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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Cathy Bryant
Never been to the Memphis zoo so this would be a great 1st experience.
September 5, 2018 4:13pm
I like how cute the pandas look.
September 5, 2018 4:16pm
Jessica Kostic
Hi I ❤ Memphis! My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is that people of all ages can enjoy spending the day there. Whether you're taking the kiddos to see the animals or going on a day date with your significant other, there is always something fun to see and do. Plus the animals are SUPER cute!
September 5, 2018 4:18pm
There are so many great things about the Memphis Zoo it’s hard to choose but it wouldn’t be a zoo without all of those wonderful animals!
September 5, 2018 4:23pm
Lezli Peeler
I love that the Memphis Zoo continues to get better and better as the years go on!
September 5, 2018 4:24pm
Eddie Roe
The soft serve ice cream at the Cat House Cafe. Love when the Gibbons bang on the windows beside it too lol
September 5, 2018 4:24pm
C London
My favorite part of the zoo are themonkeys. They are pretty cool animals who love being themselves and putting on for the crowd. It's never a dull moment
September 5, 2018 4:28pm
Colleen Marie …
I love the hippo exhibit! I was there when the baby hippo was born and it was so adorable! I also just love the vibe of the whole zoo, it's beautiful!
September 5, 2018 4:31pm
Michael I.
Animals of the night In particular the naked mole rats and vampire bats
September 5, 2018 4:39pm
Yagna Angirish
My favorite is the reptile room!
September 5, 2018 4:43pm
Marie Chew
My favorite thing about the zoo is the polar bear exhibit!!
September 5, 2018 4:49pm
Sherry Greene
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is still Cat Country. Even though it's the oldest of the "new" exhibits, it shady meandering walkways and cave-like nooks among the big cat exhibits are always the first place I go. The tigers are especially entertaining, playing and cooling off in the water in their large enclosure. Even asleep the cats are as cute as a housecat and awake they appear powerful and are moving to watch.
September 5, 2018 4:50pm
This sounds fun!
September 5, 2018 4:51pm
I love how I feel like a kid again every time I come to the Memphis zoo!
September 5, 2018 4:53pm
Jessica S
We love EVERYTHING about the zoo, but especially the elephants and pandas!
September 5, 2018 4:54pm
I love the vampire bats. They are so sweet.
September 5, 2018 4:59pm
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the memories I have of my first date with my husband and how awkwardly bad it went lol. Still worked out though.
September 5, 2018 5:05pm
Sally Mae
Everyone always says it’s lame, but my favorite thing is the petting zoo area! I love all the little ducks/chickens running around, the gardens, and the donkeys are my absolute favorite animal in the entire zoo!
September 5, 2018 5:07pm
I have always loved the bird house! The tiny owls when you leave and the area you can walk in are my favorite parts of it!
September 5, 2018 5:10pm
Tracy Shipp
I’ve NEVER been to Zoo Rendevous and I’d LOVE to go! It’s our 3 year anniversary this weekend, so there’s that, too. And did I mention that Holly and the I Love Memphis blog are the best EVER?? ;)
September 5, 2018 5:18pm
Kaesha koons
The Memphis zoo is one of my favorite places in all of Memphis! I love going just to be outside and watching the animals! My favorite part about the zoo is that I know they care deeply about their residents! They are so dedicated to the animals. I have sat and talked to the keepers many of times and they love their furry friends! :) I have always wanted to go to zoo rendezvous but have never had the opportunity! :)
September 5, 2018 5:23pm
Sascha Xander
I love Memphis Zoo because of it's staff. They are all fabulous, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The animals are a huge plus! I also love that they are upgrading their habitats to better care for their charges.
September 5, 2018 5:25pm
Aynsley skye
I love Snow leopards and I’ve been going to the zoo since I was a little girl to see the snow leopards. I still get that excited feeling every time I go to the zoo as I did as a kid. The zoo just keeps getting better and better!
September 5, 2018 5:26pm
Shaina Zakalik
The pandas!
