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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Brittany B.
I love the polar bears. They are such beautiful animals! Plus, on a hot day, the northwest passage is a great place to cool off and watch the bears!
September 5, 2018 7:35pm
We would love to go to Zoo Rendezvous!
September 5, 2018 7:42pm
My favorite part is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.
September 5, 2018 7:45pm
Kari Powell
I love the whole zoo! So hard to pick a favorite spot!
September 5, 2018 7:48pm
I love that the zoo displays animal artwork from local schools whenever a new exhibition opens.
September 5, 2018 7:51pm
I love the Hippos especially now that they have a better exhibit.
September 5, 2018 8:04pm
I love that it's located in one of the most beautiful parts of town and seeing the elephants!
September 5, 2018 8:10pm
Jared D.
Our favorite part of the zoo is the Northwest Passage! From Polar to Bald Eagles, it’s truly amazing.
September 5, 2018 8:15pm
Ginger Harrison
As a child, I’d not visited a zoo nor had a grandmother to take me, so now that I’ve been given the opportunity to be a Grandmomma, my babies and I go at least once a year. Zoo Boo being a favorite event!
September 5, 2018 8:17pm
Danielle Padgett
I love the community feel of the zoo yet the large abundance of animals. It mirrors the soul of Memphis, small town feel but big city offerings! I would love to go to zoo rendezvous!
September 5, 2018 8:20pm
I love the panda bears and the grizzly bears!
September 5, 2018 8:21pm
Karen H
My favorite part of the zoo is that it is in the middle of the city and the history behind that.
September 5, 2018 8:24pm
Lisa Everly
I LOVE the Zambezi River exhibit! I’ve been to Africa so it reminds me of being there!
September 5, 2018 8:26pm
Laura Everly
I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️
September 5, 2018 8:28pm
Laura Everly
I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️
September 5, 2018 8:29pm
Laura Everly
I love the grizzly bears! Their habitat is so pretty & I love watching them interact together, especially in the water!! ❤️
September 5, 2018 8:30pm
Elin Irvin
The Memphis Zoo is such an awesome and vital part of Memphis. It brings people together from all walks of life in this melting pot of a city. The animals, the people who work there and the events they put on for this city is a joy. 901 all the way!❤️
September 5, 2018 8:34pm
Emily S
My favorite thing about the is how it’s not just a zoo to see all the beautiful animals but also a museum in a way because of all the LEGO, art sculptures, and Ripley’s believe it or not things there from time to time. It’s a great way for me and my kids to see and experience new things.
September 5, 2018 8:37pm
Lydia Luther
It’s my last year of school in Memphis, and Zoo Rendezvous has been such a dream to go to since I’ve been here!
September 5, 2018 8:38pm
Lydia Luther
I love the orangutan family the most!
September 5, 2018 8:40pm
My favorite thing about the Zoo is how much it has grown and developed over the years yet still retains reminders of my visits to the Zoo as a child. As far as the animals go, my favorites have always been the primates.
September 5, 2018 8:41pm
My favorite thing about the zoo is cat country. Also, the front entrance during Halloween when they dress up the statues of the animals.
September 5, 2018 8:51pm
Tracie Stephens
I love how you can watch the polar bears play underwater
September 5, 2018 8:53pm
Chasing the cheetahs at zoom through zoo!
September 5, 2018 9:05pm
Laura H.
Love the uncertainty of if a bird will ever fly onto my head in the bird house....! Our family loves the zoo!!
September 5, 2018 9:22pm
Elizabeth Rabb
I love how amazing my city’s zoo is, really love zoo lights!
September 5, 2018 9:27pm
Laura Hughes
Love the uncertainty of if a bird will fly onto my head in the bird house....! Our family loves the zoo!!
September 5, 2018 9:33pm
Gerrie Walters
My favorite part of the Zoo is the polar bear exhibit. They’re so beautiful and amazing.
September 5, 2018 9:47pm
Shelly L
Best thing are the hippos! My daughter (who’s 8 now) at 2 said she wanted to HUG a hippo.... so we went to the Memphis zoo and of course took a picture of her with a hippo. Now, we go every year and have pictures of her growing up with the hippos. So worth the 2 hour drive.
September 5, 2018 9:47pm
Whitney C.
We love the Memphis Zoo! I love seeing my kids faces light up all the animals, especially in Cat Country!
September 5, 2018 9:48pm
I’ve always loved the China exhibit, but my other favorite part of the zoo is during member nights and special events when all the kiddos jump in the fountain to swim. It’s not usually allowed, except for on special occasions, but they always have so much fun, that it’s hard not to let the children wade around other times as well. Love remembering my daughter as a little swimming in the fountain!
September 5, 2018 9:59pm
I recently moved to Memphis and honestly haven’t been to the zoo yet So this would be the perfect first visit for my boyfriend and me
September 5, 2018 10:05pm
Susannah Hutchins
Favorite thing would be the peacocks roaming around the entrance of the zoo. I have fond memories of chasing them around as a kid, then my mom pulling me into the gift shop and buying peacock feathers to appease me.
September 5, 2018 10:56pm
Ashley Saulsberry
First off, let me say I absolutely LOVE your blog!! As a Memphis native, it is truly sooooo Memphis! ☺️ I’ve loved the Memphis Zoo since I was a kid. I would love when our schools would take us in Elementary! Besides the animals of course, what I love most about the Memphis Zoo are the seasonal events each year! From Zoo Boo at Halloween to Ice Skating and enjoying the Christmas lights during the Winter. Unlike most Zoos, it keeps you engaged all year round!
September 5, 2018 11:01pm
Amie Harper
I love our zoo, always a great time with my boys! We get great use out of our yearly pass! Their favorite is water parts at the front! If I had to pick it would probably be the polar bears!
September 5, 2018 11:20pm
Cherie M. Ganesh
The Memphis Zoo is beautiful and one of the best in the US. As seniors it's fun to watch the children interact with the animals. We'd live to go to the Zoo Rendevous!!!
September 5, 2018 11:51pm
The grizzly enclosure!!! close 2nd....the otters :)
September 6, 2018 12:01am
There are so many things that I love about the zoo. Buy my favorite thing about the Memphis zoo is feeding the giraffes!!
September 6, 2018 12:35am
The elephants & meerkats are my favorite. Feeding the birds is a solid favorite too!
September 6, 2018 12:43am
Go y Woods
Feeding the giraffes is always a treat and something I look forward to!
September 6, 2018 5:19am
My favorite thing at the zoo is cat country!
September 6, 2018 6:12am
Rachael Gorline
I love the new hippo area!
September 6, 2018 6:45am
Heidi Burns
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the diversity of animals. Always something new to see and learn about!
September 6, 2018 7:00am
My favorite are actually the goats on the farm. They are so funny.
September 6, 2018 7:29am
My Favorite is actually the goats at the farm. They are so funny.
September 6, 2018 7:36am
I love the bears!
September 6, 2018 7:39am
My favorite thing about the zoo is Cat Country.
September 6, 2018 7:48am
Erin West
I love the hippos at the zoo. They just make me happy every time.
September 6, 2018 7:52am
I think the goats at the farm are hilarious.
September 6, 2018 7:54am
I think the goats at the farm are hilarious. They are definitely my favorite.
September 6, 2018 7:56am