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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Fred P
Meerkats!!! Also the Zoo has done an awesome job with the new exhibits opening every few years... Teton Trek, NW Passage, Hippo Camp.. we have a GREAT ZOO.
September 6, 2018 8:09am
Ken Z
I love the Northwest territory - It really reminds me of the pacific northwest. It's done very well.
September 6, 2018 8:37am
All the different cats!! Especially the lions!
September 6, 2018 8:37am
Ken Z
I think the Zoo does its Zoo Lights campaign very well. It really sets a winter holiday mood and is a great time to get some friends and spend an evening at the zoo.
September 6, 2018 8:40am
Jessica Davis
I grew up in Memphis and I never realized until I got older and visited other cities how awesome our zoo is. My family ate zoo members and I love taking my boys! It has been a lifesaver with a 3 and 5 year old to have such a cool place to take them on the weekends. It gets us all out of the house, and let’s them experience so many animals that they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see. Our favorites are the penguins and giraffes. It’s so big that pushing a double stroller around the whole zoo is a great workout as an added bonus! I tell everyone I know to get a membership. The zoo is definitely one of the things I love most about Memphis!
September 6, 2018 8:42am
The zookeepers and how hard they work to keep the animals healthy and happy so we can all enjoy them! Also Rowan the baby Orangutan, because could you get any cuter?
September 6, 2018 8:44am
Shaina Zakalik
I don't see my other comment, so I'm trying again! My favorite at the zoo is the panda exhibit.
September 6, 2018 8:44am
Nick Watkins
My favorite thing is how we used to go there on field trips as kids!
September 6, 2018 9:34am
Liz Harrell
My favorite thing at the zoo is how well heir exhibits are made and how well they are maintained. Same goes for the rest of the zoo, they take such good care of it so the public can enjoy a clean zoo.
September 6, 2018 9:38am
Liz Harrell
Actually the butterfly house hasn’t been there in a while.
September 6, 2018 9:39am
The Grizzly enclosure!! A close 2nd, the otters :D
September 6, 2018 9:48am
Kelsey Clarkson
My favorite thing about the zoo is the Northwest Passage. The sea lions are always entertaining and put on a great show. Also who doesn't love a Polar Bear?! It's a pretty awesome transformation our zoo has gone through since I was a kid going there.
September 6, 2018 10:00am
There's a lot to love, but I'm going to stick my neck out and say the Giraffes are my favorite.
September 6, 2018 10:18am
Katie Maynard
I love to the baby animals with their mommies!
September 6, 2018 10:29am
Katie Maynard
I love to see the baby animals!
September 6, 2018 10:30am
Karen Wright
I love the monkeys, especially the babies :)
September 6, 2018 11:13am
I absolutely love the giraffes and the cat lounge at the zoo!
September 6, 2018 11:15am
I absolutely adore the polar and grizzly bears! The new baby giraffe is adorable too! ❤️
September 6, 2018 11:20am
My favorite part of visiting the zoo is getting to see the giraffes. My daughter gets so excited when we visit them!
September 6, 2018 11:29am
Erin Nelson
September 6, 2018 11:42am
Our favorite thing at the zoo (right now with a toddler..!!) is the petting zoo and the "wions!!" We love the Memphis Zoo!
September 6, 2018 11:42am
Juan Manuel
My favorite thing at the Memphis Zoo is feeding the giraffes. So true, they were the center piece in our engagement announcement.
September 6, 2018 11:48am
The Red Panadas are the best!
September 6, 2018 11:51am
Terry Lane
The tigers and cougars are my fave animals to see at the zoo! I just wanna cuddle up with them, but I'm thinking that might not be a good idea?!
September 6, 2018 11:57am
Reina Christian
By far my favorite attraction at the Zoo arethe sealions! Such jovial souls those sealions have and they remind me to have s good time in life!
September 6, 2018 11:57am
What’s not to love about the Memphis zoo? The panda bears and polar bears are definitely favorites. Teton Trek is awesome. Once Upon a Farm is much fun for kids. All the above plus lions, tigers, elephants, hippos, and giraffes.
September 6, 2018 11:59am
Dirk Kitterlin
I love the sea lion show and the polar bears!
September 6, 2018 12:19pm
Renee Raiford
I LOVE The Memphis Zoo because it is the epicenter of Memphis activities for all ages no matter what season! Winter, Sunmer, Spring, or Fall! Events we enjoyed as kids we now pass on to future generations!
September 6, 2018 1:58pm
Christina Naguiat
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo other than the animals, are the various exhibits that they put on throughout the year!
September 6, 2018 2:41pm
The pandas!!
September 6, 2018 2:43pm
Ruth G.
I love what they've done with the Rhino exhibit. Such an improvement from years ago. I like how you can view them under the water or go upstairs and look down at them.
September 6, 2018 2:46pm
I love that, despite the fact it has been expanded, updated, and upgraded several times over the years, it still feels as amazing and magical as it did the first time I walked past those giant animals out front as a kid so long ago. I’ve been a member for many years as an adult, but it never fails to stir up excitement when I know I’ll be visiting. It’s such a fantastic representation of Memphis and our community.
September 6, 2018 2:46pm
I love the wide variety of animals and habitats at the zoo!
September 6, 2018 2:51pm
I love the elephants! But my boyfriend will say the frozen lemonades are the best part.
September 6, 2018 2:59pm
Lisa Carayiannis
Red Pandas are my favorite part of the zoo!
September 6, 2018 3:25pm
My favorite thing about the zoo is cat cat country!
September 6, 2018 3:40pm
Stephanie Adney
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the naucternal exhibit with the bats!
September 6, 2018 3:42pm
Alicia Johnson
My favorite thing about the Memphis Zoo is the hippo exhibit! We loved seeing the baby!
September 6, 2018 3:44pm
I love how our zoo is a gathering place for the whole city, from Zoo Boo and Zoom thru the Zoo and all the activities and camps it offers. And nothing beats our flamingo welcome to the new, amazing hippo home!
September 6, 2018 3:45pm
We love seeing the hippos in their new home with plenty of room to swim!
September 6, 2018 4:41pm
Glenda Padgett
As a result of urbanization we have become increasingly removed and alienated from nature. A trip to the Memphis Zoo gives me contact with nature in its wildest form. It is a restorative experience, an oasis in the mayhem of city life that gives me an inner calm. I am looking forward to my next visit to the Memphis Zoo and the calming effect it gives me as I stroll through the paradise it offers.
September 6, 2018 5:01pm
Glenda Padgett
As a result of urbanization we have become increasingly removed and alienated from nature. A trip to the Memphis Zoo gives me contact with nature in its wildest form! It is a restorative experience, an oasis in the mayhem of city life that gives me an inner calm. I am looking forward to my next visit to the Memphis Zoo and the calming effect it gives me as I stroll through the paradise it offers.
September 6, 2018 5:11pm
Love slurping up a frozen Minute Maid while riding around on the air conditioned trolley!
September 6, 2018 6:17pm
Keely Toney
It was fun to see the new baby Giraffe
September 6, 2018 6:19pm
Mark sanchez
I love to go on a weekday in the fall. Walking around and enjoying the calm of all the animals and the structure of the zoo.
September 6, 2018 6:21pm
My FAVORITE thing about the Memphis Zoo are the bonobos!! They are so adorable and active. I could watch them all day!
September 6, 2018 7:06pm
Angela Cornell
The Memphis Zoo has multiple events through out the year that bring the community together. From Zoo Boo to Zoo Lights, these events provide the Memphis community a place to celebrate the animals and congregate in celebration throughout the year. These holiday events were some of my favorite to attend throughout my childhood and now into my adulthood. I love getting to share these memories with my husband and his family.
September 6, 2018 7:25pm
My favorite thing as the Memphis Zoo is Christmas at the Zoo. It’s enjoyable to see the Christmas lights out along with the animals.
September 6, 2018 7:29pm
Stephanie Peterson
We love our Memphis Zoo! Our favorite thing is checking out the nocturnal animals . The black lights and fluorescent colors add some extra fun for the kids. :)
September 6, 2018 8:06pm
Deborah Crawford
I’ve been enjoying the Memphis Zoo for more years than I will admit here, and I love the animals —the penguins, the elephants & giraffes, the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! But my favorite is always the monkeys (and apes.) Kindred spirits? Perhaps.
September 6, 2018 9:21pm