In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

The annual Spirits in the Wild event is back at the Chattanooga Zoo!

Explore the Wild

The Chattanooga Zoo is looking forward to once again hosting its annual Spirits in The Wild Event, and this year with more restaurants, spirits, and entertainment! Spirits in the Wild will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Event guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the zoo underneath the stars, encounter animals, learn about the Zoo’s future plans and conservation efforts, and groove to music provided by the ever-popular Peter Moon Band. The evening will include tastings of a variety of liquors, craft beers, and wines, along with sampling different cuisines from some of Chattanooga’s best restaurants and eateries, all while raising funds for the Zoo. Some fan favorites will be back this year including Henna tattoos and live art demonstrations. The Zoo will also be offering a signature cocktail. At this year’s event, the Chattanooga Zoo will offer sales of merchandise from the Zoo’s gift shop, paintings created by our zoo residents, and signature event beer and wine glasses that glow in the dark.

“This event is so unique and tailored just for our community,” says Darde Long, Chattanooga Zoo CEO. “We are excited to showcase some of Chattanooga’s best food and inform the community about new and fun things happening for the Zoo. It is always a pleasure to have some fun with the animals and provide fun events for our community; all while raising funds for our Zoo.”


Tickets are now available for purchase online or in person at the Zoo Gift Shop. If not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at the door the night of the event for $70 each. Ticket price includes admission to the Zoo, open bar, sampling of food, live music, animal encounters, and more!