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Tickets

Individual Event Prices:

  • Individual event: Members $45 | Non-Members $50
  • Individual event, with VIP: Members $75 | Non-Members $80

Designated Driver Prices:

  • Individual Event: Members $25 | Non-Members $30
  • Individual Event, with VIP: Members $55 | Non-Members $60

Wild About Wine, Cocktails for Conservation and Zoo Brew Tickets

Non-Member Tickets

Individual Tickets

Event Ticket Includes:
  • Access to animal habitats throughout the Zoo until twilight
  • 12 drink-sampling tickets
  • Commemorative wine glass
  • Welcome drink
  • Wide variety of food available for purchase
  • Animal encounters and chats
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Meet and greet with our Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) scientists to learn about what they do!
  • Something for everyone… beer samples will also be available throughout the event.
  • Saving Species – The great feeling that your ticket purchase went to saving species
Your VIP Ticket Includes:
  • Everything included with the event ticket plus what’s listed below.
  • Early admission, one-hour before the event
  • Exclusive access to indoor, air-conditioned areas (Peacock Pavilion & Safari Lodge) from 5:30pm through 8pm
  • Private parking and entrance from Safari Parking lot
  • Two additional drink-sampling tickets (14 total)
  • Complimentary food samples from local restaurants
  • Private animal encounters
Details:
  • Additional drink tickets available for purchase at select locations
  • Designated driver tickets available
  • Credit cards are accepted at most food stations.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the Zoo
  • Event held rain or shine
  • You will receive your lanyard with 12 drink-sampling tickets upon presenting event ticket at entry.
  • This is an adult event; all guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. No babies or children permitted.  Bags will be subject to search.
  • Guests without valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
  • Programs will be emailed to ticket purchasers prior to the event and uploaded to this web page the day of the event.

Music from Q102 DJ’s and The Grove will be playing throughout the night. The Grove is a Cincinnati, OH based Jam-Rock band that has put ten years of heart and soul into everything they have delivered. The four members have come a long a way from sharing their music to Ohio University students at their house parties on Grosevenor Street (Hint: The Grove) to sharing stages with guitarist Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) and blues legend Davy Knowles.

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The Grove’s origins were, started by Adam Forsthoefel and drummer Jeff Voegele, who attended high school together in Anderson, Ohio. Prior to forming the group, Forsthoefel became known in his own rite as a local guitar phenomenon. He was regularly invited to open Cincinnati Reds games at the Great American Ball Park with his rendition of the national anthem, and made the rounds doing interviews for local radio stations and NPR.

After High School, Forsthoefel and Voegele moved to Athens, OH to attend Ohio University, where they started playing with local Athens players at venues such as Jackie O’s and The Union. Eventually they joined with members of the band Standing on Friday, and rehearsals began at their house on Grosvenor Street. These rehearsals at “The Grove” started becoming informal shows; it wasn’t long before the band that was born there became a mainstay of the Athens music scene, releasing their debut CD “Procuriosity” in December of 2012. In addition to playing in Athens, The Grove made frequent trips back to Cincinnati, playing local music festivals and at the famed Fountain Square.

When Forsthoefel and Voegele returned to Cincinnati after graduation, they decided to keep The Grove alive and added new members to replace those it had left in Athens-Adam’s brother Matthew Forsthoefel on keyboards, and bassist Stefan Games holding down the low end. They then quickly got to work re-introducing themselves to the Cincinnati scene, playing local buzz rooms like The Northside Tavern, Bogarts, Madison Theater, Stanley’s Pub, and The Backstage Café. The band continues to write and record new music while winning new fans with their energetic live show and solid musicianship.

Toast to the Wild General Info

Thank you for your interest in supporting “A Toast To The Wild – Tasting Series”. These events benefit the Lindner Center for the Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. CREW is internationally recognized for their signature research involving rhinos, small cats, exceptional plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research.

The series is comprised of four sampling events – Cocktails for Conservation, Wild About Wine (two events) and Zoo Brew.

FAQ

If I have a question about the event, who can I contact?

For questions about the event, you can send an email to: [email protected].

What does the VIP ticket include?

The VIP experience includes VIP only entrance to the Zoo starting at 5:30pm, an hour before the rest of the event, a private entrance and parking, and exclusive access to the indoor, air-conditioned areas.  Food samples will also be provided by local restaurants for you to enjoy, along with 2 additional drink samples for VIP guests.

Where do I park?

Please park in the Zoo’s main parking lot at 3400 Vine Street. You can find directions and additional parking details at: Directions and Parking Just look for the solar panels!

Our VIP guests will park in our Safari Parking Lot.  You will enter Gate 4 at 3498 Dury Ave and follow the road down to the main parking lot.  Safari Parking Lot is shown as the overflow parking lot closest to Forest Ave here: Directions and Parking

If you are entering the Zoo after 6:30pm, you will need to park in the Vine Street parking lot.

What if I don't receive my ticket/confirmation email?

Your confirmation email will have an attached PDF which holds your ticket. Print out a copy of the attachment/ticket and bring it with you the evening of the event.  If you did not receive an email, check your SPAM folder as well as your Trash folder.   If those turn up blank, please either arrive a little early with your confirmation number or email our Visitor Experience Team at  [email protected].

With my Toast to the Wild ticket, am I able to come earlier in the day and enjoy the Zoo until the event starts?

Your Toast to the Wild ticket is good for admission beginning at 6:30pm on the scheduled event date.  Please visit the ticketing page on our website to learn more about planning your visit to the Zoo.

Is there food at the event?

You will find a wide variety of food options, available for purchase, throughout the event.

Will there be vegetarian food options?

Yes, we will have a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options available for purchase.

Will you have non-alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, there will be stations serving complimentary Pepsi products and water during the event.

Will the event be held if there is inclement weather?

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

How much of my ticket purchase supports CREW?

$35 of each ticket goes directly to support CREW’s research both here and abroad.

Where can I learn more about supporting CREW?

The Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) was the first of its kind, state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. CREW is internationally recognized for their research with many projects including work with rhinos, small cats, endangered plants and polar bears. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of only three Zoos in the United States to have a facility dedicated to conservation and research. You can read more about CREW at: Crew Homepage.

Can I bring my children to the event?

Toast to the Wild events are for adults only as they feature alcoholic beverages – you must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

Once we have reached capacity via pre-purchased ticket sales, we are unable to sell any additional tickets at the door. We highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets.

What do I wear?

Please dress comfortably for a fun evening at the Zoo – remember the events are rain/shine and feature both indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the Zoo.

I am a Zoo member, can I purchase discounted tickets?

Yes!   We are excited to offer Zoo members a discounted rate this year!

Can I get a tax deduction for my ticket purchase?

$35 of each event ticket is tax deductible.  You can find this information on your receipt.

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