Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • January Carload Admission Special

    Jan 21st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    The carload special is back! Nashville Zoo is offering a special carload admission price during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January (19, 20 & 21). The Zoo will offer one $39 admission price for everyone arriving to the Zoo in one vehicle. 

    Rules for the Carload Promotion:

    • This promotion can only be purchased at the Zoo and not available online
    • There is a limit of 10 people per ticket
    • The deal includes parking
    • All guests on the ticket must enter the Zoo together
    • All tickets must be used on the same day that they are issued
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  • Zoo Run Run

    Jan 26th, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join a herd of runners at Zoo Run Run! This winter race takes runners and walkers on a 5K adventure throughout the Zoo’s property, including areas not available to the public. Families and children are encouraged to bundle up as they hit the trail. All proceeds from the Zoo Run Run help fund Zoo operations, including providing education programs for children, feeding our collection of over 2,300 animals and keeping our Zoo safe and clean for our visitors.

    View 2017 Race Results


    Event Schedule

    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    1:00 pm Zoo will close to guests
    1:30 pm Registration & Check-in
    3:00 pm Race Begins
    4:00 pm Awards and Refreshments

    Please note: Zoo Run Run is a rain, snow or shine event.

    Early Packet Pick-up:

    Friday, January 25 - 11 am to 7 pm

    Beat the crowds by picking up your race bib and shirt the day before the race. Registrants are allowed to pick up materials for friends and family members with a copy of their ID (a picture of the ID via phone is allowed). Pick-up is located at the Zoo's Croft Center.

    The Course

    A 5k trail will take you on an adventure throughout the Zoo's property. Be aware that some of the course is off-road. The race will be timed; interested registrants may purchase a tracking chip.

    Families and friends may come out for a brisk stroll, instead of a run. Have little ones? Grab your off-road stroller and join the fun!

    Please note, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds.

    Food & Drink

    Refreshments and snacks will be served to participants as they complete the course. Adult beverages will be available for registrants ages 21+.

    Spectators may purchase a wristband to have access to refreshments, adult beverages and snacks either online or on the day of the event.



    Registration opens November 7

    Regular Pricing (1/1 - 1/24 noon)

    Adult (ages 13+) - $42
    Child (ages 5-12) - $20
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

    Register now!

    Onsite Pricing

    Adult (ages 13+) - $50
    Child (ages 5-12) - $25
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3



    Spectator Refreshment Wristband - $11 + tax
    *may be purchased now or on race day (as available, supplies are limited); only needed if the spectator would like refreshments or snacks (spectating at the finish line is free)
    Additional T-shirts - $16 + tax

    Only paid, registered participants will receive a cotton long sleeve t-shirt. T-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up in the size requested on participant registration.

    Additional shirts, including those for children under age 4, can be purchased in advance for $16 each.

    Day-of shirt purchases and trades for other sizes will be allowed at the end of the event if extra shirts are available.

    Please note: Zoo admission is not included with race registration. If you wish to enjoy the Zoo prior to the race, admission will need to be purchased separately.


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  • Great Backyard Bird Count Informational Session

    Feb 10th, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo will host a program on February 10 from 11am-1pm for those who love birds and are interested in learning more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, how you can participate, and basic skills for successful bird counting.

    Head over to Unseen New World to participate in bird-related educational activities, see bird artifacts, learn about how Nashville Zoo is protecting wild birds, and even meet one of Nashville Zoo’s bird ambassadors. 

    Participation is included with zoo admission. 

    The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science project where people from around the world count birds for 15 minutes a day from February 15-18.  The data you collect is used to assist researchers in tracking bird migrations and getting accurate population counts of different species.  In 2018 there were 200,000 participants that helped count over 6,000 bird species. Learn more about how to join the fun.

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  • Love Birds & Animal Attraction - Valentine's Day Animal Enrichment

    Feb 16th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo animals are celebrating Valentine’s Day with special enrichment items on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

    “Valentine’s Day is a chance for our animals to receive new items and toys for enrichment, and for our keepers to have a little fun,” said Jac Menish, Curator of Behavioral Husbandry at Nashville Zoo. “Cardboard in the shape of candy kisses, purple and red paper hearts, and pink paper chains are just a few of the sweet items the animals will be enjoying during the day.”

    Nashville Zoo uses daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors in the animals, ensuring optimal physical and mental health. Special days like Valentine's Day allow keepers to offer fun, themed enrichment for the animals and the guests to enjoy. 

    Animals that guests can expect to see on exhibit during this time of year will receive their enrichment when they go on exhibit.

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