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Special Events

June Member Celebration Artwork
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Join FONZ at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Saturday, June 24 for the June Member Celebration where members and their families get special access to exclusive animal demonstrations and a behind... more

guests at brew at the zoo
Thursday, July 20, 2017

On July 20, enjoy great times and great brews with animal encounters, live music, fare from popular food trucks and unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries. Tickets on sale now!

A woman in a red dress handing another woman in a white dress a glass of wine
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked (formerly Grapes with the Apes) on Sept. 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. 

lion tackling a giant ball
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Celebrate Enrichment Day at the National Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 16! Zoo patrons will have the opportunity to attend demonstrations, participate in training and enrichment activities, and talk to... more

a graphic representation of different colored monkey silhouettes with overlay text which reads "Gala"
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Calling 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... more

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Campus
Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's annual festival —the only time of year this one-of-a-kind breeding and research facility is open to the public.

Past Events

ZooFari event artwork
Thursday, May 18, 2017

This premier culinary event features more than 100 of Washington, D.C.'s restaurants and vintners — all in the wild setting of the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Tickets on sale now!

common yellowthroat: a small migratory bird with a dark mask by Gregory Gough
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spread your wings for bird conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! The International Migratory Bird Day festival features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations — all in the... more

boy reaching to put his fingers in a cup of dirt
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Plan ahead and on Earth Day 2017, make the Smithsonian's National Zoo your go-to place to participate in green-themed activities.

lemur playing with a brown paper bag painted with a bunny
Monday, April 17, 2017

Celebrate Easter Monday on April 17 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with family-focused activities, including special animal demonstrations, field games, live entertainment, an egg hunt and a... more

Giant panda Bao Bao eats a piece of bamboo outside in the snow
Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Join 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.

Couple standing in front of tree with lights
Thursday, December 8, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 8, ZooLights amps up the romance for couples, featuring an exclusive date night giveaway and holiday carolers at the Great Meadow.

BrewLights guests standing next to ZooLights light sculpture
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event, will take place during ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

zoolights entrance
Friday, November 25, 2016 to Sunday, January 1, 2017

Join 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.

visitors dressed up at night of the living zoo
Friday, October 28, 2016

Prepare 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.

little boy dressed as cowboy
Friday, October 21, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016

With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family.

dancers at zoo fiesta
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at ZooFiesta. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin America-inspired food... more

sculpture of a great white shark made from recycled plastic

The "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" exhibit has ended.

Giant panda Bao Bao climbing her birthday ice cake

Come 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.

alpacas at the kid's farm

Celebrate the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Kids' Farm every day in April with special activities and animal demonstrations. Stay turned for 2017 activities!

Zoo Sleepovers

two sleepy looking adult lions

Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!

Lion and cub

Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!