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 more than 160 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.
Can I buy a Pick-Your-Prize ticket at the event?
Yes, tickets are $10 each, or $20 for the Alaska Airlines drawing, and are available at the Pick-Your-Prize table inside the party. You can also buy tickets from our roaming ticket sellers during the party. Each entry for Eat and Drink, and/or Zoo Membership will be eligible for multiple drawings throughout the night of the event. Only one winner will be selected for the Alaska Airlines drawing. Winners will be chosen and notified at the end of the party. You do not have to be present to win.
Will I get a chance to see Zoo animals?
Joan Embery and her animal friends will be on stage on Flamingo Plaza from 7–8:30 p.m. and there will be other Animal Presentations in various locations throughout the night.
What is the Critter Casino?
Our Critter Casino includes black jack, poker, roulette, and craps tables, with a chance to win some great prizes. When you win a game, you can exchange your chips for drawing tickets. Prize details will be posted in the casino area.
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?
What if it rains?
If it rains, the event will not be held. Please consider your ticket purchase a donation to San Diego Zoo Global.
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
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!