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Friday, February 14, 2014

Talks at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.


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What time should I arrive for my seating?

This answer varies depending on the time of your seating.

6:30 p.m. seating—please arrive no earlier than 6:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to get your drink, eat some of the light snacks, and participate in the activity prior to or after your seating.

8:00 p.m. seating—please arrive at least a half hour prior to your seating so you will have time to get your drink, eat some light snacks, and participate in the activity prior to your seating. The activity and food will end at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Is ID required for this event?


You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event and a valid ID is required for admission.

Where do I go once I arrive?

All guests should go the front entrance of the Visitor Center. Registration will be directly at the front door. This event is for ages 21 and over, so please be sure to have your photoID ready.

Is parking included in the price of my ticket?

Yes, parking is included in the price of your ticket.

Guests driving to this event should park in Lot A. To walk to the Visitor Center please cross the road you drove in on and follow the walkway up to the right. The first building on your right will be the Visitor Center. Please follow the pathway around to the front of the building.

FONZ encourages you to take public transportation and drink responsibly. Metro is a great way to come to the Zoo. The National Zoo is located between the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park stops.

More information on taking the Metro to the Zoo

Will the animal houses be open?

No, the rest of the Zoo will be closed during this event.

Will there be live animals at this event?

There will be an animal demonstration prior to the start of the lecture. One animal will be featured at the front of the auditorium. 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 food will be available and will there be a cost?

Complimentary light snacks will be offered.

What drinks will be available and will there be a cost?

The price of your ticket includes one drink. Any additional drinks may be purchased at a cash bar. Available drinks will include a specialty drink, wine, beer, soda, and water.

Will there be activities for guests at this event?

Yes! Between 6:00pm and 8:00pm guests will be able to decorate a sweet for their sweetie, visit our Valentine Fortuneteller to learn more about their love life, and try out our photobooth with their sweetheart. In addition, there will be animal demonstrations at the front of the auditorium at 6:00pm and 7:30pm. These activities are all complimentary, so please check them out!