Date Night at Zoo Brew in Des Moines

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Date Night at Zoo Brew in Des Moines, Iowa

If you are looking for a unique summer date night in Des Moines, head to Zoo Brew at Blank Park Zoo. This is definitely not your typical dinner and a movie date night. I had always heard great things about Zoo Brew. I am so happy we carved out some hump day fun with local brews and zoo animals. 

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Zoo Brew is for ages 21+ that offers all of your favorite Blank Park Zoo animals, a variety of live music, and summer brews! The Zoo Brew is a popular fundraising event so when you visit and purchase a beer, you are supporting the Blank Park Zoo Foundation and the mission of the Blank Park Zoo.

There are many great benefits to being a Blank Park Zoo member including free tickets to Zoo Brew! If you do not have a zoo membership, general admission is $14 per person. In addition, attendees can purchase a drink ticket for $5 per ticket. They offer a wide variety of beers including tons of local brews. 

I think my favorite aspect of Zoo Brew is how it is a totally different experience than when the kids are with you. Maybe it was because it was later in the evening or quieter due to no kids, but all the animals were super active. The sea lions put on a show and the lion and monkeys had plenty to say. 

2023 Blank Park Zoo Details 

Dates: Select Wednesdays in June, and July (excluding July 5, 2023) and the first two Wednesdays in August.  

Times: 5:30 to 9 p.m. 

Location: 7401 SW 9th St. in Des Moines

Price: $14 for non-members; Free for members

Note: Make sure you have a valid photo ID when you arrive! A valid ID is required to enter the zoo for Zoo Brew. 

Zoo Brew Live Music 

Another fun aspect of Zoo Brew is the live music playing while you wander the Blank Park Zoo grounds. They have not announced the 2023 live music lineup, but make sure you are following the Zoo Brew Facebook Page for all updates. 

Special Events

The Blank Park Zoo loves to take things up a notch and what is better than a THEMED Zoo Brew? In October not only do they offer Night Eyes for families, but adults can enjoy the Halloween Zoo Brew with a costume contest. Adults can enjoy boos and booze and vote for the best costume! Last year, they offered a Haunted Train ride that was a huge hit. 

If you are looking to celebrate the Holidays, in November they offer a Holiday Zoo Brew inside their heated event center. There are fun activities, adults dress up in their fun festive wear, and more. Keep your eyes open for the exact dates of these Zoo Brew special events. 


Erin Huiatt

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