Zoo Events

Upcoming Special Event Days

Note: We remove event and program listings from this page after they have occured. Only upcoming dates are listed.

Please visit our Education menu to see a full selection of year-round and seasonal education programs. We offer a wide selection of programs to suit all ages, backgrounds and locations - even remote programs through Distance Learning!

October 2017: 10am-5pm daily

  • Register for Winter Camps, ages 6-12
  • Wednesday, October 11: First Wildlife Wednesdays Free Wildlife Speaker Series lecture of the winter season. These lectures are free, held at 7pm in the zoo's Gateway Hall!
  • Saturday, October 14: Wolf Day event (please note the date change as Wolf Day was listed as October 7th in our 2017 calendar and in our fall newsletter. The event is on October 14th. We apologize for any confusion).
  • Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22: LuLaRoe Alaska Zoo Fundraiser. Be sure to check out this amazing opportunity to support the zoo while shopping with 14 LuLaRoe consultants in the zoo's Gateway Hall!
  • Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween): Zoo Boo trick-or-treating event. Tickets go online starting October 1!

November 2017: 10am-4pm daily

  • Register for Winter Camps, ages 6-12
  • Wednesday, November 8: Wildlife Wednesdays Free Wildlife Speaker Series lecture, 7pm in the zoo's Gateway Hall
  • Saturday, November 13: Veteran's Day observed, military 1/2 price admission with ID
  • Thursday, November 23: ZOO CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING DAY
  • Friday, November 24: Zoo Lights kicks off for the winter season!
    • November dates to come see the dazzling Zoo Lights displays: November 24th, 25th, 26th and 30th. The lights will be on from 5-8pm.
  • Monday, November 27: Cyber-Monday Zoo Lights ticket sales - buy your your Zoo Lights tickets at a great discount during this one-day online sale! Tickets are valid for use on any scheduled Zoo Lights date/time. You can buy your tickets for just $5 each during the sale, so buy a block of tickets for your co-workers or friends as gifts...or for your family to use throughout the season!

December 2017: 10am-4pm daily

  • Register for Winter Camps, ages 6-12
  • Zoo Lights: The dazzling Zoo Lights displays will be throughout December with the EXCEPTION OF December 4th-6th and 11th-13th (no Zoo Lights these evenings). Zoo Lights will be on and open for visitors all other evenings in December from 5-8pm.
  • Saturday, December 2: Scout Day event
  • Sunday, December 10: Christmas for the Animals event
  • Wednesday, December 13: Wildlife Wednesdays Free Wildlife Speaker Series lecture, 7pm in the zoo's Gateway Hall
  • Monday, December 25: ZOO CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY