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?
Ticket sales are closed for this year’s event.
General Admission $200 // $175 Members
MEET AMBASSADOR ANIMALS
SIP COCKTAILS, WINE, BEER, SODA
TASTE LOCAL DINING FAVORITES
LIVE MUSIC & DANCING
VIP $350 (limited quantity of 75 tickets)
GENERAL ADMISSION PERKS PLUS
ACCESS TO VIP-EXCLUSIVE LOUNGES STOCKED WITH TOP SHELF FAVORITES
RAJAN’S RETREAT IN LOST KINGDOM WITH ACOUSTIC GUITARIST & EXCLUSIVE PHOTO BOOTH
LION’S DEN IN H.A. CHAPMAN EVENT LODGE NEAR LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE FLOOR
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!
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?
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. Ticket sales for this year’s event are closed.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.