Experience the National Zoo like never before at the "Zoo Uncorked" event, which will benefit conservation efforts.

Lions, tigers, and wine, oh my! Donate to a good cause and get your wine-tasting on at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. With Total Wine & More as one of the sponsors, you know they'll be pouring the good stuff! Everything you taste will be rated 90 or more, so be prepared to discover some new favorites. See a full list of the wines here.

You'll have the run of the place, with many of the popular exhibits staying open after hours just for event guests. Take a break from the unlimited wine tastings and visit some of your favorite animals. This is also a great time to join the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) to get discounts on events, parking, and more.

Event Details

WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 6–9 p.m.
WHERE: Smithsonian's National Zoo | 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW | Washington, D.C.
TICKETS: $70 for General Admission | $30 for Designated Drivers | Available to purchase online
FONZ TICKETS: $55 for General Admission
PARKING: $25 in Lot B | $15 for FONZ members
METRO: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan or Cleveland Park stops

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The VIP Experience

For just a little bit more, you can really savor the event with tastings from some of the city's best restaurants. You'll also have a designated VIP area with a DJ and special visits from zoo animals! VIP tickets are $115 per person, or $95 per person for FONZ members.

Know Before You Go

  • This is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds will be issued.
  • You must be 21 and up to attend this event. You may be asked to present valid identification at the gate.
  • Children are not allowed at this event, even babies in strollers. Time to call the sitter!
  • Food trucks will be on hand in case you get the munchies.

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For more information, visit the event website or call the zoo at (202) 633-3045.

**All of the photos in this article are courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Zoo website.

Are you looking forward to this Zoo Uncorked event? Have you experienced the VIP section, and is it worth the extra money? Let us know in the comments!