Sip & Swirl | Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Sip & Swirl



Wine tastings. Small bites. Live music. And animals!

At the first-ever Sip & Swirl fundraising event, guests can sample wine from local and national wineries and vineyards while enjoying the PPG Aquarium and Water’s Edge venues and exhibits at twilight.

Your ticket includes:

  • Admission to the Sip & Swirl wine tasting event.
  • Wine tastings from a variety of wineries.
  • Bites from the Zoo’s exclusive caterer, Taste.
  • Up-close animal encounters.
  • Live music.
  • Access to view animal exhibits in the PPG Aquarium and Water’s Edge venues, including sea otters and penguins.
  • A walk-through art exhibit displaying paintings made by our very own Zoo animals. (All animal art will be available for purchase through a silent auction at the event.)
  • One complimentary wine tasting glass per person (4 ounce glass.)
  • The opportunity to purchase bottles of wine from participating wineries.
  • Free parking.
Proceeds from this fundraising event will help support the wild residents of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as well as wildlife conservation efforts around the world.

Sip & Swirl is an adults-only event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID at entry. No guests under 21 years of age will be admitted. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.

This event will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are non-refundable and are only valid for the date listed on the ticket.

Comfortable shoes are encouraged! The venue is a short walk from the Zoo entrance.


Friday, April 5
6 to 9 p.m.
PPG Aquarium and Water's Edge venues
Ticket includes wine tastings, food, free parking, and more!


Participating wineries include:

August Falls Winery
Black Dog Wine Company
Bushy Run Winery
Christian W. Klay Winery
Deer Creek Winery
Four Twelve Winery, Inc.
Fractured Grapes Wine Cellars 
Hungry Run Wine & Spirits
Kavic Winery
Knockin Noggin Cidery
R Wine Cellar
The Winery at Wilcox
Threadbare Cider & Mead
Willamette Valley Vineyards


Entertainment will include:


Pittsburgh Paparazzi - Magic Mirror Photo Booth


Small bites from Taste include:

Chocolate Mousse Cups
Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries with toasted almonds
Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Tart
Pesto Arancini with smoked tomato coulis
Thai Peanut Chicken Skewers