Wine in the Wild


SAVE THE DATE! June 3rd, 2023


Join us for the 16th annual Wine in the Wild on June 3rd, 2023. Stroll the Zoo's trails, sampling a variety of wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres while enjoying live music and the Zoo's wild animal residents. This Sunset Zoo fundraiser is hosted by the Friends of Sunset Zoo. Sample wines generously provided by various wineries and unique blends.

Schedule & Ticket Levels 

5:30 pm to 7 pm | VIP Reception, includes GA entry | $85

The VIP reception begins at 5:30 pm inside the Nature Exploration Center at the Zoo's entryway. Guests enjoy premium wine and gourmet food selections exclusive to the reception. Ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and access to the General Admission event.

7 pm to 9 pm | General Admission | $55

General Admission begins at 7:00 pm as wine and food stations open throughout the Zoo near the South America, Kansas and Australia trails, and live music entertains guests from Chautauqua Amphitheater. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a sparkling wine pour. Ticket includes an commemorative wine glass.

Purchase Tickets (Tickets go on sale April 22)

The ticketing link will take you to an outside Eventbrite Ticketing Site for purchasing.

Limited Number Available, Get Yours Before We Sell Out 

  • Credit Card: Online ticket sales will be available when tickets go on sale. Processing fees apply.
    The above link will take you to an external website that is not maintained by the City of Manhattan. It is maintained by the Friends of Sunset Zoo. The City cannot control the content of an external website and assumes no responsibility for the information that is found there. The provision of this link should not be construed as an endorsement or sponsorship of the external website, its contents, or its host.
  • Cash or Check: Purchase tickets in person at the Zoo's ticket booth open daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the insider's scoop as you make plans to attend the event.

Wine in the Wild is a Friends of Sunset Zoo fundraising event and is held rain or shine. Guests must be 21 to enter; no infants or children will be admitted into the event.

Wine in the Wild 2022 Sponsors:


Presenting Sponsors  Cox Communications and Community First National Bank 
 Wine Sponsors    Nespor's Fine Spirits, Liquid Art Winery, Oz Winery           
 Premiere Food Sponsor  
 Premiere Water Sponsor
 Coca - Cola Bottling 
Executive Sponsors: BHS Construction, Little Apple Pediatric Dentistry, Celebrations of the Heart, Capitol Federal, McCownGordon, Candlewood Veterinary Clinic 
 Photography Sponsor:  We Chase the Light
 Sustaining Sponsors: 
KBS, K-State Credit Union, The Trust Company, Coldwell Banker, GLMV, Commerce Trust Company, Hayden/Kohlmeier Orthodontics, CatCans, Woolley Bee Farm
Associate Sponsors: Kansas Gas Service, Sink, Gordon & Associates, Super Cub, The Simmons Group

Have questions about Wine in the Wild 2022? Contact Friends of Sunset Zoo