage on Flamingo Plaza from 7–8:30 p.m. and there will be an Animal Show on Reptile Plaza from 8–9:30 p.m.

What is the Critter Casino?

Our Critter Casino includes black jack, poker, roulette and craps tables and a chance to win some great prizes!  When you win, you can exchange your chips for drawing tickets. Prize details will be posted in the Casino.

What if I get tired? Are there places to sit down?

Tables and chairs are located throughout the party area.

I use a wheelchair/walker/cane, will I be able to enjoy the party?

Yes. The party covers an area that is mostly level with some gentle inclines.

What about parking?

Parking is free in the main Zoo lot. Taxis are available all evening.

Will the entire Zoo be open during the event?

No, only the front areas of the Zoo will open.

Will non-alcoholic beverages be served?

Yes. Several beverage vendors will feature juices and non-alcoholic beverages. Complimentary sodas are available at the cash bar in the Zoo Party Area, as well as Sparkletts bottled water.

Are cameras allowed?


What if it rains?

If it rains, the event will not be held. Please consider your ticket purchase a donation.


Celebration was started as Kicks for Critters in 1980 by Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers place-kicker, to raise money to support the San Diego Zoo’s conservation research efforts.