August 5th Hours: 10am to 2pm

Utica Zoo is closing at 2pm on August 5th to prepare for the Brewfest fundraiser from 6-9pm.

Utica Zoo Brewfest 2017

July 13, 2017



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On Saturday, August 5th from 6 to 9pm, the Utica Zoo will host the 19th 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 100 craft beers will be on tap for you to sample, including “Zoo York State IPA” from Woodland Farm Brewery, an IPA made from 100% New York State ingredients. Enjoy wine samples and hard cider too. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2017 Brewfest pint glass featuring the adorable and endangered red panda. Tickets include pint glass, beer, cider, and wine samples, admission to the zoo, live music by China Pig and Soup Bone Charlie, food samples from Applebee’s, Domino’s, Celtic Harp, 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. Prospect Falls Winery will be sampling wine and selling by the bottle, and Ashley Lynn Winery will be selling wine slushies. 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. All proceeds from Brewfest benefit the animals 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. Get home safe! Ride sharing from Uber and Lyft are encouraged. Visit uticazoo.org/brew for the latest information on Brewfest.

Ticket Prices:

  • General Admission: $35 in advance and $40 at the door
  • Utica Zoo Members: $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Member tickets are only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop and UTICAZOO.ORG/BREW. (Members, if you are ordering online, please enter your email as the promotional code FIRST to get the member discount.)
  • Designated Drivers: $20 in advance and at the door. Designated drivers will not be served alcohol at the event.

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

Breweries: NY – 16 Stone Brewpub, 1911 Hard Cider, Adirondack Brewery, Blue Point Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Brown’s Brewing, Bronx Brewery, Butternuts Beer & Ale, Copper City Brewing, Cortland Beer Company, Cooperstown Brewing, Critz Farms Brewing & Cider, Empire Farmstead Brewery, Fulton Chain Craft Brewery, Good Nature Farm Brewery, Ithaca Beer, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Middle Ages Brewing, Mill House Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, Genesee Brewing, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, Sackets Harbor Brewing, Saranac Brewery, Shmaltz Brewing, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Tier Brewing, Upstate Brewing, Woodland Farm Brewery CA – 21st Amendment Brewery, Ballast Point Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Stone Brewing CO – Left Hand Brewing, New Belgium Brewing CT – Smirnoff Seltzer DE – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery IL – Goose Island Beer Company LA – Abita Brewing MA – Boston Beer, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Wachusett Brewing MD – Flying Dog Brewery ME – Allagash Brewing, Shipyard Brewing MI – Bell’s Brewery, Founders Brewing NC – Oskar Blues Brewery NH – Smuttynose Brewing PA – Troegs Independent Brewing UT – Uinta Brewing VT – Harpoon Brewery, Long Trail Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing, Switchback Brewing, Woodchuck Hard Cider WA – Mikes Hard Lemonade WI – Leinenkugel’s Belgium – Stella Artois Czech – Pilsner Urquell Denmark – Carlsberg England – Strongbow Germany – Schofferhoffer Ireland – Guiness. Wineries: Prospect Falls Winery and wine slushies by Ashley Lynn Winery.

Brewfest is sponsored by: The Marketing Firm, WUTR, Perfex Corporation, Townsquare Media, Marcy Discount Beverage, Tri-Valley Beverage, Saranac, McCraith Beverage, Spirit & Sanzone, Boulevard Trailers, Brownies Tents, PJ Green, Whitesboro Frame & Body, Wells Fargo Advisors, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Clinton Tractor, and McQuade & Bannigan. Food provided by: Applebee’s, Domino’s, Celtic Harp and UNO Pizzeria & Grill.

Zoo Hours: Please note that the Utica Zoo is open from 10AM to 2PM on this day and will reopen at 6PM for Brewfest.

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