SAVE THE DATE 09/18/2021
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for VIP guests
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for General Admission guests


San Diego Zoo


This tasty night for wildlife benefits the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, an international nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors: the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 


3,000+ guests


What should I wear to the party?

Cocktail Casual is appropriate. Comfortable shoes are recommended to enjoy the entire party. The tastings and entertainment are spread out around the San Diego Zoo grounds.

Are all the food and beverage tastings included in the ticket price?

Yes! The event is all-inclusive. Guests pay one price for admission and enjoy free samples from scores of restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Complimentary soft drinks and water are also available throughout the party. 

When does the party start?

6:30 p.m. for VIP guests

7:30 p.m. for General Admission guests

Are children allowed?

No, guests must be 21 or over to attend. Infants, children, and strollers are not permitted. 

Do I have to be a Zoo member to attend?

No, you don’t need to be a member to purchase a ticket. There are no member discounts for the event.

Will I get a chance to see Zoo wildlife?

There will be wildlife presentations in various locations throughout the night.

What if I get tired? Are there places to sit?

Tables and chairs are located throughout the party area. There will also be several VIP Lounges that will be open only to VIP ticketholders.

If I use a wheelchair/walker/cane, can I still enjoy the party?

Yes, the party covers an area that is mostly level with some gentle inclines. You must bring your own wheelchair as Front Street Rentals will NOT be open during Celebration.

What about parking?

Parking is free in the main Zoo lot. Taxis and rideshare drivers are available all evening.

Will the entire Zoo be open the night of the event?

No, only the areas within the party footprint.

Will there be nonalcoholic beverages served?

Yes, several beverage vendors will feature sodas, bottled waters, and other non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the party.

Are cameras allowed?

Yes! #sdzoocelebration

What is San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance doing to protect team members, guests, and wildlife during the COVID-19 pandemic?

At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, the safety of our guests, team members, and wildlife are, and always will be, our highest priority. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park follow the guidance set forth by health authorities, including the CDC, along with requirements of the state of California and San Diego County.

Notwithstanding our efforts, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease and guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit. Attendees, partners, vendors, entertainment, volunteers, and staff participating in Food, Wine & Brew Celebration acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that they may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, limitations, restrictions, and changes to event operating protocols and benefits may apply. Date and time of operation, attraction and service availability may vary and are subject to change without notice, subject to capacity and cancellation.

What if it rains or the event is canceled due to COVID-19?

If it rains, the event will not be held. In the unlikely event that Food, Wine & Brew Celebration is canceled for any reason, please consider your ticket purchase a donation to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Are event tickets considered a tax donation?

Event tickets purchased, less the fair market value of the benefits received, is deductible for income tax purposes. FMV for General Admission: $60, FMV for VIP Admission: $90

What about Pick Your Prize?

Pick Your Prize tickets will be available for purchase during the event. There are four prizes, including air travel for two on Alaska Airlines, Official sponsor of the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 

PRIZE: Winner will receive and two (2) round-trip coach class air travel certificates courtesy of Alaska Airlines.  The approximate retail value of prize is $580 total. The travel authorization (certificate) is valid for flights served by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Airlines and/or applicable Skywest Airlines flights. Mileage Plan Miles cannot be earned or credited. First Class paid upgrades or mileage plan upgrades are allowed. Connections are also allowed (subject to fare rules) First Bag Free for Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders. See our checked baggage policy and flight schedules at www.alaskaair.com for more details. Individual travel taxes may apply.  Once ticketed, fare rules apply regarding changes to itinerary. The certificate is valid for one year from date of issue with no extensions permitted. Winner and guest must possess all necessary documentation required for air travel (e.g., a valid, government-issued driver’s license, U.S. passport, etc.).
The following black-out dates apply:  NOV 19-29, 2021 and DEC 17, 2021 - JAN 4, 2022. The certificate is void if bartered or sold. If lost, the certificate may not be reissued.
Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes (or a portion thereof) of equal or greater value. No substitutions or transfers of prize(s) are permitted by the winner(s), except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.
All taxes and all other costs associated with acceptance or use of the above prize(s) are the sole responsibility of the applicable winner.


Celebration was started as Kicks for Critters in 1980 by San Diego Chargers place-kicker Rolf Benirschke to raise money to support the San Diego Zoo’s conservation research efforts. Since that time it has taken on several names, including Celebration for the Critters, San Diego Food & Wine Celebration, and now the San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration, which best describes what guests can expect to experience when they join the party to help #endextinction! 

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