Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Upcoming Events


November 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016 (except for December 24, 25, and 31)

Zoolights, powered by Pepco, is the foremost holiday tradition in the DC Metro Area: a free holiday event that attracts over 100,000 people each year. Amidst the holiday lights, attractions, and cups of warm apple cider you'll find endless opportunities to begin new holiday traditions.


December 3, 2015

Introducing our hoppiest holiday event yet, BrewLights. BrewLights will take place during ZooLights, Powered by Pepco, as a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries as well as sample savory foods from top DC restaurants all under the bright lights of DC's favorite holiday tradition. All proceeds support the critical work of the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute – including species preservation and animal care.

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.