Animal Discovery Days
March 20, April 4, May 29 and moreAnimal Discovery Days shine a spotlight on different animals around the Zoo. Each day includes special demonstrations, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife conservation.
Chelsea Clinton on Saving Endangered Species
Wednesday, April 10, 2019Chelsea Clinton welcomes young readers and their families for a special reading and hands-on activities inspired by the book’s endangered animals.
Evening Event: Chelsea Clinton on Saving Endangered Species
Wednesday, April 10, 2019Chelsea Clinton comes to the Smithsonian's National Zoo to discuss her new book, Don't Let Them Disappear.
Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration▸ View all
Monday, April 22, 2019This year it's double the fun on April 22, as the Zoo's Easter Monday Celebration coincides with Earth Day!
International Family Equality Day at the Zoo
Sunday, May 5, 2019Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity at the Zoo with family-focused activities, from field games with prizes, to special animal enrichment demonstrations and live entertainment.
ZooFari: Bite Night
Thursday, May 16, 2019D.C.'s longest-running restaurant tasting event returns — and in 2019, it's more appetizing than ever.
Brew at the Zoo
Thursday, July 18, 2019On July 18, enjoy great times and great brews with animal encounters, live music, fare from popular food trucks and unlimited beer tastings.
Thursday, September 12, 2019Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked on Sept. 12 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Saturday, September 21, 2019Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at ZooFiesta. This free, family event includes animal feedings, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment.
American Treasures: 2019 Gala
Thursday, September 26, 2019Save the date for the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Gala on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019!
Conservation Discovery Day
Saturday, October 5, 2019Attend the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's annual festival — the one day a year that this unique research facility is open to the public!
Boo at the Zoo
Friday, October 18, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole... more
Night of the Living Zoo
Friday, October 25, 2019Prepare to witness death-defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo, sponsored by Groupon.
Friday, November 29, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances and tasty winter treats.
BrewLights at ZooLights
Thursday, December 12, 2019Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event, will take place during ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! Spaces are still available for our adults-only overnights featuring the Elephant Community Center, American Trail, Cheetah Conservation... more
Spend a wild night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this summer!
FREE Film Screening: Journey of the Whooping Crane
Sunday, March 17, 2019The whooping crane has the distinction of being North America's tallest bird and, sadly, also one of its rarest. Learn how groups are working together to save these birds.
FREE Film Screening: Field in Focus
Saturday, March 16, 2019Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute invites you to a film screening at the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium as part of the 2019 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's... more
Giant Panda Housewarming Celebration
Saturday, February 23, 2019Celebrate the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat's new, colorful and interactive exhibit, on Feb. 23, 2019.
Birds in Flight▸ View all
April 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 28Get an up-close look at exotic birds as they soar overhead and exhibit natural behaviors in this FREE, limited-run show.
GRUMP Holiday Market
Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018GRUMP, the alternative art and crafts holiday show, is coming to ZooLights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo from Dec. 7 to 9.
Nerd Nite DC at the Zoo
Saturday, October 13, 2018The Zoo is hosting Nerd Nite DC for an animal-themed evening of creative presentations and libations! Don't miss the chance to explore the comedic side of science. Nerd Nite is a 21+ event.
Saturday, August 25, 2018Celebrate Enrichment Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 25! Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to participate in training and enrichment activities, attend demonstrations and... more
The Fast & the Fierce 5K
Saturday, August 25, 2018Head to Freedom Plaza for The Fast & the Fierce 5K and fun run. Then, make your way to the Zoo for an after-party on the Great Meadow!
FREE: Outdoor Concert at the Zoo
Thursday, July 26, 2018On July 26, attend a free, outdoor concert at the Zoo featuring student musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute.
June Member Celebration
Saturday, June 30, 2018Friends of the National Zoo members get exclusive access to American Trail and Research Hill during this free annual event.
FONZ 60th Celebration
Saturday, June 30, 2018On Saturday, June 30, visit the Zoo for a day full of themed enrichment (for the animals) and free treats (for our guests). Best of all, it’s open to the public. Celebrate with Us
Solstice Saturday at the Zoo
Saturday, June 23, 2018On June 23 the Smithsonian will mark the first Saturday of summer—Solstice Saturday—by staying open late and hosting parties, programs, and performances. In celebration, the Zoo will have extended... more
FREE Lecture and Panel: Giraffes: The Silent Extinction
Monday, May 21, 2018Giraffe populations have dwindled rapidly over the past few decades. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the efforts to save this charismatic species.
World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 12, 2018Spread your wings for bird conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! The World Migratory Bird Day festival features family friendly activities, games and demonstrations.
Conservation Immersion Seminar
Friday, May 11, 2018Join leading experts at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on May 11, 2018, for an in-depth discussion on bird conservation.
Earth Optimism Day
Saturday, April 21, 2018Plan ahead and on Earth Day 2018, make the Smithsonian's National Zoo your go-to place to participate in green-themed activities.
FREE: National Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Zoo
Sunday, April 15, 2018The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is thrilled to host members of the National Symphony Orchestra for a free, engaging musical performance for all ages on April 15.
Monday, April 2, 2018Celebrate Easter Monday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with family-focused activities, including special animal demonstrations, field games, live entertainment, an egg hunt and a visit from the... more
FREE Film Screening: Laws of the Lizard
Saturday, March 24, 2018Follow award-winning filmmakers to tell the surprising story of anole lizards—how they spread through Latin America and the Caribbean, conquered every possible habitat and diversified into hundreds... more
FREE Film Screening: Mind of a Giant
Sunday, March 18, 2018"Mind of a Giant" explores what it is like to be a modern elephant surviving in a world of poachers, new human settlements and other dangers.
Monkey Business: 2017 Gala
Thursday, September 28, 2017Calling all party animals to join fellow Zoo patrons for some Monkey Business, a non-traditional gala to benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in partnership with... more
Zoo Happy Hours
Thurs, Fri, Sat and SunHooray for Zoo Happy Hour! Weekdays got you down? How about a pick-me-up at the new Zoo Happy Hour. Get wild Thursday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Panda Overlook (a short walk from the Zoo's... more
Sept. 7 to Oct. 29
Sept. 7 to Oct. 29
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 2017Observe the solar eclipse at the Smithsonian's National Zoo through a safe solar telescope and free safe eclipse glasses provided by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
Beach Drive Block Party
Sunday, August 20, 2017Celebrate the brand new Beach Drive!
Bye Bye, Bao Bao
Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 21, 2017Join the Zoo for a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bao Bao before she begins the next chapter of her life in China.
Date Night at ZooLights
Thursday, December 8, 2016On Thursday, Dec. 8, ZooLights amps up the romance for couples, featuring an exclusive date night giveaway and holiday carolers at the Great Meadow.
Washed AshoreThe "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" exhibit has ended.
Giant Panda Birthday CelebrationCome celebrate the birthdays of giant pandas Bao Bao, Bei Bei, and Tian Tian. Visitors can watch as the giant pandas devour frozen birthday "cakes" and see animal demonstrations.