Learn how to get discounted tickets, make reservations & attend the new SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews event

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SeaWorld Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brew

Did you know that SeaWorld San Diego has a brand new event planned for the fall?  It is a great event that was planned with the current pandemic in mind.  Different measures have been put into place to make sure it can be a safe event.  But at the same time, it is going to be a fun event.  It features great animal experiences, delicious food, and great beer!

Ticket Reservation

But part of how this event was designed with safety in mind is that it is a limited ticket event.  That way, there won’t be too many people in the park.  So you will need to have a ticket-based reservation.  What that means is that you won’t be able to make a reservation without having already bought a ticket first.  You can do that here.  Please note that even if you are a Pass Member or you have a Fun Card, you will still need to make a reservation.

Event Dates

But now back to the event.  And specifically when you can attend this event.  It takes place from August 28th through September 27th.  It is only available on the weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays).  The event will also take place on Labor Day.  And it runs from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.


So you may have noticed BBQ is in the title of the event.  And that is because there is a lot of great BBQ available at this event!  Here are some of the delicious dishes available at each dining location around the park.

Shipwreck Reef Cafe

Here is Shipwreck Reef Cafe’s special menu:

  • BBQ Brisket Slider (Stone IPA BBQ Sauce, Tobacco Onions Vermont Cheddar & Pickled Aioli)
  • Grilled BBQ Cheeseburger (Stone IPA BBQ Sauce, Tobacco Onions Vermont Cheddar, & Pickled Aioli)
  • BBQ Salmon with a Ginger Sesame Glaze
  • Hot Chicken Slider (Habanero Jam & Pickles)
  • Mac & Cheese or Tenders & Fries for Kids

Mama Stella’s

Here is Mama Stella’s special menu:

  • BBQ Pork Slider (Stone IPA BBQ Sauce, Tobacco Onions & Apple Slaw)
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza with Mozzarella, Red Onion & Cilantro
  • Smoked BBQ Chicken Quesadilla (Sour Cream, Salsa & Guacamole)
  • Beer-Battered Fish & Chips with Tangy Tartar Sauce & Lemon
  • Mac & Cheese or Fish & Chips for Kids

Calypso Bay Smokehouse

Here is the special menu at Calypso Bay Smokehouse:

  • St. Louis BBQ Ribs (Slowly Smoked Pork Ribs & Stone IPA BBQ Sauce)
  • BBQ Quartered Chicken (Smoked and Smothered in BBQ Sauce)
  • Drunken Shrimp Tacos with Serrano and Coriander Salsa Verde
  • Fried Green Tomato Slider (Pretzel Bun with Onion Ring, Pimento Cheese & Arugula)

Explorer’s Café

Here is the special menu at Explorer’s Café:

  • Grilled BBQ Bratwurst (Ballast Point Caramelized Onions, Pickled Mustard & Pretzel Roll)
  • Stone IPA Chicken Wings
  • Cali Hot Dog (Mexican Style Street Dog with Caramelized Onions, Salsa Verde & Cojita)
  • Grilled Fish Tacos Al Pastor (Red Guajilo & Pineapple Salsa)

All Restaurants

In addition to the special menu that I just told you about, there are specific foods that are available at all dining locations.


You can get:

  • BBQ Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Impossible Burger (Vegetarian)
  • Grilled Veggie & Hummus Wrap (Vegetarian)

Hot Sides

You can get:

  • Stone IPA Chili Cheese Fries
  • French Fries
  • Colassal Onion Rings

Cold Sides

You can get:

  • Side Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Apple Slaw

Craft Brew, Wine & Cocktail

So I told you about the food.  But what about the drinks?  The drinks available are worth the price of admission alone!  They have over 50 local craft beer selections!  They also have cocktails and wine.

Local Craft Beer

Here is the local craft beer you can buy here.

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California)

  • Scorpion Bowl IPA
  • Stone IPA
  • Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager
  • Pale Ale
  • Delicious IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Co. (Miramar, California)

  • California Kolsch
  • Fathom IPA
  • Sculpin IPA
  • Friars Ale

Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)

  • Red Trolley Ale
  • Aurora Hoppyalis IPA
  • Follow the Sun Pilsner

Duck Foot Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)

  • Hop’em Sock’em
  • Kook Slams
  • The Looker Blonder Ale

Mike Hess Brewing (Miramar, California)

  • Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA
  • Grapefruit Solis
  • Hop Cloud

Thorn Street Brewery (San Diego, California)

  • Rock the Pale Ale
  • Hopster Pot
  • Barrio Lager

Belching Beaver Brewery (Vista, California)

  • Mango IPA
  • Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Saint Archer Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)

  • Hazy IPA
  • Tropical IPA

Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado, California)

  • Salty Crew Blonde Ale
  • Orange Ave Wit

SouthNorte Beer Co. (San Diego, California)

  • No Guey
  • Sea Señor

New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colorado)

  • New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO
  • Fat Tire Amber Ale

Alesmith Brewing Co. (San Diego, California)

  • San Diego Pale Ale .394

Pizza Port Brewing Co. (Solana Beach, California)

  • Chronic Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, California)

  • 805 Blonde Ale

Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, California)

  • Balboa Blonde

Shock Top Brewing Co. (St. Louis, Missouri)

  • Shock Top Belgium White


There are also great cocktails available, too.

  • Cutwater Spirits (San Diego, California)
    • Bali Hai Tiki Rum Mai Tai
    • Vodka Mule
    • Rum Mint Mojito
  • Frozen Margarita
    • Milagro Silver Tequila, Lime
  • Frozen Piña Colada
    • Flor De Cana Rum, Pineapple

Wine & Seltzers

And there are wine & seltzers available, too!

  • Underwood Wine (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
    • Pinot Gris
    • Rosé
    • Pinot Noir
  • Beso Del Sol (Spain)
    • Rosé Sangria
    • White Sangria
    • Red Sangria
  • White Claw Hard Seltzer
    • Mango
    • Black Cherry
  • Truly Hard Seltzer Hard Seltzer
    • Pineapple

Animal Exhibits

But it wouldn’t be a visit to SeaWorld San Diego without seeing their amazing animals!  A lot of animal exhibits are available for you to enjoy during the event.  That is because they have great open-air animal viewing areas.

Animals you can enjoy seeing include:

  • Orcas
  • Dolphins
  • Bamboo Sharks
  • Sea Lions
  • Magellanic Penguins
  • Otters
  • Flamingos
  • California Bat Rays
  • Horseshoe Crabs
  • Rays
  • Cleaner Fish

Animal Presentations

In addition to exhibits, you can enjoy educational presentations in outdoor seating venues with socially distant seating.  These animal presentations include:

  • Dolphin Days
  • Orca Encounter
  • Sea Lion Show

Live Music

Did you know that SeaWorld Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brew also features live music?  You can enjoy listening to local award-winning artists playing Spanish guitar, R&B, and more.

Sesame Street Meet-and-Greets

There are also meet and greet opportunities with Sesame Street characters!  This is a great photo opportunity!

Discounted Tickets

So how do you get discounted tickets?  Click here for cheaper tickets.

Also, make sure you buy your parking pass before you go.  That is a safer way of getting your parking ticket than waiting until you go.