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Lone Star Soirée

This Event Has Passed Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:31 p.m to 10:31 p.m

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Online ticket sales have closed.
Tickets may still be purchased at the gate for $45.

Note: Tickets include 1 free drink per guest. 

This is your chance to explore the newest exhibit at the Houston Zoo – Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands. Come meet a few Texas natives, like the American alligator, screech owl, and whooping cranes.

Guests can enjoy a variety of taco selections, a margarita bar, DJ, a customized leather bracelet station, live ice carving of a Texas sized creation, and photobooth fun! Bring your dancing shoes so you can join in on line-dancing and salsa dance lessons. You and your friends can also enjoy giant lawn games including Jenga, Connect Four, Ring Toss, and Cornhole.

Event Schedule: 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Guests may explore the zoo, ride the carousel and view TXU Energy Presents Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo!
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Party at the Reflection Pool complete with festive mariachi music!

Specialty Drink: Strawberry Margarita
What better classic cocktail to represent the Lone Star State than a margarita? Here we took a classic and added a little sweet to match the southern charm of our Texas residents.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Tickets will be sold at the event for an increased cost. 

After Dark Series

Enjoy the Zoo with food, adult beverages and no kids! Don’t miss the newest way to experience the Houston Zoo. The Zoo is staying open late just for the 21-and-up crowd.

If you purchase the After Dark 3-Pack, you can save $15! The 3-Pack series includes:


What keeper chats will be available?

  • 6:30 p.m. – Texas Wetlands: American Alligator
  • 7:00 p.m. – Texas Wetlands: Whooping Crane
  • 7:30 p.m. – Sea Lion Show
  • 8:00 p.m. – Kipp Aquarium
  • 8:30 p.m. – Reptile and Amphibian Houston (Texas herps)

Can I purchase additional drinks at each event?

Yes, cash bars will be available during each event.

What is the attire?

We encourage guests to have fun with each themed night! You can wear whatever you will be comfortable in. Please remember that you will be outside and walking, so dress appropriately.

What is the cancellation policy?

This event is rain or shine. A few animal buildings will be open, but most of the event is outdoors.

Is the entire Zoo open during the entire event time?

The Zoo is open for guests to explore from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Starting at 8:00 p.m., most of our animals will be tucked in for the evening, and the event will take place in a limited area of the Zoo.

Where should I park?

Our main parking lot is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, and parking will be available throughout the Hermann Park parking areas.

We encourage you to arrive early, carpool or use your favorite “rideshare” app, or take the METRORail, if possible.

What if I have to cancel prior to the event?

Unfortunately, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is the rain plan?

This even is rain or shine. There will be a few animal building open, but most of the event is outdoors.

Will all Zoo entrances be open?

Please enter through the Zoo’s main entrance. The Medical Center Entrance will not be open.

Do I need to print my ticket(s)?

Present the digital ticket on your mobile device to scan for entry. By going paperless, you are helping save local animals, like black bears, in the wild!

Who should I call if I have any other questions?

Please contact our call center at 713-533-6500 with event questions, questions about purchasing tickets or our online ordering system.