Join us for our annual fundraiser, Toast to Tails, to enjoy an evening of 1920’s-themed activities, sample beverages from local vendors, and experience the zoo like never before!

General admission tickets SALE! Tickets are now BUY ONE GET ONE FREE – no code needed!

  • Beer, wine, and spirit tastings from local and regional vendors
  • Heavy appetizers and food available
  • Animal encounters (Main Building, Griggs Learning Center, Primate Conservation Center, and Nocturnal exhibits all open)
  • Dancing lessons & demonstrations courtesy of North Shore Ballroom
  • Music from Complete Weddings + Events
  • Dessert & coffee in our “speakeasy”
  • Silent auction & raffle
  • Silent film theatre with a popcorn bar

Proceeds from this event go directly towards animal care, construction of future habitats, and helping us to continue to rescue animals that cannot survive in the wild on their own.

This event is for ages 21+, 1920s-themed attire is encouraged but not required!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be NA options?

Yes! We have asked vendors to bring NA options if available. Water, coffee, soda, Recess drinks, and other beverages will also be available.

Do I have to wear 1920’s-themed attire to attend?

Themed attire is encouraged but not required!

Will there be food?

Absolutely! We will have several appetizer options thanks to our local community:

  • Coffee from Almanac Coffee – Toast to Tails is the premiere of their brand-new Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified roast!
  • Blackwoods Grill & Bar
  • Burnett Dairy – Be the first to try their delicious cheese – Duluth location opening later this year!
  • Costco
  • Green Mill
  • Desserts from How Sweet It Is & Insomnia Cookies
  • Mt. Royal Market
  • The Social House
  • Pizza Lucé
  • Valentini’s
  • Zen House
What is included in the VIP Experience?

To make your Toast to Tails night even more memorable, your exclusive VIP ticket will unlock early event access at 5 p.m. for a special behind-the-scenes tour, signature tasting from the Duluth Whiskey Project one free signature drink, and a free limited-edition Toast to Tails low-ball glass courtesy of 4Imprint!

What beer, wine, and spirit vendors will be available?

We are excited to welcome 12 local vendors including:

  • Bent Paddle Brewing Company
  • Blacklist Brewing Co.
  • Canal Park Brewing Company
  • Castle Danger Brewing
  • Duluth Cider
  • Hoops Brewing Company
  • Invictus Brewing Company
  • Ursa Minor Brewing
  • Vikre Distillery
  • White Winter Winery
  • Wild State Cider
  • Wine from Super One Liquor
Can I buy a limited edition event glass if I’m not a VIP?

Yes! You can either add a glass onto your general admission ticket or purchase one the evening of the event. You’ll want this special glass for your signature cocktail!

What kind of silent auction items are there to bid on?

Click here to bid on our online auction items through Sunday, May 5!

We are so grateful to local businesses and organizations for their generous donations including:

  • Downhill skis from Ski Hut
  • Half day e-bike rental
  • Northwest Outlet gift card
  • Boomtown gift card
  • Tattoo time from Skin Deep Tattoo & Piercing
  • Sunday Funday package from Skyline Social & Games
  • Gift card and book package from Zenith Bookstore
  • Whitewater rafting package from Swiftwater Adventures
  • Lyric Kitchen and Bar gift card
  • 2 sightseeing tours + gift card from Vista Fleet
  • Package from Vikre Distillery
  • Art piece from Superior Currents
  • 4 rounds of golf from Black Bear Resort
  • 2 rounds of golf from Nemadji Golf Course
  • and more!

Specialty Drink Sponsor

Decor Sponsor

Click HERE to Sponsor!

Thank you to our generous event sponsors and partners for supporting the Lake Superior Zoo!