Popular Events for Adults Return to the Louisville Zoo in 2023 (Media Release)

Contact:  Kyle Shepherd
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The Louisville Zoo announces the return of several popular events created to engage adult guests. The Zoo, home to popular family-friendly events like Boo at the Zoo and Wild Lights, hopes to broaden its appeal to older Zoo members with more adult-centric events for 2023. Designed to entertain, educate and engage, this season’s lineup features a morning class about pollinator gardens, drink specials in relaxing Zoo settings, movies perfect for date night and more.

Monarchs and Mimosas
Monarchs and Mimosas is back on April 29 and September 9 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.  Guests, ages 21 and older, will learn how to create their own pollinator garden while enjoying refreshing mimosas and pastries. Zoo educators will provide guidance on the types of plants that are most beneficial to attracting pollinators, how to identify the best location and type of garden for specific spaces, and how to manage plants to provide the best habitat year-round. Participants will also be able to take home their own milkweed plant to begin their home habitat. Ironweed Native Plant Nursery will host a native plant sale at the front of the Zoo. No admission is required to visit the plant sale. Monarchs and Mimosas is $40 per person. Tickets are on sale now at louisvillezoo.org/mimosas.

Hump Day Happy Hours
The ever-popular Hump Day Happy Hours begin Wednesday, May 10 with Sunset Safari. Located in the heart of the Zoo’s popular African zone, this 21-and-older event includes specialty cocktails, appetizers and exclusive animal demonstrations and interactions. Tickets include entry, appetizers, and two drink tickets redeemable for beer, wine, or a specialty cocktail. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Hump Day Happy Hour series continues July 12, September 13 and October 11; the event themes and locations can be found on the Zoo’s website. Happy Hours run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 each. Space is limited for these exclusive experiences; tickets are on sale at louisvillezoo.org/happyhours.

Trivia Nights

Trivia Nights make their return to the Zoo June 21 and August 16. These fun-filled evenings will feature music, prizes and of course, trivia! Food and drink specials will be available. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams. Advance registration is required; tickets go on sale April 19 at louisvillezoo.org/trivia.

Late Night Date Nights

New for 2023, the Zoo has added a few film favorites to their popular summer movie series on June 30 and July 28. Gates open at 8 p.m.; movies will be shown under the stars in the Zoo’s Oasis festival field beginning at sundown. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For additional details, including movie titles, visit louisvillezoo.org/late-night-date-night.

Two additional summer events for adults include Friends of the Louisville Zoo’s Zoofari! (June 10) and Brew at the Zoo and Wine, Too! (August 26). To learn more, visit louisvillezoo.org/friends.

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Now through September 17, the Zoo’s hours are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.


The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. We are dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Established in Established in 1969, the Friends of the Louisville Zoo (FOZ) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission of “raising funds to protect a legacy.” The 100% volunteer-driven Board organizes and hosts two events annually to support special projects and the enhancement and expansion of the Louisville Zoo.

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