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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 – Sep/Oct
Girl Scout Badge Day – Oct
Little Peeps: Pre-K – Oct/Nov


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Open Daily in September 9:00 am
Open Daily in September
Sep 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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Wells Fargo Wednesday 9:00 am
Wells Fargo Wednesday @ Sacramento Zoo
Sep 6 @ 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.
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Zoo Closes at 1:30 pm 1:30 pm
Zoo Closes at 1:30 pm
Sep 16 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Sacramento Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm to set up for the Wild Affair fundraising event.
Wild Affair presented by Hughey Law Group 5:00 pm
Wild Affair presented by Hughey Law Group
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Walk on the wild side at the 21st annual Wild Affair gala at the Sacramento Zoo! Back on zoo grounds this year, guests will enjoy a farm-to-fork dinner at dusk, silent and live auctions, entertainment by Circosphere, and exclusive behind-the-scenes animal tours only offered once a year during Wild Affair. This magical evening is hosted by KCRA’s Kellie DeMarco. Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit Sacramento Zoo and will fund the reimagination of the zoo’s Reptile House into a Biodiversity Center. Visit the Wild Affair page for details.
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Deaf Awareness Day 9:00 am
Deaf Awareness Day
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for a special day for our deaf and hard of hearing community sponsored by NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The zoo will have ASL interpreters on site for the event. There are limited facilities for service animals. Please call 916-808-5888 in advance for service dog information.
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Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers @ Near the Playground
Sep 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.
Red Panda Day 10:00 am
Red Panda Day
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join the Greater Sac chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) for an interactive and educational event about Red Panda awareness and conservation. Kids (and adults too!) can become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping at the various Red Panda Stations and completing the Panda activities. Other stations include face painting and an opportunity to decorate your own flag that will be added to the ones currently surrounding the Red Panda exhibit. Come by and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite Red Panda themed artwork, décor, and other keepsakes. All proceeds benefit The Red Panda Network (RPN), a conservation group working directly with community-based organizations in Nepal.