Zoo Debut

Saturday, September 11, 2021  |  5PM – 11PM

About the Night

Join us for Racine's premier black-tie event, Zoo Debut, a themed charity fundraising gala. Indulge in an open bar, seated gourmet catered dinner, live music and entertainment, and live and silent auctions.This dazzling event will be a night to remember! Funds raised will benefit veterinary and essential daily animal care, education programs, conservation efforts, and so much more. Your support is the key to our continued success of providing positive wildlife experiences for guests of all ages.


Attire is black-tie or fashionably masquerade or animal inspired.


Auctions will be held online through the GiveSmart program. See the sidebar to participate or for FAQs. Anyone 18+ can participate in the auctions even if you don't attend the event! You must be 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction packages. Live auction items will only be available during specified times during the event. 


Silent Auction:

  • Opens Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10AM (CDT)
  • Closes Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 11PM (CDT)

Live Auction:

  • Opens Saturday, September 11 at 6PM (CDT)
  • Closes Saturday, September 11 at 7PM (CDT)


$150 per person through Monday, August 16, 2021

$175 per person starting Tuesday, August 17, 2021 

MUST RSVP by Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Scroll down to save your spot!


Only purchase tickets through the Racine Zoo website or in person at the Zoo. All other places tickets may be sold are a scam.

There are no physical tickets for this event. Your name will be put on a list at the entrance of the event. Please bring your ID.

See our current COVID-19 policy. Sanitation stations will be located nearby for your safety.