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Have you heard the buzz? The Zoo now allows social events, including wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate events, company picnics and networking receptions. Check out the Host an Event page to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019

Meet and interact with larger-than-life dinosaurs in Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live theater production. Buy Tickets Now

June 1 - Sept. 2
11:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Pandas are on the big screen in “PANDAS,” a breathtaking documentary adventure for the whole family. Playing June 1 to Sept. 2 at the Zoo Theater.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Experience the phenomenon of migration at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s Wildlife Migration Day. Play games, sip Bird Friendly® coffee and test your animal tracking skills.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked, sponsored by Total Wine & More, on Sept. 12 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Join us at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 14, for Friends of the National Zoo’s second annual The Fast & the Fierce 5K, sponsored by Aegis Project Controls!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at ZooFiesta. This free, family event includes animal feedings, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Attend the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's annual festival — the one day a year that part of this unique research facility is open to the public!

Friday, October 18, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019

Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, a dance party and kids’ karaoke.

Oct. 20, Nov. 14 and Dec. 4

Animal Discovery Days include special demonstrations, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife conservation. Celebrate Sloth Day at Small Mammal House Oct. 20.

Friday, October 25, 2019

A dark carnival is approaching … and will arrive for Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo. 

Friday, November 29, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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.

Zoo Sleepovers

Bring your troop for a wild night they won't soon forget! Where else can you fall asleep to the sounds of the wolves howling or awaken to the barks of the sea lions at play?

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!

Past Events

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Join a curator of the Zoo’s Small Mammal House as he describes the process of building a new exhibit while the mole-rats were busy building their new colony.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On July 23 from 1-2 p.m. attend a free, outdoor concert at the Zoo featuring student musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

On July 18, enjoy great times and great brews with animal encounters, live music, fare from popular food trucks and unlimited beer tastings.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Friends of the National Zoo members get exclusive access to American Trail and Research Hill during this free annual event.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Celebrate Solstice Saturday with a free dance party at the Zoo from 6-10 p.m. with music, kid-friendly activities and sweet treats. Don't miss a special screening of "Jurassic Park" for just $5!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

In 2019, D.C.'s longest-running restaurant tasting event was more appetizing than ever.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebrate 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.

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 28

Get an up-close look at exotic birds as they soar overhead and exhibit natural behaviors in this FREE, limited-run show.

Monday, April 22, 2019

This year it's double the fun on April 22, as the Zoo's Easter Monday Celebration coincides with Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Chelsea Clinton welcomes young readers and their families at the Zoo for a special reading and hands-on activities inspired by the endangered animals in her new book.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Chelsea Clinton comes to the Smithsonian's National Zoo to discuss her new book, Don't Let Them Disappear.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The 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.