Summer Safari: in black & white

Summer Safari, one of the region’s most anticipated annual 21+ events, will kick off the summer season!

To culminate our 125th anniversary, celebrate the past, present, and future of the Pittsburgh Zoo at the social event of the summer season! Make like a zebra and sport your best basic black and white and get ready for an evening of food, drinks, music, and animals! Guests must be age 21 or older.

The fun begins even earlier for VIP guests and our new Penguin Premier Pass, featuring exclusive drinks, food, and entertainment!

What does each tier receive?

General Admission: Complimentary glass, unlimited food and drink, animal encounters, live music, photo booth access. 

VIP Guests: All of the above, VIP drink line, access to VIP party, and exclusive location of Garden Tent 

Penguin Premier Guests: All of the above, special cup lanyard, early access to each location, private chef paired with a wine tasting, and a giraffe encounter.





Friday, June 21

VIP Party: 6p-7p

Official Event: 7p-11p

Entire Zoo (excluding Tropical Forest Complex, The Islands, Jungle Odyssey, and Kids Kingdom)

General Admission: $150

VIP: $250

Penguin Premier: $300

  • Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. A summer Safari ticket and a valid photo ID are required to enter Summer Safari.
  • Summer Safari is a rain or shine event. Tickets will not be refunded due to inclement weather.
  • Summer Safari is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We consider the purchase of your ticket as a donation to the Zoo.  As such, we do not offer refunds and truly appreciate your generous donation.

Please email with any questions.

  • Braddock’s Rebellion
  • Texas de Brazil
  • Mancini’s
  • Coughlin’s Law
  • Bigham Tavern
  • Burgatory
  • Shorty’s
  • The Melting Pot
  • Raising Cane’s
  • Walnut Grill
  • Private Chef Frank – VIP+ only
  • BJs Brewhouse
  • Moe’s
  • Churn Homemade Ice Cream
  • Stateside Vodka
  • Edgewood Winery
  • Blackdog Winery
  • Four Twelve Winery
  • DeLuca’s Deli & Bakery

Are you an interested restaurant that wants to participate in Summer Safari? Fill out a form here.



Animal Encounter Sponsor

PNC Bank

VIP Sponsor

Dollar Bank




Jones Day

Summer Safari Cup Sponsor

EPIC Insurance Brokers

Village Sponsor

Sally Wiggin

Jambo Plaza Sponsor

Donna and James Hudson

Aquarium Sponsor

Beverlynn & Steve Elliott


Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Penguin Premier Pass Benefit Sponsor: Photos with Lewis

Robert & Janeanne Krizner

Zoo History Sponsor

Diana & Frank Rath

Cookie Table Sponsor

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield


84 Lumber

Ehrlich Pest Control

Florence Boyer Foundation

Federated Investors Foundation, Inc.


Jeanne Minnicks

Laborers Local Union 1058

Oswald Companies

Merit Electrical Group, Inc.

ICE Industrial Commercial Elevator


B&R Pools & Swim

Capital Technologies Inc.

Champ Printing Company

John Payne

Schneider Downs

Spirit Sponsor

Stateside Vodka

More sponsors coming soon.

Interested in being a sponsor? Please email

Event map will be available closer to the day of the event!


Village: Jukebox Band and Kendra Scott Pop-up Experience

VIP Tent: Dr. Zoot 

Jambo Plaza: Disturbing the Peace 

Aquarium: Tim Vitullo

Water’s Edge Pavilion: The Delaneys