Turtle Back on Tap

Turtle Back on Tap


Saturday, September 24th
6pm to 9pm
Rain date: Sunday, September 25th

Turtle Back on Tap 2022

This fundraiser let’s you enjoy tasting dozens of beers and wines from around the corner and around the world, all set to the backdrop of Essex County Turtle Back Zoo.

Wine and spirit tastings available as well as food vendors. Turtle Back on Tap is a benefit for the Essex County Parks Foundation.

NOTE: This event is a rebrand of our Ales ‘N Tails fundraiser.


Funds raised at Turtle Back on Tap support the Essex County Parks Foundation, a 501c3 organization that supports local activities and programs in the County Parks throughout Essex County.



$60 general admission

$15 designated driver

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*Please note: Changes to vendor list and locations many change at last minute



  • Hangover Pretzel Co.
  • Bacon Bites
  • A Taco Affair
  • Mutha Puffin Cotton Candy
  • Carousel
  • Lawn Games
  • Original cocktails
  • Western Son Vodka
  • Cafe Agave
  • Boen
  • Mouradian prime
  • Badger Mountain
  • Jersey Cyclone
  • North Coast
  • Ghost Hawk
  • Untied
  • Heavy real
  • Blakes Cider


  • Flamingo
  • Aval Cider
  • NJ Beer Co.
  • Rusty Rail Brewing
  • South 40 Brewing
  • Mother Earth Brewing
  • Fort Nonsense
  • Surfside Hard Tea
  • Noca Seltzer
  • Chido
  • Caddy Cocktails
  • Capriccio
  • LFG
  • Jersey Wines
  • Game of Thrones
  • Weed Cellars
  • 1924

Touch Tank:

  • Empanada Truck
  • Pizza Vita
  • Blue Rain Ice Cream
  • Reptile House
  • Education Table
  • Train
  • Iheart Sparking wine
  • Sokol Blosser
  • A to Z Wines
  • Lamole
  • Heineken
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Dos Equis
  • Angry Orchard
  • Ommegang
  • White Claw
  • Brooklyn
  • Yuengling
  • Fishers Island Lemonade
  • Current Spirits
  • Thomas Ashbourne


If available, Tickets will also be available for sale at the door the night of the event.



Support your local parks while taking part in an evening out in the Zoo sampling dozens of seasonal brews from around the corner and around the world. Food is not included in admission, but is available for purchase.

Only guests ages 21 and over will be permitted. All guests must have a valid ID and possess a ticket.

Please note that although this event takes place at the Zoo, many areas will be closed and animals in for the night. We are excited to still welcome you into our Reptile House and hope you take time to enjoy a evening train or carousel ride.

Turtle Back on Tap will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, patrons and vendors will be able to access indoor/ covered space.  All sales are final. No refunds.

Please note there is no return admission to the event. Once you leave, you are not permitted back on grounds as per our state regulations.

Restrictions: All guests are required to drink responsibly. Guests needing assistance will be helped to find a safe ride home.

Have other questions? Check out our FAQs.



Event is Rain or Shine.

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