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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 3
I Heart Sacramento Zoo – Feb 11
Wells Fargo Wednesdays*
– 1st Wed, each Month
EGGstravaganZOO – Mar 31
Earth Fest – Apr 21
All About Birds – May 19
World Giraffe Day – May 26
Deaf Awareness Day – Sep 22
Red Panda Day – Sep 29
World Lemur Day – Oct 20
ThankZoo* – Nov 23
Holiday Magic – Dec 8
PJ Christmas Eve* – Dec 24

*Discounted admission days

Ticketed Fundraising Events
ZooZoom – Apr 15
Star Wars Day – Apr 28
Wine & Brew – May 12
Father’s Day BBQ – Jun 17
Wild Games – CANCELLED
Ice Cream Safari – Aug 18
Wild Affair – Sep 15
Boo at the Zoo – Oct 27 & 28

Member Only Ticketed Events
Breakfast with the Empire – Apr 28
Mother’s Day Brunch – May 13
Breakfast with Santa – Dec 8
*See all Member Events here

 

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

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

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


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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Jazzy Jumpers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Jazzy Jumpers
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.
Wells Fargo Wednesday 9:00 am
Wells Fargo Wednesday @ Sacramento Zoo
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thanks to Wells Fargo, the 1st Wednesday of each month in 2017 & 2018 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Jazzy Jumpers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Jazzy Jumpers
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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Jazzy Jumpers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Jazzy Jumpers
Aug 3 @ 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.
Member Evening 5:30 pm
Member Evening
Aug 3 @ 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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Estate Planning Safari 11:30 am
Estate Planning Safari
Aug 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
This free informative seminar will navigate through a jungle of topics presented by local attorney Mark S. Drobny, California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. Meal provided. http://www.saczoo.org/estateplanning
Family Overnight #8 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #8 (Saturday)
Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 5 @ 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) Catch Me If You Can 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Catch Me If You Can
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 8/6 – Friday 8/10, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Fly Away Home 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Fly Away Home
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 8/6 – Friday 8/10, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Home Sweet Habitat 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Home Sweet Habitat
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 8/6 – Friday 8/10, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Wild Wardrobe 9:00 am
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Wild Wardrobe
Aug 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 8/6 – Friday 8/10, 9 am to 12 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Playful Prowlers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Playful Prowlers
Aug 7 @ 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Playful Prowlers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Playful Prowlers
Aug 8 @ 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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CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (1-day, 8/9) Vet Tag-Along 9:00 am
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (1-day, 8/9) Vet Tag-Along
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
One-day camp, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Playful Prowlers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Playful Prowlers
Aug 9 @ 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.
Zoo Parent Party 5:30 pm
Zoo Parent Party
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Are you a Zoo Parent? Your Zoo Parent benefits may include an invitation to a special party! Find out more and RSVP at the Zoo Parent Party page. Want to get in on the fun? Become a Zoo Parent today.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Playful Prowlers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Playful Prowlers
Aug 10 @ 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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Brown Bag Lunch: Wild Nature Institute – Masai Giraffe Conservation 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lunch: Wild Nature Institute – Masai Giraffe Conservation @ Kampala Conference Room
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for a brown bag lunch about the the goal of Wild Natures Institute’s efforts in Masai giraffe conservation. Included with zoo admission and free for Sacramento Zoo members. Visit the Brown Bag Lunch webpage for details.
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Zoo Closes at 2:30 pm 1:30 pm
Zoo Closes at 2:30 pm
Aug 18 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Sacramento Zoo closes early at 2:30 pm to set up for the Ice Cream Safari fundraising event.
Ice Cream Safari 5:00 pm
Ice Cream Safari
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual all-you-can-eat ice cream social fundraiser throughout the Sacramento Zoo! Tickets: On sale July 2nd at noon. Webpage: http://saczoo.org/icecreamsafari
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Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers @ Near the Playground
Aug 25 @ 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.
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