One of Baltimore’s biggest beer festivals is also the most important fundraiser of the year for The Maryland Zoo. This Memorial Day weekend, Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26 from 1 to 7 pm, the Zoo will host its annual Brew at the Zoo. The event takes place at the Waterfowl Lake area just inside the main gate and features unlimited beer sampling, live music, local artisan vendors and all-day admission to the Zoo.

According to the Zoo, every dollar raised from the event goes directly to advancing the Zoo’s mission. By purchasing a ticket, you’re helping support Zoo operations, animal care, exhibits, education programs and wildlife conservation.

More than 80 brews will available for sampling from more than 30 local and national brewers. Select wineries will also be offering samples. This year, samples will be available from Angry Orchard, Leinenkugel’s, Key Brewing, Charm City Meadworks, Truly, Jailbreak Brewing, National Bohemian, Twisted Tea, DuClaw, Flying Dog, Sam Adams, Blue Moon and many more.

Live performances start at 1 pm daily. Guests on Saturday, May 25 will enjoy music by The Amish Outlaws, Kelly Bell Band and Matt Hutchison. Live music on Sunday, May 26 includes Ballhoo!, Nelly’s Echo and Emma G.

Guests may enter as early as 10:00 am and tour the Zoo grounds before gates open at the Waterfowl Lake for Brew at the Zoo at 1 pm. Guests will also be able to come and go from the event and tour the Zoo until it closes at 6 pm.

To give a bit of history, the Baltimore Zoo had its beginnings as early as 1862, when the first of many citizens gave animals (four swans) to Druid Hill Park for public display. It was officially established by act of the Maryland state legislature in 1876, and its name was changed to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in 2004. The Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States.

Today the 135-plus acre zoo property is owned by the City of Baltimore and leased to the State of Maryland. Currently, the Zoo’s animal collection encompasses birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species.

The Zoo’s newest state-of-the-art exhibit for African penguins, Penguin Coast, received an exhibit design award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is home to more than 80 endangered penguins. The Zoo is the largest and most successful African penguin breeding colony in North America.

Polar Bear Watch, the Zoo’s exhibit about life on the edge of the Arctic, features an authentic Tundra Buggy where visitors can watch polar bears Neva and Amelia Gray both in and out of the water. Visitors can also learn about animals in their own backyard, as well as those in more exotic locales, when they take a trek through the Maryland Wilderness, home to the award-winning Children’s Zoo, or embark on an African Journey.

The Zoo has partnered with TransDev to provide FREE shuttle service from the Baltimore Visitor’s Center in the Inner Harbor to Brew at the Zoo. Shuttles will depart from the Visitor’s Center starting at 11 am each day and will run every hour on the hour.

Guests are allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks (no glass items), and there will also be food and snack vendors in the area offering a variety of food at reasonable prices. Visitors can also bring blankets or chairs as there is no seating in the event area.

Tickets are currently on sale online. Tickets will remain for sale at the gate unless the event is a sell-out. Tickets start at $54.99 for sampling, $75.99 for Super Sippers (early entry and a 16 oz commemorative mug) and $24.99 for non-sampling. Event tickets (non-sampling) are required for children 2 and over. Zoo members save $10 on each ticket purchased.

Event is rain or shine. For tickets and more information, go to

Brew at the Zoo

Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26 from 1 to 7 pm

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

One Safari Place

Baltimore, MD 21217

Brew at the Zoo Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, May 25

1:00 p.m. — Matt Hutchison

3:00 p.m. — Kelly Bell Band

5:00 p.m. — Amish Outlaws

Sunday, May 26

1:00 p.m. — Emma G

3:00 p.m. — Nelly’s Echo

5:00 p.m. — Ballyhoo!

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