Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Save the Date: June 8, 2018 • Tickets on sale Feb. 1​​

Swing into Summer in style on June 8, 2018, with a ticket to Zoobilation presented by Indianapolis Power & Light Company. Zoobilation is a premier Indianapolis event and the biggest party for animal conservation in the city! Thanks to our friends at Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP, we'll have another outstanding evening featuring rocking musical groups scattered throughout the Zoo. And of course, Zoobilation wouldn't be complete without premium wine, festive specialty drinks and more than 70 indulgent restaurants with marvelous cuisine. 

In 2018, our Zoobilation theme focuses on the Zoo's newest exhibit — our troop of highly social, swinging and splashing monkeys called long-tailed macaques. These monkeys live in dense forest areas in Southeast Asia and that's right, they dive and swim. Secure your plans now to swing into Zoobilation and make a splash, because you won't want to miss Indy's hottest ticket in town!

The Zoo hosts Indiana's largest and most anticipated black-tie fundraiser on the second Friday of June each year, beginning with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP at 5:30pm followed by general admission from 7pm to midnight. Guests dress up in their favorite animal-inspired formal wear and join us for an indulgent evening of decadent foods provided by more than 70 of the area's best and most popular restaurants, rocking entertainment, top-shelf cocktails and beverages presented by Republic National Distributing Company and served at 13 public bars — all set amid the Indianapolis Zoo's amazing animals and exhibits!

Zoobilation is also a party with a purpose! As a privately operated, nonprofit organization that receives no direct tax revenue, the Indianapolis Zoo relies on fundraising events like Zoobilation to help advance its animal conservation mission. As the Zoo's largest single-day fundraiser, the money raised through Zoobilation ticket sales and sponsorships help provide food and care to the Zoo's 1,200 animals and 34,000 plants, as well as funding for local and international conservation efforts.

Attire for Zoobilation is black-tie and guests must be 21 or older.

​Premium Exp​​​erience

Looking for an even more lavish experience in 2018? Enjoy full access to Indiana's premier philanthropic event when you join us at 5:30pm for the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP​! Premium Experience guests will receive exclusive amenities including priority parking, Entry Plaza cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a special arrival gift and private access to the air-conditioned "Mangrove Lounge" in the Dolphin Gallery.

For more information, contact Special Events Manager Liz Mok at lmok@indyzoo.com or at 317-630-2188. ​


​Zoobilation Restaurants

Thanks to our 2017 restaurant participants for providing delicious cuisine throughout the night and helping to make our event a huge success! Participating restaurants donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation! (* denotes new participant)

240sweet Gourmet Marshmallo​​ws​ ​
Another Broken Egg Café ​
Arni's RestaurantBlondie's Cookies
*Burger Study
Charblue Steak and Seafood
​*Chilly Water Brewing Company
​​​​​Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
*Cretia Cakes LLC
Eddie Merlot's
Endangered Species Chocolate
Four Day Ray Brewing
Granite City Food & Brewery
Grindstone Charley's
Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown (Great American Grill)​​
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites/120 West Market Bar & Grill
*I Love Juice Bar
Indy Cakes
Jack's Donuts*Joella's Hot Chicken​
​​JW Marriott-Osteria Pronto
Kilroy's Bar n' Grill
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
La Margarita Fountain Square
Louie's Wine Dive
*MADD Greeks Mediterranean Grille
Maggiano's Little Italy
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Mobile
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
Mesh on Mass
Mo's…A place for Steaks
Morton's The Steakhouse
*OAKLEYS bistro
Ocean Prime
Piada Italian Street Food
Plat 99
Prime 47…Indy's Steakhouse
*Punch Bowl Social
The Rathskeller
Rick's Cafe Boatyard
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
*Rooster's Kitchen
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Seasons 52
Severin Bar
Shula's Steak House
Simple Taste Gluten Free Bakery
*Slippery Noodle Inn
St. Elmo Steak House
Stone Creek Dining Company
Sun King Brewing Co.
table by Market District
The Country Club of Indianapolis
The District Tap
The Melting Pot
*Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Union 50
Vanilla Bean Bakery
*VERDE, Flavors of Mexico
Weber Grill Restaurant
*Winner's Circle Pub, Grille & OTB​​​



Thanks to our 2017 entertainment acts for helping to make our event a huge success! ​


Zoobilat​ion History​​​​

Zoobilation is an event 30-plus years in the making. The very first Zoobilation was held in 1986 at the home of Herb Simon, where just a few hundred lucky guests gathered ​​to support the Indianapolis Zoo and celebrate its good work. In the past quarter-century, the event has ballooned in attendance and prominence. In 2016, more than 5,000 guests raised a record $2.2 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.​ [close]​

Zoobilation ​Ex​​t​ras​​​​

Zoobilation Photography

Relive your favorite moment from our Tropical Adventure! View the King Shots Photography gallery for photos from our Arrival Carpet and more.​​​

Zoobilation Social Media Team​

Watch for more details coming soon about how you can join our 2018 Zoobilation Social Media Street Team! We're looking for wildly creative event ambassadors for the inside scoop on food and beverages, fashion, entertainment and of course, animal conservation. 

​You can also search #IndyZoob or follow @IndyZoob and @IndianapolisZoo on Twitter and Instagram to check out all of the latest updates, connect with other party goers and join the Zoobilation conversation. Facebook users can check out

Zoobilation – Indianapolis Zoo to find information about restaurant partners, event tips and updates on other Zoo happenings. 

Happy Zoobilation! ​​

Zoobilation Hotel​

Thanks to the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, the official hotel for Zoobilation, for providing a pampered overnight stay for our guests and hosting our Zoobilation After Party.​

Zoobilation Newsletter

Contact zoobilation@indyzoo.com and asked to be added to our mailing list! [close]​

Zoobilation 2017 Sponsors​​

​Title Sponsor
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Premium Experience Sponsor

Ice Miller LLP
Entertainment Sponsor
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Beverages Sponsors
Republic National Distributing Company
​Arrival Carpet Sponsor
Moser Consulting
​Official Hotel 
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
​​Official Weather Stations
Fox 59
​​Souvenir Gift Sponsor
Comcast Spotlight
Nat Geo WILD​
​Official Vehicle 
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Corporate Gift Bag Sponsor
Performance Tire Service Company
Restaurants Day at the Zoo Sponsor
Citizens Energy Group​
Café on the Commons Stage Sponsor
BSA LifeStructures​
Restaurants Coupon Book Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg LLP​
​​Media Partners Indianapolis Business JournalIndianapolis Monthly​​​​
​Exit Experience Sponsor
Recycling Sponsor
Ray's Trash Service​
T-shirt Sponsor
Kightlinger & Gray, LLP​
Entry Plaza Stage Sponsor
Marian, Incorporated​