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September 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

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GrowlFest comes ROARING back for its fifth year! Come get your growl on at the Virginia Zoo! Join us for a fun-filled evening of beer and cider, food trucks, and games. This event benefits the Sunrise and Downtown Rotary Clubs of Norfolk and the Virginia Zoo. GrowlFest 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.

Participating Breweries:

  • Alewerks
  • Back Bay Brewing
  • Bold Mariner
  • Bold Rock
  • Cape Charles
  • Commonwealth
  • New Realm
  • O’Connor
  • Sly Clyde
  • Smartmouth
  • Starr Hill
  • Young Veterans

Participating Food Trucks:

  • Rita’s- Italian ice
  • Cast Iron BBQ- BBQ sandwiches, sides, platters
  • Capt’n Crabby- Crab cakes
  • Locoto’s- Bolivian/Indonesian
  • J&K Style Grill- Nachos, tacos
  • Sofrito- Puerto Rican Street Food


  • Full Package Adult (21+):  $30 Day-Of $40
  • Non-Drinking Adult (21+): $15 Day-Of $25
  • Youth (2-20): $15
  • Under 2:  Free (no ticket needed)

Additional Drink tickets are $2 per ticket.  Additional reusable tasting cups are $3 per cup.

1 ticket = 4 oz tasting

3 tickets =12 oz beer pour

The first 1,000 Full Package Adult ticket purchasers will receive the commemorative GrowlFest Beer Glass.  Glasses will be picked up upon exiting the Zoo at the front gates.

2021 Growl Fest Sponsors:

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