Toast Our Coasts

Join the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and event chairs Sarah and Calvin Ford for our spectacular, annual 21-and-older fundraising gala, Sunset at the Zoo “Toast Our Coasts” on Friday, June 19, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunset, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, will provide a sensational evening complete with exquisite cuisine from 45 of Metro Detroit’s finest restaurants, delectable drinks, magnificent live entertainment, dancing under the stars and “zoonique” prizes. More than 2,200 guests will enjoy exclusive access to expansive and naturalistic animal habitats during a fun-filled evening unlike any other!

This year’s event will create excitement for the future Great Lakes Center for Nature, which will focus exclusively on Great Lake ecosystems. The Center will be the largest public complex dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes and moving people to action to preserve the wonders they hold. Design of the 30,000 square-foot facility will begin this year and construction will commence in 2021. From water to wildlife, Sunset will celebrate the many things that make this region “Great.” Dive in and join us in honoring the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes.

Benefactor and Patron ticket holders are invited to a VIP Reception at the Zoo’s Cotton Family Wetlands from 5:30 to 7 p.m. before the gala opens to the public. Guests will enjoy entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Sunset at the Zoo is more than a great party. With your support, you are helping to advance the Detroit Zoological Society’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.

This grand celebration promises to be the freshest ticket in town!

Watch highlights from Sunset at the Zoo 2019, themed “Asian Forest.”



Sunset at the Zoo is a rain-or-shine event. Sunset tickets are non-refundable. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. The Zoo reserves the right to request ID at the door.

The Zoo will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19, in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.