Brew at the Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, August 17, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who helped make Brew at the Zoo 2019 a success! We hope to see you at next year's event!



21+ Event
Please note, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 2:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2:00 p.m.) on August 17 in preparation for this event.

General Admission (August 1 - 16): $60
Day-of Admission: $65
VIP Admission: $100 SOLD OUT

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Map and "Go To" Guide

Don’t miss the 10th annual Brew at the Zoo! Walk on the wild side as you sample offerings from a variety of breweries and restaurants. Sip some delicious brews and visit with western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and other species in the Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion, as well as giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and many other animals. Don’t miss a visit to Aussie Aviary, a seasonal free-flight aviary featuring brightly-colored budgies. The entire zoo, with the exception of the Bird's World building and playground, will be open for this event (weather permitting). 

This year only, venture through our Wicked BIG Bugs exhibit, where roles will be reversed as you find yourself looking up into the eyes of an 8-foot-tall tarantula, or at the tail of a mighty emperor scorpion looming 15 feet in the air! Open until 7:45 p.m.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Forest Hills MBTA station and the Zoo. See below for more details.

VIP Perks:

VIP ticket-holders get extra perks, including exclusive food and beer sampling from John Harvards in our VIP tent from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., event T-shirt, and the chance to hang with two-toed sloth Molasses, along with a few more amazing animal ambassadors! Please note: This is subject to change due to weather and animals' needs.

Thank you!

Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Breweries and Other Beverages

 Aeronaut Logo  Boneup Logo  TrueNorth
 Cambridgebrewingco Logo Lagunitas (1)  Willies Logo
Downtheroad Logo Mayflowerbrewing   John Harvard's
Startline Logo Castleisland Logo Whalers
 Bantamcider greater good brewery brooklyn brewery
Tap Brewing Smirnoff Seltzer
Dorchester Brewing Company

Backlash Beer Co

Victory Brewing Company 

Southern Tier Brewing

Sixpoint Brewing Company

House Bear Brewing 

Itz Spritz Bravazzi

Archer Roose 

Martha's Spiked Lemonade UFO

Samuel Adams

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Zelus Beer Company

Clown Shoes Beer  





7 ate 9 just hummus 110 Grill


California Pizza Kitchen




Fun & Entertainment


mystical misfitsMystical Misfits

Mystical Misfits deliver original interpretations of grateful dead music and other classic rock songs, infusing groovy rhythms, group improvisation, and searing solos. A blend of rock, blues, and country, with passionate vocals, getting everyone in the audience dancing and singing. They have been performing together twice a month for 8 years at the midway cafe in Jamaica Plain.


Giantfoot is your friendly neighborhood cover band, specializing in re-imagining modern and classic hits by putting them through the prism of their unique and tasteful yet groovy sound. Based out of Waltham, Massachusetts, Giantfoot has been playing all over the New England area. Originally formed in 2015 as a one show, ad-hoc ensemble of already established Boston musicians, the band realized that their unique and intersecting musical tastes and styles meshed perfectly together. As such, Giantfoot was formed and continued to rock all around New England.

Rene Ann BandRene Ann Band

Rene Ann Band is a 4 piece band that features a female lead singer that’s a multi-instrumentalist featuring the fiddle, accompanied by an electric guitar, harmonies, and a grooving rhythm section guaranteed to keep the dance floor moving all night. Our funky covers range from artists like Toto to Justin Timberlake to Nelly to Bruno Mars. Come get your groove on!


Glow Booth USAGlow Booth USA

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Strike a pose and have your souvenir photo sent right to your phone!



Transportation will be provided to and from the Forest Hills MBTA station and the Zoo at the following times, running continuously:

  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Forest Hills MBTA to Franklin Park Zoo's Giraffe Entrance
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Franklin Park Zoo's Giraffe Entrance to Forest Hills MBTA

Zoo staff will be available to assist in boarding buses.


What is included in my ticket?

