Tickets for ZooFari at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for ZooFari—D.C.'s foodie event of the year that drives diners wild. Food aficionados are invited to unleash their taste buds and sample delicious dishes from the area's finest restaurants and vintners. ZooFari, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, will be held May 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


In addition to gourmet fare from more than 100 restaurants and vintners, ZooFari will feature entertainment that will leave guests craving more. “Top Chef” finalists Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella (just crowned the winner of “The People's Best New Chef” in the mid-Atlantic region), will host a Zoo-themed cake decorating contest. Between bites, guests will enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical performances and live animal demonstrations.


Tickets are available on the Zoo's website or at any National Zoo gift shop. (The event may sell out, so please purchase tickets early.) Prices are as follows:


  • $150 FONZ member
  • $200 non-member

Groups should consider purchasing special tables for 10. Tables include tickets for a group of guests, access to the LivingSocial Lion Lounge, and valet parking passes. Visit the Zoo's website for more information about tables.


ZooFari benefits many Zoo initiatives, from new and improved exhibits, such as American Trail (opening this summer), to conservation and research programs dedicated to the survival of species such as the Asian elephant, tiger, and cheetah. Sponsors for ZooFari include: Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Comcast, GEICO, LivingSocial, MIX 107.3 – WRXQ, NBC4, Rosenthal Jaguar/Land Rover, Washingtonian magazine, and 105.9 WMAL.

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