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The Zoo is free, but entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas.

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, some events have been modified or canceled.
PLEASE NOTE: Boo at the Zoo and ZooLights will not take place in 2021. 

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Smithsonian Associates presents this lecture featuring representatives from the National Audubon Society and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo about new and upcoming projects that offer insights into... more

The text "Take the Shot, DC" and "coronavirus.dc.gov"
Thursday, December 9, 2021

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) will host a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. No appointment required.

Past Events

Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji eat mom's 23rd birthday cake together.
Monday, August 16, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021

The Zoo's giant panda cub turns 1 year old on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021! 

a graphic depiction of migratory birds with the words "World Migratory Bird Day 2021"
May 5, 7 and 8

Welcome the birds back and learn how you can lend them a helping hand with these virtual events.

colorful animal graphics
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity with virtual family-focused activities.

A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws stands on a table in the indoor panda habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo during a routine exam
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Get an update on giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji and hear about his birth in this streaming program hosted by Smithsonian Associates, featuring staff scientist Pierre Comizzoli and assistant curator for... more

Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji with an enrichment egg on Jan. 6, 2021.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Spend some quality time with Xiao Qi Ji in the first FREE panda cub livestream event broadcasting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 1-1:15 p.m. ET.

Text that reads "CDD, Conservation Discovery Day" surrounded by science and conservation-related digital illustrations, such as bats, beakers, light bulbes, cats, brains, molecules, computers, microscopes, etc.
Friday, October 2, 2020

SBCI's annual festival is going virtual this year. Watch videos about conservation, and join live Q&As with researchers and scientists Friday, Oct. 2.

dancers at zoo fiesta
Saturday, September 19, 2020

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

the words "Earth Optimism" "Conservation Commons" Smithsonian
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 30, 2021

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is celebrating Earth Day all month long!

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Celebrate 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