Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. for Night Eyes; Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. for Night Eyes Admission: $11 Adults, $6 Child; Night Eyes Admission is $6 or $5/members
Zooktoberfest: Zoo + Oktoberfest fun
Blank Park Zoo’s hugely popular summer event, Zoo Brew, is coming back with an Oktoberfest twist Wednesday, October 2!
Presented by Community State Bank, Zooktoberfest will offer the perfect mash-up of all things Oktoberfest:
- German beer and food
- Polka music by the Barry Boyce band
- The chance to make your own pretzel necklace
- And, we have Zooktoberfest koozies for the first 750 guests!
Free samples will be available while they last, so make sure to come early. Samples include: Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest, Strongbow, Becks, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest and Paulaner Hefi.
Doors open at 5:30 and the festivities continue until 9 pm. Food will be provided by Curbin’ Cuisine and the Zoo’s Safari Grill, operated by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. Get the Safari Grill special of a tasty bratwurst with a fountain drink plus a pretzel or German potato salad for only $6.00! Curbin’ Cuisine’s Jarrod Fontanini will also be offering free samples of a German meatball dish while they last, and food will be available for purchase.
At 6:30, Omaha-based Barry Boyce Band will heighten the festivities – their performances include a variety of ethnic music featuring old-time German, Czech and Polish polkas. The three-man band features Barry Boyce on piano accordion, button accordion and vocals. You may have even seen them perform in Des Moines at the Hessen Haus!
And of course, it wouldn’t be Zooktoberfest without the animals of Blank Park Zoo. With the early October sunset, Blank Park Zoo’s outdoor animals will not be out for the evening, but Discovery Center will be open for you to visit the Zoo’s aquarium, birds and reptiles. You will also have the chance to meet several of the Zoo’s small critters and furry friends that are used for education all around the state and at the Zoo.
German beer, live music, Zoo animals, fun with friends –Zooktoberfest will be the Oktoberfest event of the fall! Zooktoberfest is for adults 21 and over and is FREE with your Zoo membership or $8 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets! We will also honor current and expired Groupons.
The first ever Zooktoberfest promises to be an event you don’t want to miss!