Summer Safari

Aug 05

7 - 10 p.m.

Summer Safari Lion Head LogoSpend an adventurous evening at the Akron Zoo filled with fun entertainment, remarkable animals and good company!

Enjoy live music and entertainment, drinks and a tasting trail throughout the park while surrounded by wildlife. In addition, take part in an online auction for your chance to win exclusive zoo experiences, exciting area events and fantastic items provided by local supporters. 

Proceeds from the event benefit Akron Zoo's Animal Fund, directly supporting animal welfare, conservation action and education accessibility throughout Northeast Ohio. Summer Safari is a driving force that makes these initiatives possible. Your support helps the zoo continually foster a better world for wildlife.

Adults 21 & older only


  • General admission: $100
  • Patron: $250*

*Patron ticket holders will receive invitation to the Patron Party from 6 - 7 p.m.


Raffle Tickets


  • 1 raffle ticket: $50
  • 3 raffle tickets: $100

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ohio Stadium and cheer on your Ohio State Buckeyes with two tickets to the most anticipated matchup of the season against the University of Michigan on Saturday, November 26, 2022! Watch the excitement in Ohio Stadium from the incredible view in Section 23C, Row 6, Seats 21 & 22.

In addition, enjoy a one night stay for two adults just minutes from the stadium at Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU, a $150 debit card to use as you please, two Ohio State Shirts (M & XL), and an Ohio State football signed by legendary coach Jim Tressel to add to your collection.

Purchase Raffle Tickets

Silent Auction

Open Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. - Friday, Aug. 5 at 9:30* p.m.

Unable to make it to Summer Safari, but interested in winning some cool prizes? You can bid on different items on our mobile site. You do not need to be present at the event to win!

Auction items include:

  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Bruce Springsteen tickets
  • Firestone Fazio foursome
  • 12 months of spa days at Meglio Salon & Spa
  • Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit tickets
  • Hoppin' Frog Brewery brew your own beer experience
  • Akron Zoo animal art
  • Ohio State football tickets
  • Exclusive Akron Zoo experiences
  • And much more!

You can bid on items through Friday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 p.m. *Premier auction items to close at 9 p.m.

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2022 Summer Safari Event Map

Thank you to our presenting sponsors:

Orr Family Foundation Logo Lehner Family Foundation Logo

If you would like to participate in Summer Safari as a donor, sponsor, volunteer or guest, please contact Caroline Lutz at 330-375-2550 ext. 7231 or

Guests in the zoo gardens during Summer Safari