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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, some events have been modified or canceled. See below for more information about specific events.

Upcoming Events

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.

Friday, October 9, 2020

New date! This year, Brew at the Zoo will take place in cooler weather—on Friday, Oct. 9. Stay tuned for more information on the event and ticket sale dates.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Sunday, October 25, 2020

Start your engines and prepare for some spooky fun at Boo Drive Thru, sponsored by Mars Wrigley, a special edition of the beloved children's trick-or-treating event.

Friday, October 30, 2020

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

Friday, November 27, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. This free event includes live music and tasty winter treats.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, is back for another year of craft beer and microbrew tastings.

Past Events

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.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Plan ahead and on Earth Day 2018, make the Smithsonian's National Zoo your go-to place to participate in green-themed activities.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The 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.

lemur playing with a brown paper bag painted with a bunny
Monday, April 2, 2018

Celebrate 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

a lizard sits on a branch
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Follow 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

two elephants in a field
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.

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 with... more

Three people outside of an observatory looking up and pointing at the sky. They are wearing eclipse-safe glasses.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Observe 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.