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


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Open Daily in July 9:00 am
Open Daily in July
Jul 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
Jul 3 @ 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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Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo 9:00 am
Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
All the fun at half the price! Visit the Sacramento Zoo in 2019 on the following days and pay half regular admission price: Saturday, February 23; Thursday, July 4; Friday, July 5; and Thursday, August 22. Half-price rates: General admission: $8.25 Senior admission 65+: $7.75 Children ages 2-11: $5.75 Children ages 0-1: Free Please note that tickets must be purchased at the zoo to receive the discount.
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Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo 9:00 am
Half-Price Day at the Sacramento Zoo
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
All the fun at half the price! Visit the Sacramento Zoo in 2019 on the following days and pay half regular admission price: Saturday, February 23; Thursday, July 4; Friday, July 5; and Thursday, August 22. Half-price rates: General admission: $8.25 Senior admission 65+: $7.75 Children ages 2-11: $5.75 Children ages 0-1: Free Please note that tickets must be purchased at the zoo to receive the discount.
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Family Overnight #4 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #4 (Saturday)
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 7 @ 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) Subterranean Species 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Subterranean Species
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 7/8 – Friday 7/12, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Bulky Beasts 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Bulky Beasts
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/8 – Friday 7/12, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Turtle-Mania 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Turtle-Mania
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/8 – Friday 7/12, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Wild About Art 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Wild About Art
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/8 – Friday 7/12, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Animal Behavior 101 9:00 am
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Animal Behavior 101
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/8 – Friday 7/12, 9 am to 4 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Sight 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Sight
Jul 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.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Sight 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Sight
Jul 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Sight 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Sight
Jul 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Sight 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Sight
Jul 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.
Family Overnight #5 (Friday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #5 (Friday)
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 13 @ 9:00 am
Fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime zoo has to offer.
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CELEBRATE! Meerkat Day 9:00 am
CELEBRATE! Meerkat Day
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented by the Greater Sac Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Come celebrate World Meerkat Day to meet our resident mob of meerkats who love to interact with guests at their exhibit window! Grab your family and friends to take part in interactive crafts, educational activities and fun raffles to learn all about meerkats, their habitat and their social structures! Visit the CELEBRATE! Meerkat Day webpage.
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CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Creative Camouflage 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Creative Camouflage
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) African Adventure 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) African Adventure
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Splash Bash 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Splash Bash
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Earth 911 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Earth 911
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Storybook Safari 9:00 am
CAMP: Kindergarten (1/2 Day, M-F) Storybook Safari
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 7/15 – Friday 7/19, 9 am to 12 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Smell 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Smell
Jul 16 @ 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) Smell 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Smell
Jul 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Smell 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Thur) Smell
Jul 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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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Smell 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Fri) Smell
Jul 19 @ 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 #6 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #6 (Saturday)
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 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) Amazing Australia! 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Amazing Australia!
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Powerful Predators 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Powerful Predators
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Jr. Zoologist 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Jr. Zoologist
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Exhibit Design 9:00 am
CAMP: 7th-9th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Exhibit Design
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26, 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
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long camp, Monday 7/22 – Friday 7/26, 9 am to 12 pm.
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Member Evening 5:30 pm
Member Evening
Jul 25 @ 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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Family Overnight #7 (Friday) 5:30 pm
Family Overnight #7 (Friday)
Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm – Jul 27 @ 9:00 am
Fun-filled educational evening including a tour of what the nighttime zoo has to offer.
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Nature Explorers 10:00 am
Nature Explorers
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join the zoo in an open play environment, the last Saturday of the month anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. We will be 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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CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Let’s Make Tracks 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (1/2 Day, M-F) Let’s Make Tracks
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Week long, 1/2 day camp, Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2, 9 am to 12 pm.
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Zoo Detectives 9:00 am
CAMP: 1st-2nd Grade (Full-day, M-F) Zoo Detectives
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Mission: Madagascar 9:00 am
CAMP: 3rd-4th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Mission: Madagascar
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2, 9 am to 4 pm.
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Wild Science! 9:00 am
CAMP: 5th-6th Grade (Full-day, M-F) Wild Science!
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Week long, full-day camp, Monday 7/29 – Friday 8/2, 9 am to 4 pm.
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CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Taste 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Tues) Taste
Jul 30 @ 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) Taste 9:30 am
CAMP: Little Peeps Pre-K (Wed) Taste
Jul 31 @ 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.