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The zoo hosts many events throughout the year from educational programs, themed days that are included with zoo admission and special ticketed fundraising events. See our most popular keynote events on the event calendar below or explore the calendar.

2019

General Admission Events
Nature Explorers – last Sat, each month through Sep
Wells Fargo Wednesdays*
1st Wed, each month
I Heart Sacramento Zoo – Feb 10
Half-Price Day* – Feb 23
CELEBRATE! Reptile and Amphibian Day – Mar 23
Earth Fest – Mar 30
EGGstravaganZOO – Apr 20
CELEBRATE! Giraffe Day – Jun 22
Half-Price Day* – Jul 4
Half-Price Day* – Jul 5
CELEBRATE! Meerkat Day – Jul 13
Half-Price Day* – Aug 22
CELEBRATE! Primate Day – Aug 31
Deaf Awareness Day – Sep 21
CELEBRATE! Okapi Day – Oct 19
Holiday Magic – Dec 14
PJ Christmas Eve* – Dec 24

*Discounted admission days

Ticketed Fundraising Events
ZooZoom – Apr 14
Star Wars Day – Apr 27
Mother’s Day Brunch – May 12
Wine & Brew – May 18
Father’s Day BBQ – Jun 16
Ice Cream Safari – Aug 17
Wild Affair – Sep 14
Dinos After Dark / Dining with Dinos – Sep 27 & 28
Boo at the Zoo – Oct 26 & 27

 

Spring & Fall Programs
Girl Scout Badge Days – Mar, Apr, Sep
7th-9th Grade: Keeper Tag Along
Senior Tea & Tours

Summer Camp
Pre-K: Little Peeps
K-6th Grade Camps
7th-9th Grade Camps

Other Events
Animals on Tap – periodically
Estate Planning Safari – quarterly
Photography Class – April, Jul, Oct
Camera & Lens Demo Days –  May, Oct
Conservation Brown Bag Lunch – periodically


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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Taste 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Taste
Aug 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Single day, morning class for 3-5 year-old children with a caregiver, 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Open Daily in August 9:00 am
Open Daily in August
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Open daily, year-round, the zoo entrance closes at 4 pm but guests may stay on grounds until 5 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Taste 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Taste
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Single day, morning class for 3-5 year-old children with a caregiver, 9:30 to 11:30 am.
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Family Overnight #8 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #8 (Saturday)
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 4 @ 9:00 am
Fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime zoo has to offer.
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CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Neat Beaks 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Neat Beaks
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 8/5 – Friday 8/9, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Feeding Frenzy 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Feeding Frenzy
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 8/5 – Friday 8/9, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) In Living Color 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) In Living Color
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 8/5 – Friday 8/9, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Nature’s Nursery 9:00 am
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Nature’s Nursery
Aug 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 8/5 – Friday 8/9, 9 am to 12 pm.
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Wells Fargo Wednesday 9:00 am
Wells Fargo Wednesday @ Sacramento Zoo
Aug 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thanks to Wells Fargo, the 1st Wednesday of each month in 2019 is Wells Fargo Wednesday! Up to four children ages 2-11 receive free admission to the Sacramento Zoo with a paid adult.
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Member Evening 5:30 pm
Member Evening
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We open the whole zoo for this after-hours event! Bring your own picnic dinner or pick up something tasty at the Kampala Cafe. Members are free and may bring guest for an additional fee. Find out more at the Member Benefits page.
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Ice Cream Safari 5:00 pm
Ice Cream Safari
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual all-you-can-eat ice cream social fundraiser throughout the Sacramento Zoo! www.saczoo.org/icecreamsafari
Zoo Closes at 2:30 pm 2:30 pm
Zoo Closes at 2:30 pm
Aug 17 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Sacramento Zoo closes early at 2:30 pm to set up for the Ice Cream Safari fundraising event.
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Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo 9:00 am
Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
All the fun at half the price! Visit the Sacramento Zoo in 2019 on the following days and pay half regular admission price: Saturday, February 23; Thursday, July 4; Friday, July 5; and Thursday, August 22. Half-price rates: General admission: $8.25 Senior admission 65+: $7.75 Children ages 2-11: $5.75 Children ages 0-1: Free Please note that tickets must be purchased at the zoo to receive the discount.
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CELEBRATE! Primate Day 9:00 am
CELEBRATE! Primate Day
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented by the Greater Sac Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Here at the Sacramento Zoo, we have apes, monkeys and lemurs, all of them threatened or endangered. Primates are highly intelligent and our closest relatives. We are so excited to share our love of primates with zoo visitors through interactive activities, keeper chats, training sessions and lots of fun enrichments for our beloved primates! Come to the Sacramento Zoo to learn how you and your family can help save these spectacular species. Visit the CELEBRATE! Primate Day webpage.
Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join the zoo in an open play environment, the last Saturday of the month anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. We will be playing and exploring the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month. Visit the Nature Explorers page for more information.
Animals on Tap Release Party – Track 7 Brewing Company 12:00 pm
Animals on Tap Release Party – Track 7 Brewing Company @ Track 7 Brewing Company
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Local craft breweries are partnering with the nonprofit Sacramento Zoo to help you drink local beer with a purpose. Breweries are taking inspiration from zoo residents when developing new beers that will raise money and community awareness about the Sacramento Zoo and its conservation efforts. Join us for the the Hylobates lar launch party at Track 7 Brewing Company on August 31! Visit the Animals on Tap webpage for more information.