Noc’tails 2013

Date: 26-Sep-2013
Capacity: 670 spots available


Join us for Beats, Bugs and Big Cats


Thursday, September 26
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception and Preview of our new special exhibition Big Bugs: Outside the Box 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. General Admission (Guests must be 21 or older to attend)
Can you Dougie with our 500-pound African lion staring at you? Will your glow-sticking impress our colony of 50 Magellanic penguins? To find out, join us for the second annual Noc’tails Silent Disco! All the stars will be aligned: galaxies over your head and the Zoo’s star babies nearby, including our Sumatran tiger cub, Jillian, and “Prince” George, one of our newest penguin chicks. 

Enter through the South Gate (follow your GPS toward 1 Zoo Road, which is off of Zerbst Road) and receive a set of wireless headphones to connect to three live DJs. (The headphones protect the animals, who prefer silence to techno.) The music is powered by Silent Storm Sound System, with DJ Eli Wilkie spinning from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. DJ Earworm, DJ ALIA and DJ David Paul will be taking over from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

Ride to and from Noc'tails in style: Download the UBER Ride app and sign in with promo code SFNoctails and receive $20 off!

Animal encounters, dancing and food trucks (Boneyard, Cheese Gone Wild, Frozen Kuhsterd and others!) will take place around Lion House plaza – with the Zoo’s newest special exhibition Bugs: Outside the Box open for viewing in the Pachyderm Building. Come with an appetite, because there will be plenty to eat and drink.

Tip: Want to enjoy a night free of lines and interruptions? Buy a VIP ticket. VIPs will be treated to a cocktail reception and a preview of our new traveling exhibit, Big Bugs: Outside the Box. They will meet the Big Cat keepers in the Lion House and our penguins from Penguin Island. All food and beverage will be free in the exclusive VIP Lounge.


VIP Ticket - $100
General Admission - $40
Tickets available at the door until 10:00 pm