Sunset Sips

Spend your Friday evenings at the Utica Zoo starting July 7th and enjoy the summer for a bit longer!

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 7, we will be open a little bit longer every FRIDAY through August 25. And better yet, during these extended hours we will have entertainment 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 Friday night from July 7 – August 25
– 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 Friday from 5pm to 7pm beginning July 7 until August 25!

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 Fridays from July 7 through August 25!

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 (July 28) will also be a 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 7

Amos Donnell & DKing

July 14

Sydney Irving

July 21

Cait Devin

July 28

Trivia with Tim Goldman of Utica City FC


Isaac French

August 11

Max Scialdone


Vinyl Logic

August 25

Vinyl Logic

The Utica Zoo is closed for Thanksgiving (11/23)! Happy Thanksgiving from all of our staff and animals!

The Zoo will re-open on 11/24 at 10 am.