Watch for Zoobilation general public ticket sales later this spring. Stay tuned for updates here and thank you for your support and interest in Zoobilation 2021: Bayou Bash presented by AES Indiana.
This summer, take a trip down the bayou for a Southern-style celebration you’ll never forget! The theme for Zoobilation 2021 is Bayou Bash in recognition of the Zoo’s new exhibit, Alligators & Crocodiles: The Fight to Survive, opening Memorial Day weekend.
Indianapolis’ most anticipated event of the year will take place on Friday, June 11, 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.
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, the 2019 event raised $2.5 million to help fund the care of the Zoo’s nearly 1,300 animals and 47,000 plants as well as its global conservation initiatives.
In 2021, Zoobilation will celebrate its 35th 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 Crocodile Rock 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! (* denotes new participant)
The night will be filled with the sounds of live entertainment presented by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.
|The Nauti Yachtys||Entrance Plaza Stage||5:30pm||8:45pm|
|Jay Jones & Brick House Dueling Pianos||Entrance Plaza Stage||9:00pm||12:00am|
|DJ Lockstar||Bicentennial Pavilion||7:00pm||12:00am|
|P3 Productions – Karaoke||Flights of Fancy Stage||5:30pm||12:00am|
|Jai Baker 3||Main Stage-Bridge||5:30pm||8:45pm|
|Hello Weekend||Main Stage-Bridge||9:00pm||12:00am|
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 2021, 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. Book your hotel room for Zoobilation 2021 here.
We are happy to provide additional information to help you plan your Zoobilation 2021 experience! Please fill out our contact form.
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
Lucas Oil Products
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown