What is WALTZ?

Standing for We All Love Tulsa Zoo, 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. Still curious? See the vibe in the below video.

When is WALTZ?

Friday, September 22, 2023
6 p.m. -11 p.m.

Are tickets available?

Purchase Tickets

General Admission $200 // $175 Members

6-8 p.m.
Meet ambassador animals
Sip cocktails, wine, beer, soda
Taste local dining favorites

8-11 p.m.
Live music & dancing
Sip cocktails, wine, beer, soda
Late-night snacks


VIP $350 (limited quantity)
General admission perks plus

Access to VIP-exclusive lounges stocked with custom-crafted cocktails and exclusive frozen sips

6-8 p.m.
Rajan’s retreat in Lost Kingdom with specialty entertainment

6-11 p.m.
Lion’s Den at Penguin’s Plaza near live music and dance floor

What do I wear?

Embrace the spirit of adventure as we journey through the savanna. Grab your best cotton shirts, light and airy linens, khaki attire, sun protection and footwear to embark on your journey in style.

Will you be handing out complimentary flip-flops?

No. Did you know that flip-flops are one of the biggest threats to penguins and all ocean life? In an effort to support ocean conservation, we have eliminated this giveaway at our event.

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?

Absolutely, but please make sure you drink responsibly.

Is the event for 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 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.

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 lounges available to VIP ticket attendees. Chic seating, exclusive photo booth, upgraded cocktails, champagne, 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 emailing [email protected].

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

Your support of WALTZ benefits William S. Smith African Wilds: Carnivores.

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

Feel free to give us a call at 918-669-6601 or emailĀ [email protected].