Buy Your Tickets Now for the San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration!


Saturday, September 23, 2017
6:30 - 11 p.m.


San Diego Zoo


Endangered animals and their habitats worldwide through
San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy


3,000+ guests


What should I wear to the party?

Cocktail Casual is appropriate. Comfortable shoes are encouraged to enjoy the entire party footprint. The tastings and entertainment are spread out around the San Diego Zoo grounds.

Are all the food and beverage tastings included in the ticket price?

Yes! Guests pay one price for admission and enjoy free samples from more than 150 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and spirit vendors. All samples will be served from 6:30−10:30 p.m. Complimentary soft drinks and Sparkletts water are also available throughout the party.

When does the party start?

6:30 p.m. for VIP guests

7:30 p.m. for General Admission guests

Are children allowed?

No, guests must be 21 or over to attend. Infants, children, and strollers are not permitted.

What about the Skyfari ride?

Complimentary round-trip rides are available for all VIP ticket holders. Rides for General Admission guests are $5 per round-trip ticket.

Do I have to be a Zoo member to attend?

No, you don’t need to be a member to purchase a ticket. There are no member discounts for the event.

Can I buy a Pick-Your-Prize ticket at the event?

Yes, tickets are $10 each and are available from roaming sellers or at the Pick-Your-Prize table inside the party. You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be chosen and notified at the end of the party.

Will I get a chance to see Zoo animals?

Absolutely! Animal presentations will be happening throughout the night. See your party map for locations.

What is the Critter Casino?

Our Critter Casino includes black jack, poker, roulette, and craps tables, with a chance to win some great prizes! When you win a game, you can exchange your casino chips for tickets to win one of the casino prizes. Prize details will be posted inside the casino area.

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

Tables and chairs are located throughout the party. There will also be several VIP Lounges that will be open only to VIP ticketholders.

If I use a wheelchair/walker/cane, can I still enjoy the party?

Yes, the party covers an area in the Zoo that is mostly level with some gentle inclines.

What about parking?

Parking is free in the Zoo’s main lot. Taxis and Uber drivers will also be available.

Will the entire Zoo be open the night of the event?

No, only the areas within the party footprint will be open to guests.

Will there be nonalcoholic beverages served?

Yes, several beverage vendors will feature juices, water, and other nonalcoholic beverages. Complimentary sodas and Sparkletts water will also be available at stations in each party zone.

Are cameras allowed?


What if it rains?

If it rains, the event will not be held. Please consider your ticket purchase a donation to San Diego Zoo Global.

Are event tickets considered a tax donation?

Event tickets purchased, less the fair market value of the benefits received, is deductible for income tax purposes. FMV for General Admission: $60, FMV for VIP Admission: $90


The San Diego Zoo Food, Wine, & Brew Celebration was started as Kicks for Critters in 1980 by Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers placekicker, to raise money to support the Zoo’s conservation research efforts.  Since that time it has taken on several names, including Celebration for the Critters, San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration, and now the San Diego Zoo Food, Wine, & Brew Celebration, which best describes what guests can expect to experience when they join the party to help #endextinction!

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