Wine in the Wilderness returns to Utica Zoo


UTICA — The Utica Zoo’s 22nd annual Wine in the Wilderness returns to the zoo’s gardens and grounds on Saturday, June 4, from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets include an evening with the entire zoo open, music from Simple Props, beverages featuring 10 New York wineries from across the state, Saranac Brewery, Awestruck Premium Cider, light refreshments and a Utica Zoo wineglass.

A variety of food trucks, unique vendors, and wine gummies from Winosaurs will be available for purchase. Check out the conservation information provided by Endangered Species Condoms with free samples.

Free “first come, first served” parking is available at the Utica Zoo with plenty of free overflow parking at Mohawk Valley Community College Payne Hall parking lot and the Parkway Recreation Center.

Shuttle buses will transport to and from the zoo at no cost from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees may be dropped off and picked up at the zoo. Uber, Lyft, and local taxi companies are highly suggested.

Tickets are available at the gate for $55, $50 for Utica Zoo members. Advanced sale tickets at $50 are available at wine/liquor stores throughout the two-county region. Advance member tickets at $45 are available at the Utica Zoo gift shop or online. Designated driver tickets are available for $25, and soda and waters will be available.

For the adult event, valid ID is required by all for the age 21-plus event. No one under age 21 will be permitted entry.

Visit or check out the zoo’s social media for ticket locations, listing of wineries, vendors, and food trucks. The Utica Zoo will close for visitors at 1 p.m. on Saturday to allow for set up and re-open for regular business on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Bank of Utica, Hummels Office Plus/BME Complete Office Solutions, First Source Federal Credit Union, Townsquare Media Group and PJ Green.


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