Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Upcoming Events

Jewels of Appalachia Exhibit Opening

October 17, 2015

Peer into the underground world of salamanders and learn about the tiny creatures critical to an entire ecosystem. Join us as we unveil our new Jewels of Appalachia exhibit in the Reptile Discovery Center. Special activities will include "Meet a Salamander" keeper talks, animal demonstrations, a coloring activity and a salamander "selfie" station.

Boo at the Zoo

October 23, 24, 25, 2015

Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC's favorite Halloween treat. With more than 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, thousands of Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

Night of the Living Zoo

October 30, 2015

Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo's annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it's a wicked night of fun that you won't want to miss.

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 202.633.4470.