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Night of the Living Zoo Guests

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Save the Date: Friday, October 30, 2015.

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Night of the Living Zoo
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30 - 10 PM

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

Tickets are sold out!

Ticket Information

General Admission:

$20 FONZ members
$30 nonmembers

VIP Tickets:

$55 FONZ members
$80 nonmembers

General Admission Ticket

Includes live music, performance artists—including stilt walkers, fire breathers, illusionists, as well as access to animal exhibits after hours and glow in the dark lawn games. Also, all guests will receive complimentary water and soda.

VIP Ticketholders

Includes access to an exclusive VIP area, heavy hors d'oeuvres, animal demonstrations, private tarot card readings, a karaoke DJ, and 2 tickets for adult "elixirs."

Please note: If the event does not sell out, we will be selling tickets at the door. Tickets will be $5 more the night of the event.


FONZ encourages you to take public transportation and drink responsibly.
Metro: The Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance is between the Red Line's Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stops.
Uber is Night of the Living Zoo’s exclusive transportation partner this year! New to Uber? Sign up with the promo code NOLZDC for $20 off your first ride (new users only. not valid on uberTAXI). Visit www.uber.com/go/NOLZDC or download the Uber app with the promo code NOLZDC.
Parking: Parking at the event will be $22.

Event Details

  • Zoo access during the witching hours
  • After-hours access to the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, and Reptile Discovery Center
  • Live entertainment by the award winning troupe of performance artists Cheeky Monkey Sideshow
  • Costume contest at 8:30 p.m. with prizes for the most creative costumes
  • Airbrush tattoo artist providing temporary tattoos
  • Live entertainment by popular local act DJ Squirrel
  • Carousel rides for $2 per ride
  • 14-person, pedal-powered, pub-crawling trolley rides by The Trolley Pub

Participating Breweries and Food Trucks

General Admission Area

  • Founders
  • Port City
  • Lagunitas
  • Potters Cider
  • Champion

VIP Area

  • Port city

Food Trucks
Food is available for purchase from some amazing food trucks that will be on site. Not all of the food trucks accept credit cards. ATMs are located at the Visitor Center and inside the Mane Grill. Don't miss these exciting participants:

  • Big Cheese
  • DC Slices
  • DC Empanadas
  • Tasty Kabob
  • Sodexo

The Fine Print

You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event. A valid ID is required for admission. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-replaceable. This is an adults-only event. Babies and children will not be admitted. Please drink responsibly. Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. Night of the Living Zoo will be held rain or shine.

Sponsor This Event

Companies interested in sponsoring the event will receive valuable benefits ranging from logo ID on event and advertising materials to onsite signage, sampling opportunities, and complimentary tickets. For more information, email Jackie Vinick. or Pam Bucklinger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be animals at the event?

There will be after-hours access to the Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center and Think Tank. Also, the lions and tigers will be out in the Great Cats exhibit. 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.

Are concessions available?

Yes, food, beer, and wine, will be available for purchase. There will be a several food trucks as well as food carts. Credit cards are accepted at many, but not all of the food trucks. ATMs are located inside the Zoo at the Visitor Center and Mane Restaurant.

Where is the Event Located in the Zoo?

Night of the Living Zoo will be located in the middle portion of the Zoo between Small Mammal House and the Carousel. The Small Mammal House is about a 10 minute walk from the top of the zoo. There will be one registration location by the Small Mammal House.