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The Santa Barbara Zoo, nestled between East Beach and the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, is home to more than 140 species and a charming place for the whole family. The Santa Barbara Zoo also hosts a number of popular evening events throughout the year. From casual sunset strolls to a costume ball extravaganza, here are the SB Zoo events we’re most looking forward to in 2016:

Roar & Pour Wine Festival
May 7th, 5PM   

The Roar & Pour Wine Festival kicks-off the Santa Barbara Zoo’s lively event calendar this spring. The event features tastings from more than 20 local wineries as well as food trucks, including the the city’s favorite Burger Bus,’and music for guests to enjoy while they hang out with the animals after-hours.

Tickets are on sale now; $60 for general admission and $115 for VIP tickets, which include early entry at 4 pm, as well as exclusive tastings and appetizers.

Zoo BrewJune 4th, 3PM

The annual ‘Zoo Brew’ is the Santa Barbara Zoo’s wildest and most popular event of the year. Essentially an outdoor beer festival, guests can enjoy tastings from more than 30 breweries, including Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, and Rincon Brewery, as well as find an assortment of pub food. The event sold out last year, so if you are interested make sure to mark your calendar and reserve a spot. Don’t miss out on one of this city’s most anticipated events!

Tickets go on sale May 2 at 10am. General admission is $58 and VIP tickets are available for $95.

Sunset Sips
Third Thursdays of June, July, August, and September, 5:30PM

Sunset Sips is a recurring event, where guests can appreciate the hilltop view of the ocean as they enjoy local wines and hors d’oeuvres during sunset. Perfect for those looking to unwind amongst the wildlife, these evenings also include train rides, optional locally-focused lectures, and special animal encounters like giraffe feedings (and a chance to meet Chad, the zoo’s newest baby giraffe!)

Tickets are $30/person and come with a GO VINO wine glass to commemorate the evening.

Zoofari Ball XXI: Zoofari at SeaAugust 27th, 5:30PM

The annual Zoofari Ball is the most extravagant Zoo fundraiser of the year and a favorite Santa Barbara tradition. The costume ball attendees are enthusiastic about both supporting the animals, finding a wild outfit, and having a good time! Big spenders may also participate in live and silent auctions featuring luxurious prizes, from dinners for two at chic Santa Barbara restaurants to all-inclusive vacations. This year’s theme, Zoofari at Sea, encourages ‘modern cruise attire’ as well as traditional safari dress. Expect over-the-top decorations, music, dancing and a live show.

Tickets are on sale now starting at $300 through July 14 and $350 after July 15.

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