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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, September 21, 2019

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

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.

Friday, December 6, 2019 to Sunday, December 8, 2019

GRUMP, the alternative art and crafts holiday show, is coming to ZooLights on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 from 5-9 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Save the date for the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Gala on Tuesday, March 10, 2020!

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

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.

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.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Smithsonian'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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Celebrate the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat's new, colorful and interactive exhibit, on Feb. 23, 2019.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The 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, 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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

On 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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Giraffe populations have dwindled rapidly over the past few decades. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the efforts to save this charismatic species.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Join leading experts at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on May 11, 2018, for an in-depth discussion on bird conservation.