Win Tickets To Zoo Rendezvous 2022 (Giveaway Ended)

Win Tickets To Zoo Rendezvous 2022

The Memphis Zoo is one of the top zoos in the country and their biggest fundraiser each year is Zoo Rendezvous! It's June 4 at 7 p.m. and features dozens of local restaurants, free-for-all drinks, and lots of live music and entertainment. 

Want to go? Tickets are available here—or you can enter to win a pair ($500 value!) by signing up for the I Love Memphis Email Newsletter. I will pick two winners on Thursday, May 26th and give them a call.

Fun fact: This is probably the most expensive giveaway we've ever done on the blog, at least that I can remember. 

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Memphis Zoo Rendezvous Dates and Ticket Information

Memphis Zoo Rendezvous is Saturday, June 4 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $250 per person. At the event, you'll be able to roam select parts of the Zoo and enjoy a smorgasbord of food from local restaurants (partial list here) and drinks from several bars, plus live music on several stages. 

This year it's 80s themed!

Panda stuffing her face like we will be doing at Zoo Rendezvous. 

Zoo Rendezvous Tips

Like everything, this event will likely be and feel different in a post-pandemic world. I'm going to share some tips for making the most of this event based on previous years. Just keep in mind things might be different for 2022, but it's still sure to be a super fun time! 

  • Bring cash to tip bartenders like you would at any event. 
  • The food lines at the front of the Zoo will be longer because people walk in and go to the first thing they see. Be more strategic than this—walk further in where it's less crowded or determine your path by how much you want to eat there. 
  • This year's theme is "Eighties" so I expect to see some leg warmers, big hair, and Top Gun sunglasses. Even if you don't dress up on theme, it's a "festive and fun" cocktail attire, or at least cocktail casual.
  • It's going to be HOT, though, so keep that in mind. 
  • You'll also be walking around. There is not a lot of sitting, if any. So keep that in mind when choosing footwear.
  • Restaurants will run out of food as the night goes on. Get your money's worth by getting to the event early. Expect folks to start lining up a half hour before doors open.
  • Speaking of that, take a look at the restaurant list and map and go to your priorities first. Don't wait until the end to realize that Folk's Folly has already run out of whatever they're serving.
  • The animals are asleep. Don't expect to see any.  And don't "be the drunken buffoon trying to wake up the flamingoes".

