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.
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.
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!
Birds in Flight
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22Four Saturdays only! Get 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.
BrewLights at ZooLights
Thursday, November 29, 2018Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event, will take place during ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
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Friday, November 23, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019Join 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.
Night of the Living Zoo
Friday, October 26, 2018Prepare 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.
Boo at the Zoo
Friday, October 19, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018With 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
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.
Conservation Discovery Day
Saturday, October 6, 2018SOLD OUT! Attend the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's annual festival—the one day a year that this unique research facility is open to the public!
Sunday, September 23, 2018Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at ZooFiesta. This free, family event includes animal feedings, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment.
Thursday, September 13, 2018Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked on Sept. 13 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
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!
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
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.
Brew at the Zoo
Thursday, July 19, 2018On July 19, 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.
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
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.
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.
ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife
Thursday, May 17, 2018This 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.
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.
International Family Equality Day at the Zoo
Sunday, May 6, 2018Celebrate 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.
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.