Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Brews & Bears

after-hours summer event series

the second Friday in May, June, July, and August from 5:30 pm to 8 pm

  • Watch Black Bears Uno and Ursa enjoy popsicle enrichment
  • Learn how to help bears in the wild with BearWise
  • Walk the park with your favorite drink in hand
  • Support the wild animals you love with this fundraiser!

Tickets will be available for purchase starting in April!

Questions? E-mail


Beer Tokens
To help you get that first beer even faster, purchase drink tokens with your tickets! Tokens are good for a $5 beer or cider and cannot be exchanged or refunded. Drink stations will also accept cash or credit card the night of the event. 

Be a VIP!
Your VIP ticket gets you event access, a signature Brews and Bears insulator cup that you can use at the event, and the option to jump the line to get your next drink!

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Members*: $15
Non-members: $20
Children (ages 3-12, member & nonmember): $10

VIP Access 
Members*: $30
Non-members: $35

Tickets will be available for purchase starting in April!

Brews and Bears events are intended primarily for adults, although families are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Children 2 and under are free. This is a rain or shine event, and guests will need to bring a valid photo ID to purchase alcoholic beverages or use beer tokens. Tickets can be purchased in advance and may be available for purchase at the door if the event is not sold out ahead of time.

*Friends of the WNC Nature Center members receive a discounted ticket price. Membership cards will be checked at the event. Become a member at to take advantage of this discount and other great benefits!

Proceeds from ticket 
and beverage sales go to the Friends of the WNC Nature Center and help support various programs throughout the park, including animal enrichment and habitat renovations. 

Brews & Bears Sponsors

Brews & Bears Vendors