September 5, 2018 5:35pm
I love the Memphis Zoo! :) So many animals to see, but of course the best is being able to feed the giraffes!!
September 5, 2018 5:41pm
Brittney Donaldson
My favorite thing about the zoo is the giraffes. At any angle, you can take a picture with the long neck friends. On a non busy day during the assign hours, you can feed them. I haven’t got to do that yet. It’s on my list. Another fun thing about the zoo is Zoo Lights. It’s just fun to see the lights in a different way during the mist wonderful time of the year.
September 5, 2018 5:46pm
Tammy Williams
My favorite part of the zoo is everything about it! I go to the zoo several times a year and I always brag about our great zoo! I’ve compared our zoo to other cities and the Memphis zoo is by far the greatest!! Love our zoo!!❤️❤️❤️
September 5, 2018 5:51pm
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is definitely the big cats! The lions are so amazing and the tigers enclosure is so beautiful!!
September 5, 2018 5:57pm
I love all the memories I have from the Zoo! I like watching the cute little prairie dogs run around and popping up in the bubble to watch them!
September 5, 2018 6:03pm
My roommate and I love the zoo and attending this event would be so fun! We’ve always wanted to go but can never afford it.
September 5, 2018 6:10pm
Aimee Robinson
The baby elephants
September 5, 2018 6:16pm
Eliza Ray
I LOVE the polar bears!! They’ve been my favorite exhibit for as long as I can remember! The seals are pretty cute and fun to watch too!
September 5, 2018 6:22pm
Hippos!! Also love going to Zoo Lights.
September 5, 2018 6:25pm
Ken Z.
My favorite part of the Zoo is the northwest passage. It truly reminds me of being in Seattle.
September 5, 2018 6:26pm
Chris Anderson
Naked. Mole. Rats.
September 5, 2018 6:32pm
Christina Babu
The hippo exhibit! One of the best in the country.
September 5, 2018 6:38pm
My favorite thing are the hippos.
September 5, 2018 6:40pm
The tigers are the best. Love the Memphis zoo!
September 5, 2018 6:41pm
Jessica Driscoll
I love the zoo!! Especially the Hippos and the wolves at Teton Track!
September 5, 2018 6:46pm
My favorite part is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.
September 5, 2018 6:54pm
Andy McIntyre
I love how the zoo continues to evolve. They don’t settle on being one of the best zoos in the country, but they continue to make improvements.
September 5, 2018 7:08pm
I love watching the penguins and polar bears!
September 5, 2018 7:10pm
My favorite thing about the zoo is not only the zoo itself and the renowned respect that our zoo has, but the staff at the zoo itself! I’ve had the pleasure of attending several events and getting to know some of the people who make the show run so smoothly and it’s truly amazing! Pancakes with penguins was sooo much fun but watching the keepers interact with the animals is truly inspiring and has led me to continue to donate on a regular basis and suggest to others that we continue to do so. The constant renovations and additions they bring to Memphis as a community is admirable and I’m so happy we have such a hard working force, can’t wait to see the sky walk!!!
September 5, 2018 7:11pm
My favorite thing about the zoo is that we have such an awesome zoo right here in our city!
September 5, 2018 7:16pm
Monica Springhart
I love the exhibit with the otters!! so cute.
September 5, 2018 7:22pm
Nina Jones
Honestly, I’ve always been a fan of the creatures of the night section. Love all their big eyes!
September 5, 2018 7:22pm
Stephanie Zuckerman
I love that the Memphis zoo has pandas!!
September 5, 2018 7:23pm
Donald Hackett
1. The zoo is always updating and keeping things new and exiting. 2. The animals all look happy.... not like some zoos 3. So many baby animals 4. Affordability
September 5, 2018 7:26pm
Nikki Gardner
The Memphis Zoo has been one of my favorite places since I was a child and I now love bringing my son. My favorite part about the zoo is the Keepers Chat. It’s an inviting experience where we can engage and learn up close and personal.
September 5, 2018 7:28pm
I would love to attend!
September 5, 2018 7:33pm