Private & Corporate Events
Private events at the Sacramento Zoo cater to your needs and provides your guests with a distinctive experience that’s not to be forgotten. With onsite catering and a variety of location options, you are sure to find all you need for corporate events, family reunions, parties, showers and more! Events are available year-round from 9 am to 11 pm daily.
Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, private event opportunities may be currently limited. Email for more information.
Location availability dependent upon time of day – inquire for more information.
With open seating and a stage, the amphitheater is great for graduations or ceremonies. Holds up to 200 people.
Flamingo Lake Patio
This open-air patio alongside the flamingos makes a great location for receptions or parties and provides sweeping views of the lake. Holds up to 225 people.
Kampala Conference Room
Complete with audio and visual needs, this private indoor space can serve your needs with set up designs for lectures, meetings and a variety of dining formats. Holds up to 80 people.
This quaint location surround by lemurs and chimpanzees is perfect for a small party or shower. Holds up to 25 people.
Rare Feline Courtyard
Set among the lions and jaguars, your guests will feel relaxed as they enjoy watching the animals in this lush, intimate setting. Holds up to 50 people.
Nestled under native redwoods, this site provides a relaxing and intimate gathering spot to entertain clients, host a shower or celebrate a special occasion. Holds up to 80 people.
Reptile House Lawn
Across from the beautiful lake and surrounded by giant heritage oak trees, the lawn is a perfect place to hold a large gathering. Holds up to 300 people.
Vet Hospital Lawn
This well shaded, lush venue nestled next to our giraffes offers a cozy space for all of your upcoming gatherings. Holds up to 60 people.
Host tea alongside the koi pond. Holds up to 10 people.
Small Wonders of Africa
Great for receptions or dinner parties, Small Wonders puts your guests amid many of the zoo’s most popular animals. Holds up to 175 people.
Tall Wonders of Africa & Giraffe Deck
An after-hours cocktail party or small gathering fits perfectly on the Tall Wonders of Africa viewing deck and gives your guests a chance to be eye to eye with the giraffes. Holds up to 50 people.
Full Zoo Rentals
Give your guests an all new experience by renting out the full zoo. Holds up to 2,500 people.
With the zoo’s many site options, your event is destined to be memorable. The zoo’s Events Coordinator will work with you to make arrangements that meet your needs and party size.
The zoo’s in-house catering services are provided by Taste Catering. Catering costs and services vary according to your menu selections and the number of guests. Inquire about how we can customize your catering to create a memorable dining experience!
View Taste’s Picnic Menu.
Are you looking for a more up close and personal zoo adventure? Ask about reserving a private animal encounter or stage show where you can meet a variety of animal ambassadors from around the world.
You can also offer carousel rides, climbs on the rock wall and even scavenger hunts for your guests!
“Recently, I helped a client to plan her wedding at the Sacramento Zoo. I was excited to hear the wedding was going to be at the zoo, but I was a little nervous since it is not a typical wedding venue. However, it turned out I had nothing to be nervous about. The zoo perfectly adhered to the timeline that included a giraffe feeding for the bride and groom, an animal encounter for all the guests, and a dinner buffet, and it went great! The zoo made it easy to move guests to several areas of the zoo throughout the event. Starting when guests arrived, they were admitted easily into the main zoo entrance, and then directed by zoo staff to the ceremony area. Then after the ceremony, the staff directed them to the reception area. The onsite caterer prepared a delicious buffet and it was served exactly when it was supposed to. Meghan’s diligence and attention to details, and her ability to lead her team, greatly contributed to a successful wedding day for my clients. She understood my clients vision and ensured the giraffe feeding and animal encounter went exactly as planned, as scheduled, and without a hitch. I am also especially thankful for her teams assistance during the setup process. Her team helped all the vendors transport items such as flowers, desserts, musical equipment, and décor from their cars to the ceremony and reception sites within the zoo. They also assisted with setup up décor in the ceremony and reception sites, very helpful! Overall, their performance throughout the day felt like a well-oiled machine and I would recommend the Sacramento Zoo as a wedding venue to any brides who are animal lovers or want to incorporate animals into their wedding day experience.”
-Stephanie Webber, Certified Wedding Planner, A Daydream Wedding
We rented the Zoo for two different large events and were blown away at how fun, unique and great the experience was. The staff at the Sacramento Zoo was fantastic to work with, the food that was catered for our event was delicious and everyone young and old had a blast. The Sacramento Zoo is more than just an amazing Zoo, it’s an incredible event venue as well where you know your money is also going to a great cause and a mission to education, recreation and conservation for wild animals. I can’t recommend enough you considering having your next event here.
-Zack Curry, Director of Operations & Executive Pastor, Jesus Culture Sacramento
Our firm has hosted two summer family picnics at The Sacramento Zoo, an event which includes all of our employees and their immediate family members. The zoo is a great all-ages place to host an event while giving your guests several ways to amuse themselves. The staff at the zoo makes it easy to make arrangements with their existing amenities including an on-site caterer, private animal encounters hosted by knowledgeable staff members, rides for young children, and other attractions for kids of all ages (in addition to having the run of the zoo). Their relationships with vendors for face painting, photographers, party rentals and more make quick work of pulling an event together. Other details such as separate guest entry, wristbands for rides and directional event signage make it a little easier to manage large groups. I would not hesitate to recommend The Sacramento Zoo to anyone looking to plan a fun, unique event!
-Maureen D. Cooper, Recruiting Coordinator, Downey Brand LLP
Get out of the office and head offsite for your next corporate meeting, picnic or holiday party!
Centrally located in the middle of picturesque William Land Park very near downtown Sacramento, the Sacramento Zoo is one of the region’s most unique and memorable corporate event venues. Discover a whole new world while hosting your next corporate event at the zoo. Choose from six unique locations within the lush grounds of the Sacramento Zoo to immerse your employees in an unforgettable experience. You can even add in a “meet and greet” with one of our animal ambassadors for a fun, educational break. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will assist you from start to finish for an extraordinary experience. Book your next event at the Sacramento Zoo today!
Private events at the Sacramento Zoo allow you the chance to offer your guests a thrilling experience and rare opportunity to gain exposure to wildlife and conservation issues.
Our professional staff can help you plan every detail of your event! Email the Events Coordinator.