Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo offers extraordinary opportunities to host an event in a fun and educational environment while surrounded by wildlife from around the world.
Have you heard the buzz? The Zoo now allows social events! Gather your herd and head to the Zoo for your wedding reception, birthday or other milestone party. Need a new spot for your office outing? We also book corporate events like company picnics and networking receptions.*
Come by for a site visit to select the perfect spot for your event. Choose from our many catering, tenting and entertainment options. We’ll handle everything during the event, so you can enjoy a stress-free day.
Your event helps support the Zoo's important wildlife conservation, science and public education programs. Rental fees do not include any direct event costs, such as catering, tents or additional expenses, and they are dependent on event type, time of event and group size.
We look forward to helping you plan a wonderfully wild event!
*Unfortunately, fundraising, ticketed events, product sales and political functions are not permitted. Facilities cannot be rented for events that are open to the public.