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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
a la Carte

presented by Meijer

August 17-20, 2017

a la Carte

The summer heat marks the arrival of one of Milwaukee’s favorite fests, returning for the 33rd year at the Milwaukee County Zoo. This year’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte presented by Meijer, August 17 through August 20, features 26 area restaurants offering a variety of flavors that will leave you craving more, in addition to top national and local bands performing throughout the Zoo grounds!


  • THE STRAY CATS’ LEE ROCKER – Thursday, August 17 at 8 p.m.
  • RUSTED ROOT – Friday, August 18 at 8 p.m.
  • EVERCLEAR – Saturday, August 19 at 8 p.m.
  • UNITY – Sunday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Click here for a complete schedule of entertainment.


  • CREATE! Join in on Kohl’s Color Wheels, a mobile art experience, and create your own art projects inspired by art in the Milwaukee Art Museum at the Northwestern Mutual Family Farm.
  • RELAX! Sip a glass of fine wine, and enjoy cool sounds from local bands at the Giraffe Village Wine Tent, sponsored by Champion Windows & Sunrooms.
  • DISCOVER! Go under the skin of nature’s most incredible creatures with BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets. The Zoo’s new exhibition features more than 100 specimens on display.
    Adults:  $10, Children (ages 3 to 12): $8


Blackfinn Ameripub
Café el Sol
The Halal Guys
Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Jack’s American Pub
Kalua Hawaiian BBQ
Kealoah’s Ohana Shave Ice
Milwaukee Brat House
Miss Beverly’s Deluxe Barbeque
Reids Roasted Corn – NEW!
Rich’s House of Cakes – NEW!

Rock Bottom Brewery – NEW!
Simma’s Bakery
The Soup Market
Suzy’s Creamcheese Cakes
Three Lions Pub
Thunder Bay
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
Ultimate Confections
Water Street Brewery
Wisconsin Machine Shed Restaurant
Wong’s Wok


Purchase Advanced/Reduced Single Admission Tickets

a la Carte
Café el Sol returns to a la Carte to serve up delicious eats.
  • Adult Advanced Ticket:  $12.25
  • Child Advanced Ticket:  $9.25
  • Available at Tri City National Bank locations through August 20*

Purchase A la Carte Value Tickets

  • Multi-day Pass Valid Thursday, Friday, Saturday OR Sunday 
  • Adult Value Ticket:  $26      
  • Child Value Ticket:  $18
  • Available at Tri City National Bank locations through August 20*

*Cash only for ticket purchases.

Zoological Society membership is valid for a la Carte.


a la Carte
Adults: $14.25
Juniors (ages 3 to 12): $11.25
Children (ages 2 and under): FREE
Seniors (ages 60 and older): $13.25
Parking: $12

All musical entertainment, both national and local, is free with regular admission

There are no reserved seats at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte, so grab your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on our grassy areas and picnic tables! Food tickets, Zoo rides and special attractions can be purchased for an additional charge.  Zoological Society membership is valid for a la Carte.

The 2017 festival is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte is presented by Meijer. Download our new app Zoo a la Carte to plan your food journey and stay up-to-date on all information a la Carte related! For a complete entertainment schedule or additional information, please contact the Zoo at 414.256.5466.

Special thanks to our a la Carte sponsors:
Name-in-title Sponsor: Presenting Sponsor: With major support from:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Meijer Miller Lite  Miller - Great Beer, Great Responsibility
Lakeview Stage Sponsor: Wine Tent Sponsor:
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Champion Windows & Sunrooms