Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day*

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 am to 4 pm
*Special Ticket Required, (members receive free admission, no ticket required)

Meet your favorite Star Wars characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to Star Wars Day and pose for free photos with the costumed characters throughout the day. Visitors will learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the Star Wars universe through wildlife stage shows, crafts and other activities. Visitors will also be able to enjoy Star Wars themed concession items in Kampala Cafe, a ride on the Conservation Carousel to Star Wars music and face painting. You can even watch artists from Chalk it Up create amazing masterpieces throughout the day! The animals will join in on the fun as they receive special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day.

Limited tickets May be available at the door

Adults: $15
Children ages 2-11: $10

  • Two entry times available: 9 am to 1 pm or 1 to 4 pm
  • Special ticket required with limited availability; wait times to enter Zoo may be significant
  • General admission tickets & discounts not valid for Star Wars Day
  • Pre-purchase highly recommended; limited tickets are available day of event
  • Tickets are non-refundable. Rain or shine
  • Sacramento Zoo members receive free admission, no ticket required


Due to animal safety, you may be asked to remove full head costume pieces in certain areas of the zoo. Lightsabers are allowed, but cannot be used over fences or animal barriers. Any costume blasters or guns are NOT allowed unless you are with the 501st Legion, Rebel LegionMandalorian Mercs or R2 Builders Club and have had your prop inspected and tagged before entering the zoo.

Scheduled Activities

All day activities – Costume character photo-ops, chalk artist stations, Zoo Teen craft stations

10 am: Reptile House keeper chat, at Reptile House lawn
10 am – 2 pm: Nature Explorers, enter near red panda
10:30 am:  Pelican keeper chat, at exhibit
11 am: Wildlife stage show – Planetary Adaptations, at amphitheater
11:45 am: Giraffe encounter, on giraffe deck, additional fee
1:30 pm:  Wildlife stage show – May the Forests Be With You, at amphitheater
2 pm: Giraffe encounter, on giraffe deck, additional fee
2:15 pm: Coquerel’s sifaka keeper chat, at exhibit
2:30 pm: African lion keeper chat, at exhibit
2:45 pm: Eastern bongo keeper chat, at exhibit

Kampala Cafe Specials

1/3-pound burger with bacon, grilled onion, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and house made 1000 island sauce

A skewer of marinated vegetables and chicken over white rice

Darth Nachos
Bell pepper, pico de gallo, jalapenos, black beans, avocado cream, and a blackened nacho cheese sauce

R2D2 Club
Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo in jalapeno cheddar bread

Princess Leia Bun *At Savannah Snacks*
Cinnamon roll topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and candied pecans

Breakfast with the Empire*

Event is SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Seatings at 8:30 & 9:45 am
*Special Ticket Required, (exclusive members only event)

Join the Sacramento Zoo for an exclusive member event on Star Wars Day. Enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, bagels, coffee and juice and more as you eat alongside some of your favorite characters from Star Wars. Guests will get exclusive access to characters during their breakfast including the ability to take photos without the hassle of the lines. After your star-studded breakfast, plan to roam zoo grounds for the rest of Star Wars Day as we bring together some of your favorite characters for a special day of fun at the zoo.

Tickets are extremely limited, so be sure to purchase yours early. Breakfast with the Empire seatings will be held at 8:30 am and 9:45 am – each breakfast lasts 45 minutes.

Event is SOLd Out

Sacramento Zoo members only
Tickets only available online (must be signed in!)

Adults: $22
Children ages 2-11: $18

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*Proceeds from Star Wars Day will benefit animal care and the general maintenance of the zoo.
*Tickets are non-refundable. Rain or shine.

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Contact Corporate Sponsorship Manager Jess Dudek for more information.
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Star Wars Day