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Brew at the Zoo

  • Utica Zoo 78-96 Utica Zoo Way Utica, NY, 13501 United States (map)

On Saturday, August 6th from 6 to 9pm the Utica Zoo will host the 18th Annual Brewfest fundraising event, its largest fundraiser of the year. The event takes place on the beautiful and historic grounds of the Utica Zoo under large tents and a pavilion, rain or shine. Over 100 craft beers and hard ciders will be on tap for you to sample. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2016 Brewfest pint glass. This year’s pint glass features the critically endangered Chinese Alligator. 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, and jewelry. Mohawk Valley 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 from 5:30PM to 9:30PM. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo. Free cab rides home by calling 1-800 LAW 1010 while at the event, courtesy of Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti.

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 the EventBrite form below. (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: Utica Zoo Gift Shop, Marcy Discount Beverage, Chanatry’s, Beer Here, Gems along the Mohawk, Woodland Hop Farm & Fermentation 


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