Sunset Safari, presented by UBS

Upcoming Events

Sunset Safari, presented by UBS

09/20/2018, 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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Eats, drinks and animals galore await you at Sunset Safari, Nashville Zoo's premier annual fundraising event.

Named one of NFocus magazine's Best Parties, wildlife meets nightlife at this unique social event, featuring food and drinks from over 50 of Nashville's best restaurants, plus live entertainment and special animal hosts.

Get your tickets today and join us for this wild occasion on Thursday, September 19!

*Please note that the Zoo will close at 2:00 on Sept. 19 to prepare for this event.

Event Details

Thursday, September 19  |  6:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Benefactors & Patrons enjoy early entry at 5:30pm.
  • Dress: Safari Chic. Wear your strolling shoes.
  • Ages 21+ only. No exceptions.
  • Event will be held rain or shine.

Ticket Types

Tickets on sale June 19!

Admits two guests to the Patron Party in the VIP Lounge with unique animal experiences and special hors d'oeuvres, reserved parking and early entry at 5:30pm to the Main Event. All responses received by August 1 will be included on the invitation.

Admits one guest to the Patron Party in the VIP lounge with unique animal experiences and special hors d'oeuvres. Includes early entry at 5:30pm to the Main Event.

Admits one guest to enjoy unlimited food and beverage from Nashville's finest restaurants and beverage providers.

Buy tickets

Online ticket sales end on 9/18/19 at 11:59 PM.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the Zoo on the night of the event.

Unable to attend? Make a tax-deductible donation to Sunset Safari.

Event Hosts

Presenting Benefactors

Cathy and Jerry Johnson, Nora and Kent Kirby, Wanda and Jerry Lyle

Event Co-Chairs

Allison DeMarcus, Julie Dretler, Karly Hart and Jennie Garth Lowe

Honorary Chairs

Questions? Contact us.

For more information about Sunset Safari, please contact Amanda Holler at or 615-833-1534 x129.


Food & Drink Vendors

Sunset Safari features culinary delights from over 50 of Nashville's best restaurants and beverage purveyors. Check back in August for a full listing of vendors.

Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Barcelona Wine Bar
Bavarian Bierhaus
Ben & Jerry's Catering
Birdie's Frozen Drinks
Blue Moon Waterfront Grille
Chago's Cantina
Char Restaurant
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Crave Catering
Deacon's New South
Donut Distillery
Edley's Bar-B-Que
Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill
Frothy Monkey
Granite City Food and Brewery
HoneyFire BBQ
I Love Juice Bar
Kickin Coffee and Tea/Sidekicks Cafe
Little Fib
MAKEREADY Libations & Liberation
The Melting Pot
Nashville Underground
Nashville Sweets
Noshville Delicatessen
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.
Party Fowl
Rodizio Grill
Saint Stephen
Saltine Fine Food & Drink
Scout's Pub
Sinema Restaurant + Bar
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
The Mockingbird
Tin Roof Bar
Union Teller
Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
Wildhorse Saloon

New for 2019: Best Dish Competition

Competition judges, including Andrew Little (Executive Chef at Josephine), Brad Schmitt (columnist for Inside Nashville, The Tennessean) and Abby Demmer (founder of The Nashville Guide), will award "best savory dish" and "best sweet dish" to their Sunset Safari favorites. Plus, YOU can vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

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