21st annual Brewfest returns to the Utica Zoo

On Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Utica Zoo will host the 21st annual Brewfest fundraising event, the zoo’s largest adult fundraiser of the year. The beer tasting event takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Utica Zoo under large tents and a pavilion, rain or shine.

More than 120 craft beers, ciders, seltzers, and malt beverages will be available for visitors to sample; enjoy wine samples and wine slushies from Ashley Lynn Winery, too.

The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2019 Brewfest pint glass. Tickets include pint glass, beer, cider, hard seltzer, malt beverage and wine samples, admission to the zoo, live music by China Pig and Soup Bone Charley, food samples from Applebee’s, Domino’s, Celtic Harp, The Grapevine Restaurant, Texas Roadhouse and UNO Pizzeria & Grill.

Participate in a silent auction inside the zoo’s auditorium, where you can bid-on and win electronics, gift certificates, lawn & garden equipment, jewelry, and more.

Complimentary water and soda will be available for all attendees. Brewfest is a 21 & over event, and you must have a ticket and photo ID to enter. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. All proceeds from Brewfest benefit the animals and exhibit enhancements at the Utica Zoo!

Free parking is available at the Utica Zoo on a first come first served basis, with overflow parking at MVCC Payne Hall Lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Free shuttle buses will take you to and from the zoo. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo. Drive Safely! Ride sharing from Uber and Lyft are encouraged. Visit uticazoo.org/brew for the latest information on Brewfest.

Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $40 in advance and $45 at the door
  • Utica Zoo Members: $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Member tickets are only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop and UTICAZOO.ORG/BREW via Eventbrite. (Members, if you are ordering online, please enter your membership email as the promotional code FIRST to get the member discount.)
  • Designated Drivers: $25 in advance and at the door. Designated drivers will not be served alcohol at the event.

Ticket Locations – Cash or Check: Utica Zoo Gift Shop, 16 Stone Brewing, Beer Belly Bob’s, Beer Here, Chanatry’s, Copper City Brewing, One Realty Partners New Hartford, Gems Along the Mohawk, Marcy Discount Beverage, Saranac Brewery Shop, and Woodland Brewery. Credit or Debit: UticaZoo.org/brew, Eventbrite.com, and Utica Zoo Gift Shop.

Zoo Hours: Please note that the Utica Zoo is open from 10AM to 1PM on this day and will reopen at 6PM for Brewfest. Utica Zoo will return to regular admission hours of 10am-4:45pm on Sunday, August 4.

“Brewfest has become a staple in the Utica area for the last 20 years, and every year it gets better and better!” said Mark Simon, Marketing Coordinator at the Utica Zoo. “With the help of our sponsors and local beverage distributors, we are able to raise the bar every year and provide greater beverage options above and beyond just craft beer, greater silent auction items to bid on, and with all the hard work we put in throughout the summer on the grounds, Brewfest 21 is shaping up to be the best Brewfest yet. If you love beer, live music, or just enjoying a beautiful summer evening with 3,000 of your closest friends, Brewfest is absolutely for you!”

To stay up to date on all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org. Daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @UticaZoo.

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