Moonlight on the Mountain

Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • Unlimited Food & Drink Samples

Moonlight on the Mountain
Mix and mingle under the stars at a unique, adults-only evening event at the Zoo! This is one of the region’s premier annual mixers featuring the best food and drink our region has to offer. Enjoy unlimited samples of beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks while tasting delicious eats from area restaurants. Local musicians will set the mood throughout the Zoo and will have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m.! All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals.

Want to know what to expect?

Download / view PDF of the FULL MOONLIGHT PROGRAM 2017


Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 6 – 10 p.m. (early entry for VIPs from 5-5:30 p.m.)


VIP early-entry tickets – $95.75* (available in advance only) SOLD OUT!
General admission in advance – $70.75*
Day-of General admission – $80.75
(if not sold out)

**Advance ticket sales will end at 4 p.m., June 29, 2017, or when tickets are sold out.
If General Admission tickets are still available, they’ll be sold at the Zoo admission windows beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the event. VIP tickets are only available in advance.



General admission tickets:
Last admission at 8 p.m.; animal exhibits open until 8 p.m.; event closes at 10 p.m.
General admission ticket includes:

  • Complimentary souvenir sampling cup and spork.
  • Unlimited beverage sampling from regional breweries, wineries, distilleries and soft-drink crafters.
  • Unlimited food sampling from regional restaurants.
  • Live musical entertainment throughout the Zoo.
  • The full Zoo experience from 6 – 8 p.m. including special animal shows and demos. (Animal exhibits close at 8 p.m.)

VIP early-entry tickets: (These tickets are SOLD OUT! )
VIP early admission from 5 to 5:30 p.m. only. Last admission at 8 p.m.; animal exhibits open until 8 p.m.; event closes at 10 p.m. VIP early-entry ticket includes all general admission benefits, PLUS:

  • Admission gates will be open from 5 to 5:30 p.m. for priority entry into the event, just for VIPs.
  • Premium souvenir sampling cup.
  • Complimentary Sky Ride experience (6-8 p.m. only).





More Event Details

  • Moonlight on the Mountain will take place, rain or shine. All food/drink/music stations will be protected from the elements, but guests may want to bring an umbrella to walk from area to area.
  • General admission and VIP early-entry tickets may be purchased online until 11:59 p.m., June 27, 2017, or until they sell out, whichever comes first.
  • VIP tickets are limited – buy yours early, before they sell out!
  • No refunds available after Friday, June 16, 2017.
  • Dress for a fun night of food, drinks and dancing, but remember you will be walking up and down hills at the Zoo!
  • Please remember to print your e-ticket for admission to Moonlight on the Mountain.
  • ID is required for admission (NO EXCEPTIONS).
  • A cash bar will be available, in addition to unlimited sampling.
  • Please drink responsibly and plan for a designated driver.
  • Please carpool – it’s good for the environment.

*$0.75 of each ticket is allocated to Quarters for Conservation. Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) is an exciting initiative to greatly enhance our wildlife conservation work. Through the collection of quarters, we’ll provide funding for new and existing wildlife conservation projects. This program provides an opportunity to engage our staff and community in the effort, while also significantly expanding our contribution to wildlife conservation in our region and around the globe.


Animal Shows Schedule

Weather permitting. Animal areas close at 8 p.m.

  • 5:45 p.m. – VIP Elephant Demo at Encounter Africa
  • 6:15 p.m. – Vulture Enrichment Demo at Giraffe Plaza
  • 6:30 p.m. – Rocky Mountain Goat Show at Moonlight Curve
  • 6:45 p.m. – Red River Hog Demo at African Rift Valley
  • 7:00 p.m. – Gator Feeding and Keeper Talk at Australia Walkabout
  • 7:15 p.m. – Grizzly Bear Enrichment Demo at Rocky Mountain Wild
  • 7:30 p.m. – Tegu Meet & Greet at Scutes Family Gallery
  • 7:45 p.m. – Tiger Enrichment Demo at Asian Highlands


Libations & Grub


Sample beer, wine and liquor from these regional companies:
3 Hundred Days Distilling
Bristol Brewing Company
Cockpit Craft Distillery
Colorado Cider Company
Distillery 291 LLC
Downslope Distilling Inc.
Fieldhouse Brewing Company
Lee’s Spirits
Nano 108 Brewing Company
Oskar Blues Brewery
Peaks N Pines Brewing Company
Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
Red Leg Brewing Company
Rock Bottom Brewing Company
Ska Brewing
Smiling Toad Brewery
Storybook Brewing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey
Upslope Brewing Company
Whistle Pig Brewing Company

Want to be a vendor?
Contact or call 719-424-7847.


Savor food from some of your local favorites:
Black Bear Diner
Cowboy Star
Garden of the Gods Market and Café
Greenline Grill
Il Vicino
La Casita Mexican Grill
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Odyssey Gastropub
Red Gravy
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rudy’s Country Store and BAR-B-Q
Sarges’ Grill
The Melting Pot
Tucanos Brazillian Grill

Want to be a vendor?
Contact or call 719-424-7847.



Enrichment Vibes & Fun


Encounter regional bands for your listening pleasure.
Blue Frog
Heart Shaped Records
Jeremy Facknitz
Talking Tree Drummers
Tenderfoot Bluegrass
Tricia Parish Band
WireWood Station

Want to book this gig?
Contact or call 719-424-7847.



To be a vendor or sponsor for this event call 719-424-7847 or email at

Questions: Please call 719-633-9925 or email at


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