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Memphis Zoo entrance at Zoo Rendezvous
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Zoo Rendezvous people eating cupcakes
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people serving at Zoo Rendezvous
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Caroline McGuinn
The elephants are my favorite thing to see!
September 5, 2018 12:18pm
My FAVORITE has been and always will be the hippos.
September 5, 2018 12:20pm
Bekah McDuffie
My favorite thing is definitely the polar bears!
September 5, 2018 12:22pm
Donnie Linville
I love the Egypt theme, and how updated it is.
September 5, 2018 12:24pm
Doug M
I love taking my daughter to the zoo, to the budgie house! She loves it!!
September 5, 2018 12:25pm
Lauren W
The pandas because we both love to just sit, hang out and eat.
September 5, 2018 12:25pm
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo has always been the giant animal statues at the front of the entrance. Even though there are clearly signs that say "Please Don't Climb," you will always see kids (sometimes grown adults, cough cough *myself*) jumping on the alligator or the lion for a picture. It's just too good of a photo opp to pass up. I mean, come on. Who hasn't done this before?
September 5, 2018 12:26pm
Doug M
Taking my daughter to the budgie house!!
September 5, 2018 12:28pm
Ruth Shockley
My favorite thing about the Zoo is Cat Country, or maybe the butterfly exhibit, or maybe the aquarium. I just can't decide!
September 5, 2018 12:33pm
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is how wonderful all of the exhibits are. The zoo is definitely one of the best zoos, if not THE best zoo, in the country. If I had to pick one animal in the zoo that is my favorite, it is the otter gang. They are so cute when they chase butterflies.
September 5, 2018 12:34pm
Zachary Downes
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is that its authentic and a good representation of Memphis it self. In its own weird way, it represents Memphis by the different species it has there and the variety of things to do. It is like a small, animal kingdom version of Memphis itself. Memphis is a place for authenticity and a cross grounds for some many different people and cultures. I think its the best place to take your family and or just spend the day. I also love feeding the giraffes.
September 5, 2018 12:36pm
Kayla Kreunen
My favorite part of the Memphis Zoo is the Pandas!!!!
September 5, 2018 12:39pm
Charles B.
The penguins, of course.
September 5, 2018 12:45pm
Sophie Austin
The new elephants (and their names) - Bambi and Daisy!
September 5, 2018 12:48pm
Charity Siebert
The Nocturnal Exhibit! It is so cool, though a little smelly, with the bats and other creatures like the scorpions with their ultraviolet-reactive exoskeleton. I just love being able to see wildlife that is normally obscured from our normal view whether by being underground or simply nocturnal and reclusive. Plus, bats are so cute and misunderstood.
September 5, 2018 12:48pm
Dalton case
My favorite part is walking through the primeape area.
September 5, 2018 12:50pm
I love the hippos!
September 5, 2018 12:50pm
Kim Gurley
Teton Trek!
September 5, 2018 12:52pm
Ali Duggan
It’s hard to pick a favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo. Now that I have kids I think I’m most thankful for their water play options — the Nile river up front & the splash pad in teton Trek! Generally though, I adore the beautiful outdoor space the zoo offers. And I really love the Herpaterium!!!
September 5, 2018 12:58pm
The pandas are my favorite!
September 5, 2018 1:07pm
Erin Townsend
Obviously the sloths are the best part about the zoo, especially Baby Lua! The new Hippo exhibit is awesome too.
September 5, 2018 1:10pm
Mary Beth Lott
Individual membership is reasonably priced. Great value. My favorite times are winter and rainy days!
September 5, 2018 1:14pm
William Parsons
My favorite thing about the zoo is all the events they do there, such as Zoo Rendevous, Zoo Brew, Zoo Boo and Zoo Lights. Also, the animals are cool too... the pandas are the dopest!
September 5, 2018 1:15pm
Sarah Parsons
My favorite thing about the zoo is all the FREE PARKING that surrounds it. The warthogs are really cool, too. (Pumbaa is my spirit animal.)
September 5, 2018 1:16pm
Jan Coleman
I always go see the Bonobos because I adore how the guy apes go up to the gals and put their arms around the ladies as if to say, "Hey Baby. Want to give it a go?" It's like watching soft porn that's acceptable to view. The bonobos enjoy themselves, no concern with people gawking and/or tittering at them. Besides that, the females are the head of household in bonobo world--the girls are in power and they remain close to their sons even into adulthood. How cool is that? After moseying through the ape area, I always go watch the wolves. They prowl, sleep, eat pretty much like my pet dog, but their eyes reveal such calculations going on in their brains. They are true predators pacing around their enclosure when it's mealtime like they would happily eat a person if he or she happened to fall onto their turf. Nature at it's purest.
September 5, 2018 1:17pm
Rachael Mimbs
Hey girl hey! - my favorite thing about the memphis zoo are the stingrays - they are the most precious things ever :) oh and lets not forget the funnel cake fries !
September 5, 2018 1:21pm
Charity Siebert
