Brewfest is the Utica Zoo’s annual beer tasting event that takes place right here on zoo grounds.

There are more that 120 craft beers, ciders, seltzers, and malt beverages on tap for you to enjoy. Enjoy wine samples and wine slushies, too! The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative 2021 Brewfest pint glass.

Tickets INCLUDE beer, cider, and wine samples, a pint glass, admission to the zoo, live music, and food samples. While here you can also participate in a silent auction inside the zoo’s auditorium where you can bid on and win electronics, gift certificates, lawn & garden equipment, jewelry, and more! Around the zoo, you will also find complimentary water and soda available for all attendees.

Brewfest is a 21 & over ONLY event and you must have a ticket and photo ID to enter (even for Designated Drivers). Brewfest is rain or shine. Several large tents and pavilions are available in the event of inclement weather.

ALL proceeds from Brewfest benefit the animals of the Utica Zoo!

Stay tuned for more updates, additions, and all things Brewfest!


Where to buy tickets?

Tickets are now available online at, Utica Zoo Gift Shop, Marcy Discount Beverage, Chanatry’s, City Liquors, Gems Along the Mohawk, Saranac Brewery, One Realty Partners, Beer Belly Bob’s

Advanced Ticket Sales:

  • General Admission $50
  • Utica Zoo Members $45
  • Designated Driver $25

Tickets at the Door:

  • General Admission $55
  • Utica Zoo Members $50
  • Designated Drivers $25


Free parking is available at the Utica Zoo on a first come first served basis, with overflow parking at MVCC Payne Hall Lot and the Parkway Rec Center. Free shuttle buses will take you to and from the zoo. Rideshare, such as Uber, Lyft, local taxi companies, or private drop off are encouraged. All rideshare vehicles will be permitted to drop off and pick up attendees at the gate. Please travel safely.

2021 Music By:

Soup Bone Charley

Vinyl Logic

2021 Featured Vendors:

2021 Food Samples From:

2021 Featured Breweries:

The Zoo has begun construction on its new visitor center. Our entrance will temporarily be at the NYPA New York Energy Zone building right next to us!