Growl Fest 2018

October 6, 2018

October 6, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Virginia Zoo

Come get your growl on at the Virginia Zoo! Join us for a fun-filled evening of beer, food trucks, a DJ and games at Growl Fest to benefit the Sunrise and Downtown Rotary Clubs of Norfolk and the Virginia Zoo.

Local breweries will each be serving up two of their favorite brews, attendees can feast from the area’s best food trucks, and there will be a Children’s Play Area hosted by the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. Growl Fest includes exclusive after-hours access to the Zoo, with the animals on exhibit until 7 pm. This is fun for the whole family or a group of your wildest friends.

Ticket cost will increase by $10 the day of the event. Rain or Shine.

The Adult Beer ticket must be purchased for anyone wanting to drink beer or wine at the event.

The first 1,000 Adult Beer ticket purchasers will receive the commemorative 2018 Growl Fest growler.

Growlers will be picked up upon exiting the Zoo at the front gates. Growlers cannot be filled at this event.

Participating Breweries & available beers:

All participating breweries will offer 10% off growler fills at these participating breweries through October 31, 2018:

  • Benchtop Brewing Co. — Hazing Face Pale Ale & Diamond Star Halo IPA
  • Bold Mariner Brewing Co. — Frogman Lager & Dog Zebra
  • O’Connor Brewing Co. — Irish Stout & Golden Pear
  • Rip Rap Brewing Co. — Sea Chest Saison & Breakwater Cream Ale
  • Smartmouth Brewery — Oktoberfest & Alter Ego
  • St. George Brewery — Porter & Oktoberfest
  • Tradition Brewing Co. — Mothership Cream Ale & Altstadt Altbier
  • Bearded Bird Brewing — Trippin’ on Berries & Handlebar Hummingbird Hefeweizen

Sly Clyde — Submersive & InkJet hard ciders and full pours of wine also available. 

Participating Food Vendors:

Bodacious Pizza

Capt’n Crabby

Cast Iron Urban Meatery

Chesapeake Concessions

Vicki Vails

and the Virginia Zoo!


  • $25: Adult Drinking ticket (includes growler, 2 beers OR 6 tasting tasting tickets)
  • $10: Adult Non-Drinking ticket (does not include growlers or beer tickets)
  • $10: Youth ticket (2-20)
  • Free: Under 2

Additional drink tickets are $2 per ticket.

1 ticket = 4 oz tasting

3 tickets =12 oz beer pour

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