Our centennial is a time of celebration, and we have many events happening throughout the year to mark the occasion. You, our members and guests, are our extended Zoo family and we exist today because of your support. So, we thank you and invite you to join us for an event during this special milestone. Some events are new and exclusive to this year only, some are long-standing traditions that we haven’t had for a while (and are excited to bring back!), and some are ongoing events that we are making even more special for 2022.
More dates coming soon!
Join Oakland Zoo in Taking Action for whales, sea turtles, shorebirds and all native Wildlife! Volunteers meet at the Zoo and ride the Zoo Shuttle to a local Oakland bay-destined waterway to remove trash, including the ever-abundant plastics that harms and kills our seabirds, turtles, fish and more.
August 17, 2022 | September 28, 2022 | October 21, 2022
For 2022, join us LIVE in person or virtually as we feature some of the world’s most incredible conservationists. These heroes are working on the ground every day to save endangered species and their habitats. Join us in person or tune in to Facebook & YouTube Live to learn, ask questions, and be a part of the solution. Enjoy a signature cocktail crafted for your enjoyment from a local Bay Area restaurant or bar. This wildlife Happy Hour offers a shot of hope that we all need!
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We are so excited to bring Earth Day back to the Zoo! Celebrate this wonderful planet we all call home with a day full of live music, animal encounters, entertainment performances, and booths of over 50 hands-on Earth Stations and local environmental organizations! Every visitor that attends gets a special eco-friendly gift on this day.
August 20, 2022 | September 10, 2022
Enjoy the rare opportunity to place food inside habitats before the animals go out for the day. Place produce for the elephants, hide seeds for the baboons, spread snacks for the sun bears, toss treats around the grizzly yard, or feed giraffes. And of course, you’ll get to meet and greet with our amazing animal keepers!
June 5, 2022
The official date of our founding is June 6, 1922, and we celebrated our birthday at our original birthplace, Snow Park, in downtown Oakland next to Lake Merritt. This extra special day was full of fun and festivities for all ages with live music, performances, food, drink, activities for the kids, and more. Thanks to all the Oakland-based business and organizations that attended. It was a wonderful day to celebrate not just the Zoo, but all of Oakland—the great city we live in and the history we all share together!
June 25, 2022
Thank you for being part of this special event during Oakland Zoo's centennial anniversary and helping us raise over $300,000 for Oakland Zoo and its education programs. A big thank you to all the sponsors, patrons, and vendors for their generous support who made this event possible.
October 22-31, 2022
Calling all ghosts, goblins, and witches - join us for Boo at the Zoo! Due to its popularity, we are extending Boo at the Zoo to four weekends in October. Enjoy this family-friendly Halloween event with a spooky animal-themed scavenger hunt and fun goodies. Remember to dress in costume to enter our social media costume contest. Tickets go on sale in mid-September. This event sells out fast!!
November 11-23, 25-30, 2022 | December 1-23, 26-31, 2022
Glowfari is an unforgettable experience for all ages to enjoy! Featuring hundreds of larger-than-life glowing animal lanterns throughout the Zoo; and with all-new animals displays for 2022! Take a mile-long illuminated stroll through the Zoo and visit the desert with camels and bighorn sheep, have an African safari adventure with elephants, giraffes, and an 8-foot crocodile head, walk through the forests of Asia to meet red and giant pandas - and of course ride the gondola to California Trail. Finish the evening with a visit to Santa and ride the Express Train through our Winter Wonderland!