I love the nocturnal exhibit! It's so cool, though a little smelly, to see creatures like the bats and the ultraviolet-reactive exoskeletons of the scorpions. Bats are adorable and so misunderstood. I love watching them fly and their cute faces. I think it's really great to be able to see wildlife that is rarely observable due to their night habits or because they live below ground.
September 5, 2018 1:23pm
Chris Jones
I love to see all the baby animals! They're so much fun to watch as they stumble around and run to mom. We've got a world class zoo with a world class breeding program!
September 5, 2018 1:30pm
bryce miller
I’ve been going to the Zoo my entire life and I have to say that my favorite part of the zoo is how far it has come in the past 30 years! I can remember when it was easy to see/do everything the zoo had to offer in one day. Now, it takes days to see everything!
September 5, 2018 1:32pm
Chris Faulkner
My favorite part of the Memphis Zoo are all the scattered relics from bygone days. There are structures still there that I remember from growing up in the 80's, and there are even bits and pieces that my mother and even my grandmother can remember as children.
September 5, 2018 1:37pm
Amanda Chandler
We love the Memphis Zoo! It is such a great place to spend time with family, especially when you have little kids. We love the giraffes! I also love to take my time walking with my kids the wolf lodge area and then as they play in the sprinkler and run around I can take a minute to relax in one of the rocking chairs.
September 5, 2018 1:40pm
Erin Townsend
My favorite thing about the zoo is the sloths, especially Baby Lua!!!
September 5, 2018 1:42pm
During the summer, I love feeding the birds in the Budgie House. I enjoy the keeper chats as well!
September 5, 2018 1:43pm
Linda Dunn
How easy it is to get to and how accessible it is as a venue in a city. I lived in NY for a long time and to get to the Bronx Zoo was a slog. I have visited zoos in other major cities and it was never easy there either as a tourist. Here in Memphis, the zoo is close by from any neighborhood and I can go with very little trouble. Of course I like the variety of animals that it has and how well kept they are!
September 5, 2018 1:45pm
Penny Molzahn
I love visiting the elephants and bonobos! Great zoo!
September 5, 2018 1:45pm
Matthew Floyd
My favorite thing about the zoo is the excitement of my 4 yr old daughter. Its nonstop fun the whole time. The only bad thing is having to leave. We been members the last 2 years.
September 5, 2018 1:51pm
Jonathan McCauley
My favorite thing about the memphis zoo is the night to remember it gave me when I got to marry my best friend!
September 5, 2018 1:53pm
The warthogs are my favorite. (Pumbaa is my spirit animal.)
September 5, 2018 1:53pm
Bryan Walker
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the positive attention it brings to Memphis! When friends and family from others places talk about how ‘bad’ Memphis is, I remind them of our food, music, urban parks, AND our world-class zoo!
September 5, 2018 1:59pm
Josh Campbell
My favorite thing is the gift shop. When my son was young we would always go to the zoo. I told him that he could pick one animal figurine from the gift shop every time we went. We have hundreds of different animals and figurines from that gift shop
September 5, 2018 2:02pm
Hannah Christiansen
My favorite thing about the zoo are the keeper chats! I love hearing more about the animals and my son loves getting to pet them!
September 5, 2018 2:07pm
Zoo Rendezvous!
My favorite thing about the zoo is how much they post about new babies! From Winnie to the newest little giraffe. They care a lot about the future and well being for these creatures!
September 5, 2018 2:07pm
Hannah A.
We ❤️ the Memphis Zoo! My favorite thing about the zoo is that it serves as one big playground for my 3.5 year old. There are endless opportunities to learn about wildlife & different cultures, to experience nature, to run & play & be silly. We interact with people from all backgrounds when we go to the zoo, and that’s part of what makes it a special place. It’s also a great feeling to support a very special Memphis institution. We are now, and plan to be members of the zoo for life!
September 5, 2018 2:08pm
Lyncie Genae' …
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is Free Tuesdays! It allows a fun family experience for those who may not be fortunate enough to afford general admission otherwise. I also like that the Memphis Zoo provides numerous volunteer opportunities for minors needing credits for school, internships, community service hours, etc. My son was able to complete the community service hours he needed for school course and had a great time doing it!
September 5, 2018 2:08pm
Charles Christiansen
My favorite part about the zoo is being able to feed to giraffes. I love being able to get up so close to the animals.
September 5, 2018 2:09pm
Heather Glissen
i love watching the hippos swim!
September 5, 2018 2:10pm
Kim Morrow
My favorite thing at the zoo is definitely the Monkeys. I absolutely love when they are active and putting on a show.
September 5, 2018 2:11pm
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is visiting the pandas (when they're actually awake! lol).
September 5, 2018 2:12pm
My favorite part about the zoo is the Northwest Passage, but all of the events they put on are always awesome!
September 5, 2018 2:14pm
Lauren D.
The pandas! And any special events hosted at the Zoo!
September 5, 2018 2:14pm