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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
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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Open Daily in June 9:00 am
Open Daily in June
Jun 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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Animals on Tap Release Party – YOLO Brewing Company 1:00 pm
Animals on Tap Release Party – YOLO Brewing Company @ YOLO Brewing Company
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 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 second release at YOLO Brewing Company on June 2 for the release of a milkshake IPA called Lemur Alone! Visit the Animals on Tap webpage for more information.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Fantastic Flyers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Fantastic Flyers
Jun 5 @ 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) Fantastic Flyers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Fantastic Flyers
Jun 6 @ 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.
Wells Fargo Wednesday 9:00 am
Wells Fargo Wednesday @ Sacramento Zoo
Jun 6 @ 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) Fantastic Flyers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Fantastic Flyers
Jun 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.
Brown Bag Lunch: Local Conservation in Action 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lunch: Local Conservation in Action @ Kampala Conference Room
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for a brown bag lunch about the restoration of priority freshwater wetlands for endangered species at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Included with zoo admission and free for Sacramento Zoo members. Visit the Brown Bag Lunch webpage for details.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Fantastic Flyers 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Fantastic Flyers
Jun 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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Family Overnight #1 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #1 (Saturday)
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 10 @ 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 (Full-day, M-F) Colors of the Wild 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Colors of the Wild
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/11 – Friday 6/15, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) For Pet’s Sake 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) For Pet’s Sake
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/11 – Friday 6/15, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Mad About Mammals 9:00 am
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Mad About Mammals
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 6/11 – Friday 6/15, 9 am to 12 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Rapid Runners 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Rapid Runners
Jun 12 @ 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) Rapid Runners 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Rapid Runners
Jun 13 @ 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 (Thur) Rapid Runners 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Rapid Runners
Jun 14 @ 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
Jun 14 @ 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Rapid Runners 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Rapid Runners
Jun 15 @ 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.
Family Overnight #2 (Friday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #2 (Friday)
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 16 @ 9:00 am
Fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime Zoo has to offer.
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Father’s Day BBQ – SOLD OUT 11:30 am
Father’s Day BBQ – SOLD OUT
Jun 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Bring dad or granddad to the zoo for a BBQ to celebrate Father’s Day! Lawn games, activities and other family fun included. www.saczoo.org/fathersday
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CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Snakes Alive! 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Snakes Alive!
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) The Dark Side 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) The Dark Side
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Animal Olympics 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Animal Olympics
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) It’s Showtime 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) It’s Showtime
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Zoology 101 9:00 am
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Zoology 101
Jun 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/18 – Friday 6/22, 9 am to 4 pm.
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Family Overnight #3 (Friday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #3 (Friday)
Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 23 @ 9:00 am
Fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime Zoo has to offer.
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Wild Games – CANCELLED 5:00 pm
Wild Games – CANCELLED
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Due to high projected heat in the weather forecast and low attendance numbers we are cancelling Wild Games.
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CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Sense-ational Safari! 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Sense-ational Safari!
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 6/25 – Friday 6/29, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Mythbusters 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Mythbusters
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/25 – Friday 6/29, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Otters at Play 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Otters at Play
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/25 – Friday 6/29, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Critter Twitter 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Critter Twitter
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 6/25 – Friday 6/29, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Artistic Animals 9:00 am
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Artistic Animals
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 6/25 – Friday 6/29, 9 am to 12 pm.
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Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers @ Near the Playground
Jun 30 @ 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.