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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.

General Admission Events
Nature Explorers
 – last Sat, each Month
Museum Day – Feb 4
I Heart Sacramento Zoo – Feb 12
Wells Fargo Wednesdays
– 1st Wed, each Month
Earth Fest – Apr 22
Zoo’s 90th Birthday – Jun 17
Holiday Magic – Dec 9
Pajama Party Christmas Eve – Dec 24

Ticketed Fundraising Events
ZooZoom – Mar 26
Star Wars Day – Apr 29
Wine & Brew – May 13
Mother’s Day Brunch – May 14
Father’s Day BBQ – Jun 18
Wild Games – Jul 29
Ice Cream Safari – Aug 19
Wild Affair – Sep 16
Boo at the Zoo – Oct 28 & 29

Programs with Open Registration
Senior Tea & Tours – May
Family Overnights – Jun/Jul/Aug

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

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Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Open Daily in May 9:00 am
Open Daily in May
May 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.
Wells Fargo Wednesday 9:00 am
Wells Fargo Wednesday @ Sacramento Zoo
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thanks to Wells Fargo, the 1st Wednesday of each month in 2017 is Wells Fargo Wednesday! Up to four children ages 2-11 receive free admission to the Sacramento Zoo with a paid adult.
Big Day of Giving – 24 Hours to Give Where Your Heart Is 12:00 am
Big Day of Giving – 24 Hours to Give Where Your Heart Is
May 4 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Your gift to the Sacramento Zoological Society on the Big Day of Giving helps the Zoo to continue in its mission to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, conservation and recreation. Every dollar you donate will help the Zoo to receive a boost from a pool of incentive funds provided by local partners, including the Zoo’s own Big Day of Giving partners, Procida Landscape and InterWest Insurance Services, LLC. The more contributions to the Zoo, the more incentive dollars we receive. This is a great opportunity to make your dollar stretch! Schedule your gift today! You can also make a donation online at from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM on May 4th. Learn more about the Big Day of Giving and the Sacramento Zoo’s animals by visiting our Big Day of Giving webpage.
Zoo Closes at 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
Zoo Closes at 1:30 pm
May 13 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Sacramento Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm to set up for the Wine & Brew fundraising event.
Zoo Volunteer Party 5:30 pm
Zoo Volunteer Party
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A party just to thank our dedicated volunteers!
Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive 9:00 am
Camera and Lens Demo Day and Test Drive
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Join Mike’s Camera at the Sacramento Zoo and test drive the latest camera, telephoto, lenses and other photo gear from leading manufacturers and pick up tips and tricks from the Mike’s Camera crew who will be onsite.
Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers @ Near the Playground
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join the Zoo and the Sacramento Library in an open play environment, the last Saturday of the month anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. We will be reading stories, playing, and exploring the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month. Visit the Nature Explorers page for more information.
Whole Foods Market 5% Day 7:00 am
Whole Foods Market 5% Day @ Whole Foods Market - Sacramento
May 31 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Whole Foods Market Sacramento has selected the Sacramento Zoo to receive 5% of their total net sales on Wednesday, May 31st! Members and supporters, please join us in shopping for good at the Arden location and visit Zoo staff in the store during lunch and after work. The more you shop, the more we raise! And visit the webpage for a buy-one-get-one sandwich coupon.