Happy Hour at the Zoo

July 11, 2018 - 05:00pm to 09:00pm

Grab your friends, family, date or coworkers and head to our happy hour event for drinks, lawn games, local food carts, photo ops, wildlife sightings and other fun stuff.

Visitors who are 21+ can enjoy a zoo experience with dates, friends or family at an adults-only event. Having cocktails at the zoo isn’t just fun, it helps raise awareness and support for the zoo’s mission of creating a better future for wildlife through its animal welfare, education and conservation programs.


Get dinner from local food carts such as CS Fishery, Verde Cocina, Ben & Jerry’s, Ruby Jewel and Zeds, and enjoy snacks, cocktails and Oregon wine, beer and cider. The new Rogue Condor Kolsch, which was made in collaboration with the Oregon Zoo as a way to support endangered California condors, will be available.

Each happy hour will feature a different animal theme and July 11 will focus on some fine feathered friends who live at the zoo. A highlight will be the Wildlife Live show, with bird flights right over the heads of event guests! 

Between 5 and 7 p.m., there will be condor keeper talks going on; and from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be vollum keeper talks and bird displays at the stage. At 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., there will be flights at the stage. Between 7 and 8 p.m., there will be Tiny Goat Visits at the lawn! 

Tickets are $24.95 per person, $19.95 for Oregon Zoo members, and will include zoo admission, one drink ticket, lawn games, photo ops, keeper talks and crafty activities. Train and carousel rides are available for an additional charge.

VIP ticket option: The Macaw Experience ($175). At 3:30, 4 and 4:30 p.m., VIPs can watch a macaw create a painting, and will be able to pick the colors for their own unique painting. VIP tickets include early admission starting at 3:30, reserved parking, a behind-the-scenes encounter, a buffet, free beer and wine until 6 p.m., and a drink ticket for after 6 p.m.

Visit oregonzoo.org/happy to find out more information on the rest of the series of events.

The Oregon Zoo encourages all guests to take public transport to the zoo, which is located five minutes from downtown Portland, and is accessible by MAX Light Rail line. Visit Explore Washington Park for transportation and parking information.