Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Jul
1
Sun
Plastic Free July @ Utica Zoo
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day

Plastic Free July is a fun challenge that gets us all thinking about the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis and helps us realize the impact that plastics have on our environment and animals.

Our entire staff has dedicated the month of July to look at our own plastic practices and find ways to reduce the amount of plastic being used; from drinking straws to packaging. Will you join the Utica Zoo team for the Plastic Free July challenge?

Jul
23
Mon
Summer Story Time at The Discovery Cottage @ The Discovery Cottage at The Utica Zoo
Jul 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us at the Utica Zoo every Monday at 10:30 AM this summer for fun animal stories. Story Time is free with your admission and will take place at the Discovery Cottage. It may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation.

Story Schedule for July:

July 2nd – The Mouse and the Meadow

July 9th – Lizards for Lunch

July 16th – Hide and Snake

July 23rd – The Busy Tree

July 30th – Hodge The Hedgehog

Monday Evening Education Series @ North Trek Trail Conservation Outpost
Jul 23 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This Weeks Theme: “To The Trees!”

Many animals, from invertebrates to birds, depend on trees to sustain their lifestyle. Join Zoo Educators to learn more about these fascinating animals and how the trees impact their food and shelter.

Jul
30
Mon
Summer Story Time at The Discovery Cottage @ The Discovery Cottage at The Utica Zoo
Jul 30 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Join us at the Utica Zoo every Monday at 10:30 AM this summer for fun animal stories. Story Time is free with your admission and will take place at the Discovery Cottage. It may include a craft, activity, or live animal presentation.

Story Schedule for July:

July 2nd – The Mouse and the Meadow

July 9th – Lizards for Lunch

July 16th – Hide and Snake

July 23rd – The Busy Tree

July 30th – Hodge The Hedgehog

Aug
4
Sat
20th Annual Brewfest (21+) @ Utica Zoo
Aug 4 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

On Saturday, August 4th from 6 to 9pm, the Utica Zoo will host the 20th 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, enjoy wine samples and hard cider too. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2018 Brewfest pint glass. Tickets include pint glass, beer, cider, and wine samples, admission to the zoo, live music by China Pig and Soup Bone Charlie, and food samples. 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. 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!

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. (Members, if you are ordering online, please enter your 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 – TBA

BreweriesTBA

Brewfest is sponsored by: TBA

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

Aug
6
Mon
Monday Evening Education Series @ Utica Zoo Auditorium
Aug 6 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This Week’s Theme: Birds of Prey

Join Zoo Educators at 5:30pm for a Birds of Prey presentation. Come early to examine an owl pellet and learn how birds of prey use structural adaptations to be the fiercest predators in the sky.

Aug
13
Mon
Monday Evening Education Series @ The Discovery Cottage at The Utica Zoo
Aug 13 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This Week’s Theme: Spineless Wonders

From slugs to spiders, invertabrates are amazing and diverse. Meet a few of our ambassador insects and make a cool dragonfly to take home with you.

Aug
20
Mon
Monday Evening Education Series @ Children's Zoo
Aug 20 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This Week’s Theme: Down on the Farm

No Farms; No Food. Farms feed the world!

Come to the Children’s Zoo and learn about life on a farm. Learn about the daily lives of numerous farm animals and see how food chains impact the overall food web on and off a farm.

Make a felt ball to take home.

Sep
8
Sat
NYPA’s Wildlife Festival @ Utica Zoo
Sep 8 @ 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM

New York Power Authority’s annual Wildlife Festival at the Utica Zoo. Free admission for everyone courtesy of the New York Power Authority.

Oct
20
Sat
Spooktacular Day 1
Oct 20 all-day

Join us on October 20 and 21 for our annual Spooktacular fundraiser.