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New features planned for 10th Annual Event to be held Saturday, February 9

Contact: Erin Scott

Sr. Manager Marketing & Public Relations

760-346-5694 x.2610

Celebrate the 10th year of saving wildlife one brew at time at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ Annual Brew at the Zoo in Palm Desert, presented by MacLean Capital Advisors, on Saturday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets at reduced prices are on sale now.

Guests will enjoy a wide variety of beverage tastings from more than 30 vendors representing many of the region’s finest specialty breweries, wineries, as well as other libations, including liquor and non-alcoholic beverages. New this year, 10 Southern California based food trucks will be on hand to offer a wide-variety of gourmet street fare for purchase. 

Also new this year, guests will not want to miss the opportunity to take a ride on a hot air balloon! Tethered balloon rides, available for an additional fee, will offer stunning vistas of the Zoo, as well as plenty of photo ops. The evening also includes four stages of live entertainment set throughout the park. Attendees will have exciting animal encounters and also can explore the African section of the park to see zebras, cheetahs, warthogs, Arabian oryx and many other animals. 

“Brew at the Zoo is one of our major fundraisers that people look forward to each year and we are thrilled about the new date, features and fun this year’s event will showcase,” said Dawn Petrick, Director of Park Services and Guest Relations. “By attending guests are ‘Saving Wildlife One Beer at a Time’ and supporting our mission of desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.” 

A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which include all general admission activities plus early entry at 6 p.m. and access to exclusive VIP lounge, play-for-fun casino games, full bar, and catered food in Village WaTuTu.

Brew at the Zoo in Palm Desert, presented by MacLean Capital Advisors, is sponsored by the City of Palm Desert, Taste Catering, Signature Party Rentals, Whitewater Rock, Ace Printing, and Walter Clark Legal Group. All proceeds benefit The Living Desert’s conservation and education programs. 

Through February 8, general admission tickets are $60 for members and $65 for non-members. VIP tickets are $150 and designated driver tickets are available for $20. Tickets at the door are $70 members and $75 for non-members. General admission tickets include beverage tastings and entertainment; additional fees apply for all food and the tethered hot air balloon rides. This is a 21 and older event, and all guests must bring a valid photo ID for admission. Smoking is prohibited. Parking is free. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave. in Palm Desert. For more information, visit or call (760) 346-5694.

About the Living Desert:

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit