Utica, NY – On Saturday, August 4th from 6 to 9 pm, 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 110 craft beers will be on tap for you to sample; enjoy samples of wine, hard seltzer, and hard cider, too. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2018 “20 Years of Beers” Brewfest pint glass featuring the adorable and endangered Cotton Top Tamarin. Tickets include pint glass, beer, cider, hard seltzer, 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, Texas Roadhouse 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. Ashley Lynn Winery will be selling their famous 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 and exhibit enhancements 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. Drive Safely! Ridesharing from Uber and Lyft are encouraged. Visit uticazoo.org/brew for the latest information on Brewfest.


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

 BREWERIES(Breweries in BOLD are NY State Breweries) NY – 16 Stone, Beak and Skiff 1911, Brooklyn Brewery, Browns Brewing, Butternuts, Cooperstown Brewing, Copper City Brewery, Crazy Williez Brewery, Critz Farms Cider, Ellicotville Brewing,Empire Brewery, Four Mile Brewery, Fulton Chain Brewery, Genesee Brewery, Good Nature Farm Brewery, Gun Hill Brewery, Ithaca Brewery, Lake Placid Brewery, McKenzie’s Cider, Middle Ages Brewery, Mill House Brewery, Nightshift Brewery, Ommegang Brewery, Saranac, Sixpoint Brewery, Southern Tier Brewery, The Bronx Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery CA – 21st Amendment, AleSmith Brewery,  Firestone Walker, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing Co. CO – Left Hand Brewery, New Belgium, Oskar Blues Brewery CT – Stoney Creek Brewery, Two Roads Brewery IL – Mike’s Hard, Social Sparkling Wine, White Claw LA – Abita Brewery  MA – Boston Brewing, Downeast Cider, Harpoon Brewery, Jack’s Abby, Sam Adams  ME – Allagash Brewing Co., Shipyard MI – Founders, New Holland Brewing    NH – Smuttynose Brewing Co. OH – Brewdog, Truly Hard Seltzer PA – Troegs Brewery VT – Long Trail, Magic Hat, Switchback, Von Trapp Brewery TX – Mighty Swell Brewing, Shiner Bock UT – Uinta Brewing WI – Leinenkugel Belgium – Stella Artois Canada – Collective Arts Denmark – Carlsberg.

Brewfest is sponsored by: I LOVE NY, The Marketing Firm, WUTR, Perfex Corporation, Townsquare Media, Marcy Discount Beverage, Tri-Valley Beverage, McCraith Beverage, Spirit & Sanzone, E-Z Bottle and Can Return Center,  Boulevard Trailers, Brownies Tents, Whitesboro Frame & Body, Wells Fargo Advisors, ABC Fire Extinguisher, Clinton Tractor, and McQuade & Bannigan. Food provided by: Applebee’s, Domino’s, Texas Roadhouse, Celtic Harp and UNO Pizzeria & Grill.

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

To stay up to date on all things Utica Zoo, visit UticaZoo.org. Daily updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @UticaZoo.

Utica Zoo creates unique experiences and promotes public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation and recreation. Located in Roscoe Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo was established in 1914 as part of a recreational complex made possible by the donation of land from Thomas R. Proctor. The zoo has grown from its beginnings of three Fallow Deer donated by the New York Zoological Society to its present collection of more than 100 species from around the world.


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