Your ticket includes beer and food samples, as well as a chance to see the animals. You will also receive a commemorative Brew at the Zoo sampler cup to use throughout the event!

How early can I enter the Zoo with my event ticket (does it include normal zoo admission for the day)?

Ticket holders will be able to enter the Zoo at 5:00 p.m. Please be aware that IDs will be checked at the gate.

Brew at the Zoo tickets do not include regular daytime Zoo admission. If you would like to visit the Zoo during normal operating hours, you will need to purchase a regular zoo admission ticket. View rates and hours of operation. 

Please note that the zoo will be closing at 3:00 p.m. for event set-up on August 17, so you will need to re-enter with your Brew at the Zoo ticket at the start of the event. 

Will there be food?

Yes! Food samples will be provided by the Food & Beverage vendors listed above. In addition, the Giddy-Up Grill will be giving out complimentary hot dogs and French fries, as well as food available for purchase.

What if I won't be drinking beer? Do I still need to buy a ticket?

Yes, a ticket and an ID are required for everyone attending the event. There are no discounted tickets for those who will not be drinking beer.

Will there be non-alcoholic beverages at the event?

Yes. Drinks will be available for purchase in the Giddy-Up Grill. In addition, complimentary water will be available.

What are the event hours?

5:00-9:00 p.m.

Where do I park?

You may park at the parking lot by our “Zebra Entrance” on Franklin Park Road, or our “Giraffe Entrance” off Pierpont Road. View map.

Will transportation be provided?

Yes, there will be a shuttle bus from Forest Hills T Station to the “Zebra Entrance” of the zoo from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. From 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. the shuttle bus will be going between the “Zebra Entrance” of the zoo back to Forest Hills T Station.

Can I purchase tickets at the gate?

Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available for $65 at the gate. 

What do I wear to the event?

Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the event is rain or shine and features both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Are backpacks allowed?

Backpacks, totes and shopping bags are allowed and will be subject to search.

What's the age limit? Do I need an ID?

Brew at the Zoo is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at the gate. Children and infants will not be admitted. This is for insurance and liability reasons.

What breweries are represented?

You can check the list of breweries above. 

Is the whole Zoo open during the event?

Yes, the entire Zoo will be open except the Bird's World building! Please note that some exhibits will close early due to sunset. We cannot guarantee that a certain animal will be out, as that will depend on each animal's needs the day of the event.

Will the event be held in inclement weather?

Yes, the event is held rain or shine – please make sure you dress comfortably for the weather.

Do I need to bring my own glass?

No. Each guest will be given a commemorative Brew at the Zoo sampler cup.

Is this event raising money for the Zoo?

Yes! Brew at the Zoo ticket sales and merchandise sales help us raise money to benefit Zoo New England’s operation and continued growth, its education programs and conservation initiatives.

Can I receive a refund?

No, ticket sales are FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. The event is held rain or shine.

What methods of payment will be taken at the event?

Cash or credit (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or Amex) will be taken at the event. Checks may be made out to Zoo New England. Tickets will be $65 the day of Brew at the Zoo.

When is last call?

Beer samples will be available until 9:00 p.m.

May I bring an infant or young child with me?

No. Absolutely no one under 21 years of age is allowed at Brew at the Zoo. This is for insurance and liability reasons.

Share your Brew experience!

We invite you to share your photos from the event by sharing them on your social media pages and tagging them with the official event hashtag, #BrewFPZ. You can find us on Twitter (@ZooNewEngland), Instagram (@ZooNewEngland), and Facebook (/FranklinParkZoo) and Snapchat (@ZooNewEngland).

Brewery/Restaurant Participation Application

View and submit our 2019 Brewery Participation Application here

For more information about hosting a sampling station, please contact Rachel Bennett at rbennett@zoonewengland.org or 617-379-5122.


Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Kevin Milhomme at kmilhomme@zoonewengland.org or 617-989-2692 for more information.