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Brew at the Zoo

July 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Drink beer. Save wildlife! Join Friends of the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.'s best beer festival on July 20. Enjoy great times and great brews with unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, exotic animal encounters, live music and entertainment, and fare from popular food trucks—it's a unique after-hours Zoo experience.

Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's mission to save species.

Event Highlights

Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy:

  • Unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries.
  • Exotic animal encounters.
  • Brew games! Spin the prize wheel for your chance to win Zoo prizes, and enjoy lawn games like Brew Corn Hole.
  • Fare from popular food trucks available for purchase.
  • The great feeling of knowing your ticket purchase has helped save species.

VIP Experiences

In addition to our general event attractions, there will also be exclusive experiences for VIP ticket holders:

  • Early access to Brew at the Zoo beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Exclusive VIP access to Great Cats Circle, with lion and tiger viewings.
  • Delicious tastings from top D.C. restaurants.
  • Generous pours from breweries exclusive to the VIP area.
  • Live music and entertainment.


Additional Details

  • Brew at the Zoo is an adult event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children are allowed.
  • Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
  • Credit cards are accepted at many but not all food trucks. ATMs are located at the Visitor’s Center and Mane Grill.
  • Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo.
  • Brew at the Zoo will be held rain or shine.