Events

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean Up

Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek! Volunteers work on a variety of tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. The projects are 100% outdoors!

April 21, 2018 | May 19, 2018 | June 16, 2018

Adults, Families

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Veterinary Hospital Tours

Take your next Zoo visit to a whole new level by touring our state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital. This behind-the-scenes tour will take you through a facility designed to accommodate all current and future animals at Oakland Zoo, from small birds to large camels and grizzly bears. It features radiology and surgical suites, a small laboratory, a pharmacy, wide transportation docks, and LEED Gold certification.

April 21, 2018 | April 28, 2018 | May 5, 2018 | May 12, 2018 | May 19, 2018 | May 26, 2018

College, Adults, Families

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ZooKids

Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo.
Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, animal close-up, and snack.

April 21, 2018 | April 28, 2018 | May 12, 2018 | May 19, 2018

Pre-K–Kindergarten

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Woodland Fairy Home Building Workshop

Join us for a magical family workshop, creating and building Woodland Creature Fairy Homes from natural materials found in the Zoo!

April 22, 2018

Families

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Living with Black Bears

Ever wonder what a bear means when he stands up on two legs and looks at you? Do mama bears really wake up in the spring to discover they had two or three babies while they were sleeping? Come learn from Tahoe black bear heroes, the Bear League, about fascinating bear behavior, biology, body language and important protocol for sharing habitat with these intelligent animals.

April 26, 2018

Families

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Autism Speaks

Join Autism Speaks at Oakland Zoo for our ‘Zoo Go Blue’ autism awareness day. Free admission to all individuals on the spectrum with the purchase of an adult ticket. Visit the Autism Speaks awareness table to learn more about how Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

April 28, 2018

Families

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CA Revels May Day at the Zoo

The whole family is invited to participate as the Revels return to Oakland Zoo for the 11th annual May Day Celebration. The traditional Maypole dance is only the beginning as singers, dancers, and fiddlers gather to welcome in the merry month of May.

April 28, 2018

Families

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Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day from Oakland Zoo! All Moms receive one FREE train ride in celebration of Mother’s Day! Watch some of our resident animal mommies enjoy some special, and much deserved mom-only enrichment.

May 13, 2018

Families

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California Trail Premiere Gala

Join us for an extraordinary evening and be among the first to walk the completed California Trail that opens in June—where millions of families will witness the wonders of California’s iconic native animals—including grizzly bears, wolves, jaguars—and more.

May 18, 2018

Adults

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Zoovie Nights

Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and a bonus Zoovie movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets, and chairs and snuggle up in our auditorium as Roosevelt, our costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of our nocturnal Education animals. After that, enjoy a specially selected animal or nature themed movie. Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and popcorn will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own treats and traditional family movie fare.

May 25, 2018 | June 8, 2018 | August 10, 2018 | September 22, 2018 | November 2, 2018

Families

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World Giraffe Day

Come join us in celebrating the Fifth Annual World Giraffe Day at Oakland Zoo! With less than 80,000 giraffe remaining in the wild, the time to act is NOW. All funds raised from raffles and tickets purchased to feed our giraffes on this special day go to.

June 16, 2018

Families

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Father's Day

Happy Father's Day from Oakland Zoo! All Dads receive one FREE train ride in celebration of Father's Day! Watch some of our resident animal dads enjoy some special, and much deserved pops-only enrichment.

June 17, 2018

Families

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Senior Summer Free Day

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo.

June 18, 2018 | July 16, 2018 | August 20, 2018 | September 17, 2018

Adults, Families

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Walk in the Wild

Experience a unique evening strolling through the Zoo sampling cuisine from the Bay Area's top chefs and restaurants, microbreweries, and wineries. End the night with live music and desserts. Attendees must be 21 or over.

June 23, 2018

Adults

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ZOO CLOSED for Walk in the Wild

The Zoo is closed to prepare for our annual evening fundraiser, "Walk in the Wild"

June 23, 2018

Adults

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Family Sundown Safari

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores!
This program is available to all families. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you!

July 7, 21, and 28, 2018 | August 11, 18, and 25, 2018

Families

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Family Sundown Safari

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores!
This program is available to all families. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you!

July 7, 21, and 28, 2018 | August 11, 18, and 25, 2018

Families

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Feast for the Beasts

It’s Feast for the Beasts at Oakland Zoo in celebration of all things food! Come early for the chance to spread produce in the elephant exhibit. Please bring produce to donate to the elephants and receive a free kid's ride ticket. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience that the Oakland Zoo is offering.

July 28, 2018

Families

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