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**Online ticket registration is now closed. You can purchase tickets for the event at the Zoo Entrance starting at 6pm. **


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October 15, 2016 from 6pm to 10pm

Drink brew at the Zoo with the animals during the 7th annual BontebOktoberfest on Saturday, October 15 from 6 to 10 pm. BontebOktoberfest features a wide variety of Michigan craft brews, ciders, meads and wines and is one of the most unique beer tasting events in the state.  Guests must be age 21 with photo ID to attend.

Tickets Prices
$45/person in advance, $50 at the gate
*$25 VIP  Tent Access—$30 at the gate.

General admission ticket includes

  • Collectable tasting glass
  • 12 drink tickets
  •  “Small bite” food pairings from Taste of the Wild Catering
  • Musical entertainment by The Rocketboys and Ryanhood  plus Peter George and the J-Man under the Lounge Tent.
  • Live animal encounters
  • Free  Z.O. & O. train rides and more 

Designated Driver Tickets are also available for $25.

*VIP Tent
VIPs enjoy exclusive beverages and food pairings under the VIP Tent. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the gate (if still available).

Don’t miss the Carousel Derby sponsored by FireKeepers Casino. And enter the Raffle for a chance to win great prizes like a Samsung 55” curved UHD TV!

New this year are Gorilla Gourmet and Latitude 42 selling fabulous food truck fare for the “still hungry”crowd.

Event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Hotel Packages
Overnight packages are available at Holiday Inn Battle Creek and include shuttle transportation to and from the event. Reservations can be made HERE.
An additional shuttle service to FireKeepers Casino will also be available for a nominal fee.

Click here to book a Hotel Package


BontebOktoberfest is named for the bontebok, a rare species of antelope found in the Western Cape Area of South Africa. The bontebok is part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and proceeds from this event helps support Zoo operations as well as the many conservation efforts the Zoo participates in.


Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsBattle Creek Community Foundation