Summer Safari | Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

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Summer Safari: Live Wild


Unleash your inner animal and live wild at one of the region's most highly anticipated annual parties, Summer Safari!

Grab your cocktail and stroll through the Zoo, experiencing our majestic animals and lush scenery in an entirely new way. Pose with some of your favorite animal friends, dance the night away with our rockin' live bands, and get an in-depth look into the other magnificent creatures that call the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium home.

From The Village, to the African Savanna, through the PPG Aquarium, and into Water's Edge, your Summer Safari adventure will take you around the globe, connecting you with animals from all corners of the world in one magical night. Festivities in The Village are sponsored by Bayer.

Take your journey one step further as a VIP ticket holder. As a VIP, you'll have access to an exclusive private party that opens at 6 p.m. before the event kicks off, as well as special animal encounters, private grazing stations, additional entertainment, VIP-only bar lines, and preferred parking. VIP areas are sponsored by Blank Rome LLP.

All guests must be 21 or over.

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Summer Safari Presented by:

Herbert G. Feldman Charitable Foundation

Friday, July 27
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
VIP Party begins at 6 p.m.
Entire Zoo
Tickets: $85 / person
VIP Tickets: $145 / person (Limited VIP tickets available)

  • Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Your ticket and a valid photo ID is required to enter Summer Safari.
  • VIP ticket holder admission begins at 6 p.m. General admission begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Summer Safari takes place rain or shine.
  • Attire is fashionable and jungle stylish with comfortable shoes (no jeans, please).
  • Sorry, no refunds.

2018 Summer Safari Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Herbert G. Feldman Charitable Foundation

VIP Tent Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Silver Sponsors

Ehrlich Pest Control

Bronze Sponsors

Federal Home Loan Bank

Participating Sponsors

Media Sponsor



2018 Restaurants

VIP sponsored by Blank Rome, LLC

The Capital Grille
C C's Cafe
Dave & Buster's
Industry Public House
Isaly's LLC
McCormick & Schmick's
Social @ Bakery Square
Wigle Whiskey & Threadbare Cider

Village sponsored by Bayer

Bigham Tavern
Burn by Rocky Patel
Eddie Merlot's
Fogo de Chão
Giant Eagle
Mancini's Bakery Inc.
Texas de Brazil
Uno Pizzeria & Grill
Walnut Grill


Taste - exclusive caterer of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (underwritten by Ehrlich Pest Control)
Silver Star Meats

PPG Aquarium

A1 Fudge
Eat'n Park Smiley Cookies
Rita's Italian Ice
The Melting Pot of Pittsburgh

PNC Pavilion

Taste - exclusive caterer of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium