What is WALTZ?

WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Hardesty Family Foundation is the zoo’s largest fundraising event. Guests will eat, drink, get up-close animal encounters and dance the night away under neon lights. Still curious? See the vibe in a video from our 2019 event.



When is WALTZ?

Friday, September 17, 2021
6pm – 11pm


Are tickets available?

Yes! Shop here.

All tickets grant entry to an evening of food, drink, animal encounters, live music and seating under the stars.

General Admission: $200
Tulsa Zoo Members: $175
VIP Tickets: $350 (limit 75)
VIP tickets get all general admission perks PLUS two air-conditioned lounges, top shelf drinks and champagne, live music all night.




What do I wear?

At our 30th annual black-tie-optional party comfortable shoes are recommended. Men typically wear anything from khaki shorts and a nice shirt to a suit- want to wear that tuxedo jacket with shorts? Go for it! Women wear cocktail dresses or sundresses- animal themed accessories are always welcome!



What about the weather?

Wine and dine, rain or shine! We do our best to keep guests cool and dry, but please dress prepared for this outdoor event.



Are the food and drinks included?




Is the event all ages?

No, guests must be 21 or over to attend.



Can I ride the train?

Of course! The train will run at the end of the night to return guests to the front of the zoo.



Will I see any animals?

Yes! As you walk into Lost Kingdom meet, greet and learn about animals up close from our docents. Lost Kingdom is open for you to explore during the restaurant hours.



I forgot to buy a ticket, can I purchase one at the door?

To provide the best event experience tickets must be purchased in advance.

You can purchase tickets online or over the phone. Tickets purchased before September 11 will be mailed. Any tickets purchased on or after this date will be mailed. Any tickets purchased on or after this date will be available at will-call (located at the bottom of the main entry bridge) the night of the event. Tickets purchased the day of the event must be done via phone before 5pm. Tickets are non-refundable.



Is my ticket tax-deductible?

Yes! A portion of every ticket is tax deductible. You will receive a tax letter with your purchase.



What are the VIP Areas?

There are two VIP air-conditioned lounges available to VIP ticket attendees. Chic seating, upgraded cocktails, live music. Supporting, Major and Presenting Sponsors receive VIP tickets as part of their sponsorship package. Wristbands (mailed with tickets) are required for entry.



How do I become a sponsor?

We offer a wide variety of sponsor levels (details here) that come with a variety of VIP perks, available for purchase through our Corporate Sponsorship Manager directly. Jenna Friend, at 918-669-6614.

Already know what sponsor level you are interested in? Shop here.



What does Waltz on the Wild Side presented by Hardesty Family Foundation benefit?

Your support of WALTZ helps us achieve our mission of Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.



I have more questions about the event, who should I contact?

Feel free to give us a call at 918-669-6601 or email events@tulsazoo.org.