Growl Fest

September 14, 2019

September 14, 2019
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. Growl Fest includes exclusive after-hours access to the Zoo, with select animals on exhibit late. This is fun for the whole family or a group of your wildest friends.

11 Virginia breweries will each be serving a variety of brews, attendees can feast from the area’s best food trucks, and there will be a Children’s Play Area. Train rides, $2.

Tickets will be available for purchase August 1.

Location: Event Pavilion and Field


  • $25: Adult Drinking ticket (includes growler, 2 beers OR 6 tasting tickets)
  • $10: Adult Non-Drinking ticket (does not include growlers or beer tickets)
  • $10: Youth ticket (2-20) // Free: Under 2
  • Ticket cost will increase by $10 the day of the event.
  • Additional drink tickets are $2 per ticket.
    • 1 ticket = 4 oz tasting
    • 3 tickets =12 oz beer pour
  • Please note: The Adult Beer ticket must be purchased for anyone wanting to drink beer or wine at the event.
  • Alewerks (Williamsburg)
  • Back Bay (Virginia Beach)
  • Bold Mariner (Norfolk)
  • Bold Rock (Nellysford)
  • Center of the Universe (Ashland)
  • Commonwealth (Virginia Beach)
  • Elation (Norfolk)
  • O’Connor (Norfolk)
  • Smartmouth (Norfolk)
Food Trucks:
  • Cast Iron Catering
  • Vicki Vail’s
  • Hangry’s
  • Chesapeake Concessions
  • N’awlins Xscape

The first 1,000 Adult Beer ticket purchasers will receive the commemorative 2019 Growl Fest growler.

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

This event is Rain or Shine.

Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors:

Click here for more information on sponsoring Growl Fest 2019.