Join us on June 9, 2023 with a ticket to Zoobilation presented by AES Indiana. It will be a wild encounter you won’t soon forget!
Indianapolis’ most anticipated event of the year takes place on the second Friday in June, beginning at 5:30pm with the Premium Experience presented by Ice Miller LLP and followed by general admission from 7pm to midnight.
For this single luxurious night, the Zoo’s familiar landscape of incredible animals and exhibits will be transformed with the rhythms of live music as well as the alluring scents of premium foods and beverages — providing the perfect party atmosphere. Our guests will indulge on premium wine, festive specialty drinks and exquisite cuisine served by a multitude of fantastic restaurants. Zoobilation is the hottest ticket in town!
The Midwest’s largest black-tie fundraising event, Zoobilation is also a party with a purpose, supporting the Zoo’s animal conservation mission. The Zoo’s largest single-day fundraiser, Zoobilation helps fund the care of the Zoo’s nearly 1,400 animals and 48,000 plants as well as its global conservation initiatives.
All Zoobilation guests must be 21 or older. General Admission tickets are $275 for Zoo members (limit four) and $300 for nonmembers (limit four). Premium Experience tickets are $575 for members (limit four) and $600 for nonmembers (limit four). All tickets are nonrefundable.
In 2023, Zoobilation will celebrate its 36th year. Zoobilation guests will sample the finest culinary creations from 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 was first held in 1986 at the home of Herb Simon, where just a few hundred 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.
As a privately operated, nonprofit organization that receives no direct tax revenue, the Indianapolis Zoo relies on fundraisers like Zoobilation to help advance its animal conservation mission.
We’re tremendously grateful to all our partners who return year after year to support our Zoo and our mission.
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 “Wild Times Lounge” inside the Ascension 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! Thanks to these 2023 participants. (* denotes new participant)
47 & Poplar*
Boba & Everything
Byrne’s Grilled Pizza
Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine
Indie Coffee Roasters
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Matt the Miller’s Tavern
Nameless Catering Company
Open Kitchen Restaurant
Pizza & Libations
Pots & Pans Pie Co.
Punkin’s Pies Sweet Treats
Rick’s Café Boatyard
Schakolad Chocolate Factory – Zionsville
Simple Taste Specialty Bakery
Spoke & Steele
Sun King Brewery & Spirits
Taste of Innova Wings + Greens
Taxman Brewing Co.
Vanilla Bean Bakery
The night will be filled with the sounds of live entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Schedule TBA.
Download our Zoobilation App today! 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.
The app is available now for:
Hotel information coming soon!
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We are happy to provide additional information to help you plan your Zoobilation 2023 experience! Please fill out our contact form.
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Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
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