Moonlight on the Mountain

Full Zoo Experience • Live Music • Adults 21+ • All-inclusive Food & Drink Samples

Moonlight on the Mountain
Kick off your summer with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during the first adults-only event of the season! Enjoy all-inclusive 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 have you dancing the night away until 10 p.m.! All event proceeds benefit the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals. Our generous restaurant and beverage partners donate their product samples for this important Zoo fundraiser. All samples are available while supplies last. This event is expected to sell out early, so grab your tickets now!

Want to know what to expect?

As an example, DOWNLOAD / VIEW the FULL MOONLIGHT PROGRAM 2018 – includes map, animal shows and activities.


Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 6 – 10 p.m. (early entry for VIPs from 5-5:30 p.m.)
Last admission at 8 p.m.; animal exhibits open until 8 p.m.; event closes at 10 p.m.


Online Tickets are on sale!
VIP early-entry tickets – * $99.75 (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 27, 2019, 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 include:

Complimentary souvenir sampling cup and spork, which help us make this a waste-wise event.

  • All-inclusive beverage sampling from regional breweries, wineries, distilleries and soft-drink crafters.
  • All-inclusive food sampling from regional restaurants.
  • Live musical entertainment throughout the Zoo.
  • Sky Ride tickets $5 per person at front gate (6-8 p.m. only, last ride up at 7:30 p.m).
  • 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 include: (These tickets are SOLD OUT!)
VIP early admission from 5 to 5:30 p.m. only. 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 Encounter Africa sampling hub.
  • The Encounter Africa vendors will open early, just for VIPs. (You’ll also be in a prime spot to access the rest of the event when it opens at 6 p.m.!)
  • Premium souvenir sampling cup.
  • Complimentary Sky Ride experience (6-8 p.m. only, last ride up at 7:30 p.m).



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 June 27, 2019, or when tickets are sold out.
  • VIP tickets are limited – buy yours early, before they sell out!
  • No refunds available after Friday, June 14, 2019.
  • 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 all-inclusive 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

Join us for fun animal shows and demos throughout the early evening!
(Weather permitting. Animal areas and exhibits close at 8 p.m.)

  • 5:15 p.m. – VIP – African Crested Porcupine “Waffles” at Encounter Africa
  • 6:15 p.m. – Tiger Enrichment Demo at Asian Highlands
  • 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



Libations & Grub

Our generous restaurant and beverage partners donate their product samples for this important Zoo fundraiser. All samples are available while supplies last.


Sample beer, wine and liquor from these regional companies!
3 Hundred Days Distilling
Annapurna Mead
Brass Brewing
Bristol Brewing Company
Cheers Liquor Mart
Cockpit Craft Distillery
Colorado Cider Company
D’Vine Wine
Evergood Elixirs
FH Beerworks
Fossil Craft Beer Company
Hold Fast Coffee Co
Kangaroo Coffee
Nano 108 Brewing Company
Peaks N Pines Brewing Company
Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Smiling Toad
Storybook Brewing
Vapor Distillery
Vino Colorado Winery at the Sweet Elephant

Complimentary fountain soda at Grizzly Grill and cash bar at Rocky Mountain BBQ.

Want to be a vendor?
Contact [email protected] or call 719-424-7847.


Savor food from some of your local favorites below!
Garden of the Gods Catering
Il Vicino
Momma Pearl’s Cajun Kitchen
Outback Steak House
Rudy’s Country Store and Bar -B-Q
Ted’s Montana Grill
The Bench
The Melting Pot
Till Kitchen
ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop
Zoe’s Kitchen

Want to be a vendor?
Contact [email protected] or call 719-424-7847.



Enrichment Vibes & Fun


Encounter regional bands for your listening pleasure!
Please check for listings!

Want to book this gig?
Contact [email protected] or call 719-424-7847.




Interested in volunteering for this adults-only event?
We still need volunteers (age 21+) to help out throughout the evening on Thursday, June 27 from 4:15 p.m. – 10 p.m. Volunteers will get to enjoy food, live music and animal shows throughout the night.

To sign up as a Moonlight on the Mountain volunteer, please visit


To be a sponsor for this event call Jenny Koch at 719-424-7814 or email at [email protected].
To be a vendor for this event call 719-424-7847 or email at [email protected].

Questions: Please call 719-633-9925 or email at [email protected].


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