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October 14, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm

Drink brew at the Zoo with the animals during the 8th annual Bonteboktoberfest on Saturday, October 14 from 6 to 10 pm. Bonteboktoberfest features a wide variety of Michigan craft brews, ciders, meads and wines and is one of the most unique beer tasting events in the state. Guests must be age 21 with photo ID to attend.

Tickets are limited:

$45/person pre-register, $50 at the gate
$25/designated driver
$25 VIP Tent, $30 at the gate

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General admission ticket includes:

  • Collectable tasting glass
  • 12 drink tickets
  • “Small bite” food pairings from Taste of the Wild Catering
  • Musical entertainment by The Andrew Leahey & the Homestead and Matt Hires plus the Ufkes duo under the Lounge Tent.
  • Live animal encounters
  • Free Z.O. & O. train rides and more 

VIP Tent
VIPs enjoy exclusive beverages and food pairings under the VIP Tent. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the gate (if still available).

Don’t miss the Carousel Derby sponsored by FireKeepers Casino. And enter the Raffle for a chance to win great prizes!

Adding to the festivities FireKeepers Casino Catering, Gorilla Gourmet, Arcadia Ales Twisted Tale and Latitude 42 will be selling fabulous food truck fare for the “still hungry” crowd.

Hotel Packages
Overnight packages are available at Holiday Inn Battle Creek and include shuttle transportation to and from the event. Reservations can be made by calling Holiday Inn directly or the worldwide reservation service.

  1. Calling the hotel directly at 269-979-0500 and using code BO1, B02 or BO3

  2. Calling the worldwide Holiday Inn Reservations at 800-465-4329 and using code BO1, B02 or BO3

An additional shuttle service to FireKeepers Casino will also be available for a nominal fee.


Bonteboktoberfest is named for the bontebok, a rare species of antelope found in the Western Cape Area of South Africa. The bontebok is part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and proceeds from this event help support Zoo operations and many conservation organizations.



BontebokOktoberfest Vendors


Arcadia Ales

Elk Brewing Co.

RoaK Brewing Co.

Badass Beer Co.

Founders Brewing Co.

Rochester Mills Brewery

Bell’s Brewery

Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co.

Round Barn Winery & Brewery

Big Lake Brewing

Grand River Brewery & Cherry Creek Winery & Ciders

The Sangria Shop

Blake’s Hard Cider

Great Mead Hall

Saugatuck Brewing Co.

B Nektar Meadery

Latitude 42

Short’s Brewing Co

Atwater Brewery

New Holland Brewing

Territorial Brewing Co

Brite Eyes Brewing Co.

One Well Brewing Co.

Tibb’s Brewing Co.

Boatyard Brewing Co.

Paw Paw Brewing

Black Dragon Meadery


Perrin Brewing Co.

Griffin Claw

Charlotte Brewing Co.

Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

Tapistry Brewing Co.

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Right Brain Brewing Co.


Event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsBattle Creek Community Foundation