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National Zoo’s Annual ZooFari to Take Place May 19; Tickets on Sale Now!
National Zoo’s Annual ZooFari to Take Place May 19; Tickets on Sale Now!


This story comes to us from Karen Korpowski:

            The National Zoo’s annual ZooFari will be held on May 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fundraising event brings together more than 100 of the D.C. Metro’s finest restaurants and wineries for an evening of gourmet foods, fine wines, live entertainment, and a cake decorating contest judged by Mike Isabella of Graffiato and “Top Chef” along with Rock Harper, winner of “Hell’s Kitchen.”


ZooFari gives guests a chance to sample enticing fare from such DC area landmark restaurants such as Citronelle, Equinox, Marcel’s, Zaytinya and 1789 Restaurant. Taste and savor the fine offerings from Redwood Restaurant, 8407 Kitchen Bar, Dino and Et Voila! And mingle with chefs from Occidental Grill & Seafood, Galileo III or Bastille – all just part of the spectacular line-up of impressive restaurants participating.


This year ZooFari is also offering something new to “roar” about: the ZooFari Lion Lounge!  This exclusive, hip area features casual seating, a private bar, a dessert area, and special entertainment—but most importantly, a view of the lively and enchanting seven lion cubs (and their parents) at twilight.


ZooFari tickets can be obtained online through the Zoo’s website, at the Zoo’s Visitor’s Center information desk (no service fees apply when purchasing in person). Tickets will also be available for sale at the event until sold out. 

  • Basic ZooFari Ticket (FONZ Member): $150
  • Basic ZooFari Ticket (Nonmember): $200
  • Lion Lounge Ticket (FONZ Member): $250
  • Lion Lounge Ticket (Nonmember): $300

Tickets include all one can eat from the finest restaurants in the D.C. region, an open bar and live entertainment.

      The National Zoo will close early on Thursday, May 19 in preparation ZooFari.  The area from the Przewalski’s horses to Kids’ Farm, including Amazonia will close at noon; the entire Zoo will close to the public at 2 p.m. 


      Due to high attendance for this event, guests should expect some traffic congestion along Connecticut Ave., NW.  Guests are encouraged to take public transportation, as street parking around the Zoo is limited.