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Brew at the Zoo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of Brew at the Zoo?

The event will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

What is included?

General admission tickets include admission to the event, a complimentary Brew at the Zoo mug, free beer tastings, complimentary soda and water, animal demos, games, and live entertainment.

VIP tickets include all of the above as well as access to the VIP Brew Pub, located in the Picnic Pavilion and air conditioned Mane Grill. In this area VIP ticket holders will receive full pours of beer, complementary food, pub games, and additional animal demos as well as cover from the elements under the pavilion.

Will the Zoo be open?

Outside the event area, the buildings will be open until 6 p.m. and the grounds will be open until 8 p.m. The buildings in the event area will be closed.

Will there be animals at the event?

There will be scheduled animal demonstrations taking place in both the General Event Area and the VIP area. Great Cats Circle will be open until 8 p.m., with the lions and tigers out in the yards.

Please remember the welfare of the animal is our priority, so animal demonstrations may be canceled if it is in the best interest of the animal.

What is an Early Admission Ticket?

Beat the lines! For an additional $20 early admission and VIP ticket holders will be given access to the general event site an hour earlier.

What is a "Sober Driver" ticket?

Sober Driver tickets for designated drivers are available. Tickets are limited and may sell out prior to the event date. Designated drivers must be 21-and-over. Designated drivers will not receive a complimentary mug and will not be allowed to consume alcohol at the event; however, designated drivers will receive a complimentary Brew at the Zoo gift. All ticket holders will receive complimentary soda and water.

Are concessions available?

Yes, food will be available for purchase. There will be a several food trucks. Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. An ATM is located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center. A second ATM is located in the VIP area inside the Mane Grill. You must have a VIP ticket to use this ATM.

Complimentary soda and water will be available for all ticket holders.

Will the carousel be operating?

No, the carousel will be closed during the event. Please come back another day to enjoy the ride. Tickets are $3 each.

Is there a charge for parking?


Friends of the National Zoo encourages you to use public transportation and drink responsibly. To visit the Zoo by Metro, take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo entrance lies halfway between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
Get details about taking Metro to the Zoo

Do I need photo ID?

Yes, photo ID is required. Guests and designated drivers must be 21-and-over. Individuals under 21 will not be admitted into the event site.

Can I receive a refund?

No, ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. The event will be held rain or shine.

What methods of payment will be accepted at the event?

Credit cards are accepted at many but not all of the food trucks. An ATM is located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center. A second ATM is located in the VIP area inside the Mane Grill. You must have a VIP ticket to use this ATM.

Can I buy Group Tickets?

Brew at the Zoo is a fundraising event and we do not offer group ticket rates. FONZ members may purchase up to four tickets at the member price. Please contact Pam Bucklinger to learn more about our corporate packages.
Call 202.633.3026 or email Pam Bucklinger.

Where can I find out where my favorite brewery will be located at the event?

We will e-mail a Brew at the Zoo map a few days before the event.

Brew Games

Take a chance and win a prize! We will have a prize wheel at the event site. Play for a chance to win fun Brew at the Zoo prizes!

Will there be Brew at the Zoo Merchandise?

T-shirts and other Brew at the Zoo merchandise will be available at a merchandise table in the event area.

Where is the Event Located in the Zoo?

Brew at the Zoo will be located in the lower portion of the Zoo by Lion/Tiger Hill. Lion/Tiger Hill is about a 10 minute walk from the top of the zoo. There will be one registration location by Lemur Island and the Carousel.
See a map of the Zoo