For 34 years, Zoobilation has brought people together at the Indianapolis Zoo to celebrate and raise money to save wild things and wild places. Zoobilation is a celebration like no other and the premier single-night fundraising event in Indianapolis thanks to our loyal guests, sponsors, partners, entertainers and restaurants. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday, Aug. 14, when we can come back together as a community at the Zoo.
Thank you for caring about YOUR Zoo and Zoobilation. Your support gives us strength and we are so grateful. We can’t wait to see you in your best Zoobilation attire on Aug. 14.
This single luxurious night is Indianapolis’ premier black-tie fundraiser and the biggest party for animal conservation in the state!
Indy’s most anticipated event of the year begins with the Premium Experience at 5:30pm followed by general admission from 7pm to midnight.
In 2020, Zoobilation will celebrate its 34th year. More than 5,000 guests will sample the finest culinary creations from 70 of Central Indiana’s most popular restaurants, all vying for Zoobilation’s coveted people’s choice and blue-ribbon awards. Plus, attendees will sip cocktails, wines and other drinks, with beverages presented by Republic National Distributing Company and served at 15 public bars — all set amid the Indianapolis Zoo’s amazing animals and exhibits!
As the sun sets on the city, attendees can dance into the darkness to rocking music presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, with live entertainment featured on multiple stages throughout the Zoo.
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. The Zoo’s largest single-day fundraiser, Zoobilation helps provide food and care to the Zoo’s 1,300 animals and 47,000 plants, as well as funding for local and international conservation efforts. In 2019, we raised $2.5 million to support animal care and conservation.
We’re tremendously grateful to all our partners who return year after year to support our Zoo and our mission.Zoobilation Partners
Slow down and savor all Zoobilation’s amenities as a Premium Experience guest. Beginning at 5:30pm, the Premium Experience offers early access to the full event as well as other exclusive benefits, including opportunities to interact with some of the animals the fundraiser supports. Additionally, you’ll receive priority parking, an arrival gift and access to the air-conditioned St. Vincent Dolphin Pavilion.
For more Zoobilation information, please complete the contact form below.
Enjoy delicious cuisine from these participating restaurants, who donate ALL of their food and time to participate in Zoobilation! (* denotes new participant)
The night will filled with the sounds of live entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
Entry Plaza Stage
5:30-8:45pm The Nauti Yachtys
9pm-midnight Jay Jones & Brick House Dueling Pianos
Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon
7:30pm-midnight DJ Lockstar
Flights of Fancy Stage
5:30pm-midnight Karaoke by P3 Productions
Main Stage – Bridge
5:30-8:45pm Jai Baker 3
9pm-midnight Hello Weekend
Stay tuned for our new and improved Zoobilation App!
App features include the event map, with restaurant and specialty bar locations, entertainment schedule and stage locations, sponsor den and table locations plus so much more. On the night of the event, you’ll also be able to vote for your favorite restaurant to win the People’s Choice Award.
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the official hotel for Zoobilation 2020, providing the option of three special overnight discounts as well as additional amenities exclusively for guests! If you are looking for a high floor view or are looking for more of the VIP feel, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the place for you. To secure your room, click here or call 1-888-236-2427 , but you better strike fast as the rooms tend to fill up quickly.
Men’s Wearhouse has two great offers for your Zoobilation 2020 formal wear! Reference group #8946600 to get $50 off your tuxedo rental and 40% off your retail purchase.
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Please fill out the Zoobilation contact form to be added to our mailing list!
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Central Indiana Honda Dealers
Entry Plaza Stage
Indiana Farmers Insurance
Café on the Commons Stage
Valeo Financial Advisors
Westside Café Stage
BMO Harris Bank
Corporate Gift Bag
Performance Tire Service Company
Premium Experience Gift
Compass Commercial Construction Group
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
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 2019, more than 5,500 guests raised $2.5 million to help advance animal and environmental conservation efforts globally and locally.