Sunset Sips

Start your weekend early Thursday evenings at the Utica Zoo starting July 11th!

The Utica Zoo is the perfect place for families, the perfect place for a date, and the perfect location to leave the hustle and bustle of your everyday life behind. And now there is even more time to enjoy the zoo! Starting July 11, we will be open a little bit longer every THURSDAY through August 29.

Enjoy live music every week AND our concession stand – Polly’s by Kookie’s Q – will be open to offer food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

So stop by the zoo, enjoy a light dinner, crack open an ice-cold adult beverage, drift away on the waves of live music, and see our more than 200 exotic and domestic animals in a different, more orange light.

– Open until 7pm every Thursday night from July 11 – August 29
– Family friendly! There are no age restrictions!
– Our concession stand will be open for dinner or a snack!
– Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 years or older!
– There will be entertainment in the form of music or trivia depending on the night!
– Our animals will be on exhibit throughout the evening!

No special tickets or reservations required. This event is simply extended zoo hours with some additional activities in the evening! So the price to attend it is merely admission to the zoo.

Admission Rates:
$9 for adults 13-61
$6 for kids 3-12
$8 for seniors 62+ and students w/ID


Sunset Sips is just extended zoo hours with a few additional activities in the evening, so the cost to attend it is just normal admission to the zoo! You can even come earlier in the day to enjoy the zoo and simply stay through to Sunset Sips if you wanted!

Sunset Sips will run every Thursday from 5pm to 7pm beginning July 11 until August 29!

The zoo will remain open right through 7pm without closing down at all in the middle. Effectively, the zoo is open 10am to 7pm on Thursdays from July 11 through August 29!

The LIVE music will be right in our main Rotary Pavilion during Sunset Sips! It is right next to our Kookie’s Q concession stand, so you can easily get a drink or some food and then sit at one of our tables and enjoy the evenings entertainment!

While 7 of the 8 Sunset Sips dates will feature a local musician, one of the dates (August 1) will be trivia night from Tim Goldman of the Utica City FC! 

In addition to the LIVE music, concessions, and beverages, the entirety of the zoo will remain open for guests! So if you are looking to visit the Utica Zoo and want to experience it when the sun is a little lower and the crowds are a little sparser, Sunset Sips is the event for  you! 

Of course! While there is the option to buy some alcoholic beverages at our concession stand during the dates and times of Sunset Sips, the extended hours is open to ALL ages! It is a perfect opportunity for a fun family outing in the evening! 

Entertainment Schedule:

July 11

Fabulous Mojos

July 18

Isaac French

July 25

Gary Johnson

August 1

Trivia with Tim Goldman of Utica City FC

August 8

Sydney Irving

August 15

ZZ Entertainment

August 12

Shawn Smith

August 29

Justin Smithson

The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!