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

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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!

Online Ticket sales for each date end at 2 pm the day of the event.
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Beer Tokens
To help you get that first beer even faster, purchase drink tokens with your tickets! Tokens are good for a $7 beer, cider, or wine and cannot be exchanged or refunded. Drink stations will also accept cash or credit.

Be a VIP!
Your VIP ticket gets you a signature item for that month and the option to jump the line to get your next drink!
May item – hellbender socks
June item – Silipint wine and rocks cups
July item – Silipint pint cups
August item – Sherpa tumbler & insulator

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

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

Drink Tokens 
$6 online in advance; $7 at the event

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