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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 – Apr, Jul, Oct
Camera & Lens Demo Days –  May, Oct
Conservation Brown Bag Lunch – periodically

2020

General Admission Events
I Heart Sacramento Zoo – Feb 9
Earth Fest – Apr 25
Deaf Awareness Day – Sep 19
Holiday Magic – Dec 12
PJ Christmas Eve* – Dec 24

*Discounted admission days

Ticketed Fundraising Events
ZooZoom – Apr 19
Mother’s Day Brunch – May 10
Pop Culture Party – May 16
Wine & Brew – Jun 13
Father’s Day BBQ – Jun 21
Ice Cream Safari – Aug 15
Wild Affair – Sep 12
Boo at the Zoo – Oct 23, 24 & 25


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Open Daily in December 9:00 am
Open Daily in December
Dec 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. The zoo will close early on December 24, will be closed all day on the 25th, and will reopen at 9 am on December 26.
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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Horns 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Horns
Dec 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.
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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Horns 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Horns
Dec 4 @ 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
Dec 4 @ 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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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Armor and Club Tails 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Armor and Club Tails
Dec 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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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Armor and Club Tails 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Armor and Club Tails
Dec 11 @ 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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Member Shopping Days 9:00 am
Member Shopping Days
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with an exclusive Sacramento Zoo Member discount of 25% in the Zoofari Market gift store. Just remember to show your membership card, and you can shop as much as you like over the whole weekend! * Excludes books, promotional, clearance and sale items; cannot be combined with other discounts.
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Holiday Magic 9:00 am
Holiday Magic
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bundle up the family and come enjoy the holiday season at Holiday Magic! The highlight of the day is watching the animals receive special treats and staff will be on hand to share facts, secrets and answer your questions.  
Member Shopping Days 9:00 am
Member Shopping Days
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with an exclusive Sacramento Zoo Member discount of 25% in the Zoofari Market gift store. Just remember to show your membership card, and you can shop as much as you like over the whole weekend! * Excludes books, promotional, clearance and sale items; cannot be combined with other discounts.
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Member Shopping Days 9:00 am
Member Shopping Days
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with an exclusive Sacramento Zoo Member discount of 25% in the Zoofari Market gift store. Just remember to show your membership card, and you can shop as much as you like over the whole weekend! * Excludes books, promotional, clearance and sale items; cannot be combined with other discounts.
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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Teeth and Claws 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Tues) Dino Defenses: Teeth and Claws
Dec 17 @ 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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Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Teeth and Claws 9:30 am
Dino Peeps: Pre-K (Wed) Dino Defenses: Teeth and Claws
Dec 18 @ 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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Animals on Tap Release Party – YOLO Brewing Company 2:00 pm
Animals on Tap Release Party – YOLO Brewing Company @ YOLO Brewing Company
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 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 this release at YOLO Brewing Company on December 21 for the release of a black IPA called Kalahari Nights! Visit the Animals on Tap webpage for more information.
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Pajama Party Christmas Eve 9:00 am
Pajama Party Christmas Eve
Dec 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pajama Party Christmas Eve
Bring the family to the Sacramento Zoo for the most comfortable Christmas tradition and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas! From 9 am to noon, zoo admission is free for the whole family. Wear your best PJs and spend your holidays with the animals at the Sacramento Zoo. Sponsored by: 
Zoo Closes at 12 pm 9:00 am
Zoo Closes at 12 pm
Dec 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Sacramento Zoo closes early at noon on Christmas Eve.
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Zoo Closed
Zoo Closed
Dec 25 all-day
The Sacramento Zoo is closed in observance of Christmas.
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