Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Upcoming Events

Grapes with the Apes

September 1, 2016

It's time to party with the primates! Raise a glass for conservation and enjoy tastings from local and national wineries and vineyards. Unwind as you experience an evening in the beautiful setting of the Smithsonian's National Zoo with live music, fare from local food trucks, and exclusive after-hours access to the Great Ape House–home to the Zoo's six western lowland gorillas.

Enrichment Day

September 10, 2016

Join us for the Smithsonian's National Zoo's most exciting day of the year—Enrichment Day! Attend demonstrations, participate in training and enrichment activities, and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals.


September 18, 2016

¡Celebramos! Kick-off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at ZooFiesta: Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia, a free event on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.

Birthday Parties

FONZ family members have the opportunity to throw a wild birthday celebration at the Zoo. Parties are held on weekends throughout the year.

Sponsor an Event

Find out how your company can partner with FONZ to sponsor an event—and reach a huge audience of people who love the renowned National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

Host an Event

The Zoo can also be a great venue for YOUR special event! Corporations, associations, and others who make unrestricted gifts to the Zoo are invited to co-sponsor a special celebratory event and can choose to hold a dinner, reception, picnic, or other similar activity in accordance with our special event policy and guidelines.

FONZ and the National Zoo host a variety of fun and educational special events and celebrations. Some are free, some are fundraisers, and all are a guaranteed great time.

For information on membership or our events, please call phone icon202.633.4470.