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Feb 19, 2016

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Announces 2016 Signature Event Series

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo today released its 2016 event lineup of signature fundraisers and seasonal celebrations.
Introducing Seasonal Celebrations and New Twists on Familiar Favorites

TAMPA, Fla. (February 19, 2016) –
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo today released its 2016 event lineup of signature fundraisers and seasonal celebrations.

Two familiar fundraisers return with new twists: WaZoo BeerFest, presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc., is moving to spring to take advantage of more pleasant weather; and Feast with the Beasts, a dine-around event formerly known as Zoofari, is becoming even more appetizing with elevated culinary experiences.  WaZoo BeerFest and Feast with the Beasts are separate ticket events which will go on sale online two months prior to each date.

The Zoo is also introducing an all-new seasonal events series which will include summer, fall and winter festivals to be known as Summer Sunset Celebration, Creatures of the Night and Christmas in the Wild. The three seasonal events are included with Annual Zoo Membership and the ZooperPass (pay for a day, come back all year tickets). After 4 p.m. tickets to the seasonal events will also be available at the gate and online.

“At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, our vision is to be an unforgettable place of discovery. This includes going beyond expectations and offering our visitors new experiences and new ways to connect with one another,” said CEO Joe Couceiro. “In 2016, we’re excited to present our most engaging line-up of events yet, from familiar favorites to our all-new seasonal celebrations. The very best way to take advantage of these events is through Zoo Membership or our new ‘pay for a day, come back all year’ program which provide free and unlimited access.”

2016 Signature Events Calendar

WaZoo BeerFest presented by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.
Saturday, May 7 • 8:00-11:30 p.m. 
The 21st annual WaZoo BeerFest is springing forward to May!  This all-inclusive tasting event features 250+ beers and beverages from 70 breweries worldwide, pub fare and live entertainment throughout the Zoo. All included with admission. The VIP Beastly Beer Club offers a more exclusive experience than ever before, including beer and food parings, combined with early event entry. VIP Club tickets are limited. All tickets will go on sale in March at

* NEW EVENT * Summer Sunset Celebration
Summer • Select Nights
For family time or date night; see the Zoo in a whole different light on select evenings at the all-new Summer Sunset Celebration!  Stroll the Zoo as the sun sets and enjoy the wildlife, discover special experiences in scenic areas throughout the park including live music performed by talented bands and a wide-range of roving entertainment. Relax at a secluded beer & wine garden and delight in enhanced dining and refreshment offerings. Each fun-filled summer night will be topped off with a dazzling light show finale.

* NEW EVENT * Creatures of the Night
October • Select Nights
Hoot, howl and hangout in the perfect place for kids of all ages and grownups to celebrate Halloween at the all-new Creatures of the Night.  There is no telling what wild encounters you will find in the Zoo after dark and you enter immersive themed areas with startling surprises all around. Fall for a spooktacular Jack-O-Lantern display, and then creep into the weird world of bugs in a distinctive insect encounter. Find ghoulish good times with new eerie entertainment including new Halloween-themed shows, roving characters and spooky mazes.  Up-close animal interactions and themed dining opportunities provide entertaining sanctuaries for the entire family. And, there is even a trick-or-treat place set aside just for little “boos” and “ghouls.” 

Feast with the Beasts
We’re celebrating 30 years of hosting Zoofari, Tampa’s “wildest” all-inclusive food event by taking it to a whole new level.  This November, the Zoo is proud to introduce Feasts with the Beasts, a one-of-a-kind food, wine and spirts festival.  Indulge in this delicious dine-around event with fine wines, refreshing cocktails, live bands and a few wild surprises only a world-class Zoo can do. All is included with admission! The VIP Rhino Club offers more exclusive access than ever before, including food and wine parings, all combined with early entry. VIP Club tickets are limited.  Tickets go on sale in September at

* NEW EVENT * Christmas in the Wild
December • Select Nights
Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow! Have a merry and memorable evening with this traditional holiday event in the unique setting of the Zoo at night. This all-new illuminating experience will bring the wonders of the holiday season to life with immersive light displays and lively light shows choreographed to joyful holiday tunes, a new Santa experience, strolling entertainment, Christmas carolers, and special holiday performances every night. 

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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