Summer Safari

Aug 04

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, which directly supports wildlife conservation projects, ensures the highest standards of animal wellbeing, and increases education programs and accessibility throughout our communities. Summer Safari is a driving force that makes these initiatives possible, and, with your support, we can continue to foster a better world for wildlife together.

Adults 21 & older only


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

Purchase Tickets 

*Patron ticket holders will receive invitation to the Patron party from 6 - 7 p.m. The patron party allows you to enter the event an hour early for an intimate cocktail hour with heavy hors d'oeuvres, exclusive animal experiences, additional entertainment, and the opportunity to talk with zoo keepers and animal care professionals about your favorite animal residents and their remarkable stories.

Online Auction

Open Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m. - Friday, Aug. 4 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:

  • Goodyear Blimp ride
  • Giant Momentum hybrid bike
  • Tickets to 'The Wiz' at Playhouse Square
  • Cleveland Guardians 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. 4 at 9:30 p.m. 


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