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Zoofari: Bite Night | A Benefit for Wildlife

May 16, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

DC's longest-running restaurant tasting event returns — and in 2019, it's more appetizing than ever!

On Thursday, May 16, join Friends of the National Zoo for ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife sponsored by GEICO. This glamorous evening features exotic animals, unforgettable entertainment and the best gourmet bites in the city. Enjoy delicious food from the D.C. area's best restaurants and fine wine from its best vintners, all while supporting the Smithsonian’s work to save endangered animals around the world.

Four fantastic VIP packages include access to an exclusive VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., with the finest food and cocktails, as well as special parking opportunities, express check-in and more.

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  • Enjoy complimentary food tastings from Washington, DC’s top restaurants
  • Meet animals up close and learn more about the Zoo's most popular residents
  • Visit animal houses after hours
  • Bid at a silent auction with animal-themed items and exclusive getaways
  • Drink complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and water
  • Enjoy live entertainment and wild activities
  • Take advantage of exclusive experiences for VIP ticket holders, including access to the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., and a pre-party reception (for silver level and above)


  • ZooFari is an adult event. No babies, children or strollers will be allowed.
  • Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
  • Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo.
  • ZooFari will be held rain or shine.



Smithsonian's National Zoo // 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, WDC 20008