Upcoming Events

  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Marvel's Spider-Man

    Apr 29th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Meet your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at the Zoo on April 29 from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Marvel's Spider-Man will be meeting fans and posing for photos. Use your spidey senses and fast reflexes in activities taking place throughout the Zoo. Stop by our new spider monkey exhibit and visit the spiders inside Unseen New World for special talks. 

    The Amazing Spider-Man © MARVEL

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 29th, 2017
    11:00am - Noon

    Nashville Zoo and the Davidson County Master Gardeners are hosting gardening classes on Saturdays this April. The informal sessions cover a variety of topics, including composting, organic gardening and canning. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at 11 a.m. at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts, soil sample kits, and other helpful items.

    • April 1: Tools are Your Friends – Take Care and Pruning Fruit and Ornamental Trees for Success.
    • April 8: Introduction to Gardening –  Soil Prep, Composting, and Raised Beds.
    • April 22: History of Medicinal Herbs & Culinary Herbs to Spice Up Your Life 
    • April 29: Kids in the Garden– come and share a read-aloud and help plant a special children’s garden that you can watch grow all summer long!

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens. For the last 18 years, the Master Gardeners have provided the manpower, resources and expertise to keep the areas around the historic home both beautiful and bountiful.

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  • Autism Awareness Day

    Apr 30th, 2017
    9:00am - 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE ZOO’S FOURTH ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SET FOR APRIL 30!

    Nashville Zoo will hold its fourth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 30.

    Held in partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Autism Awareness Day is included with Zoo admission or membership and offers family-oriented animal experiences and activities throughout the Zoo. Guests can participate in a zoo-wide scavenger hunt or sensory tour and close encounters with animals along the Zoo's trails.

    Activity Schedule

    10:00-11:15  Open House at Croft House
    10:30-11:00  Animal Encounters at Festival Field
    11:30-12:00  Kid’s Tour at Croft House
    1:00-1:30  Sensory Friendly Animal Show at Amphitheater
    1:30-2:15  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    1:45-2:45  Open House at Croft House
    2:00-2:30  Sheep Visit at Croft House Front Lawn
    2:15-3:00  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)
    3:00-3:45  Sensory Tour (Meet at Festival Field)

    Autism Spectrum: Planning Your Visit

    Nashville Zoo has been working with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) to develop tools and supports to enhance a zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Prepare for a visit to Nashville Zoo with these planning materials, such as visual schedules, zoo map with quiet areas and social stories about zoo experiences.

    Social Stories to help prepare for a Zoo visit:

    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures (pdf) 
    Going to the Nashville Zoo Pictures/Spanish (pdf)
    Petting Animals at the Zoo Pictures (pdf)
    Waiting in Line at the Zoo Pictures (pdf) 

    Zoo Maps, Tours, and Visual Schedules:

    This resource includes a specialized map of the Zoo, indicating quiet and loud areas, as well as other information to help prepare for your trip to the Zoo. The included icons can be used to create a visual schedule to plan your trip!

    General Zoo Map & Visual Schedule (pdf)

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  • Avian Awareness Day

    May 7th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Nashville Zoo’s Birds Get All the Attention on June 11

    Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Sunday, June 11 from 10am - 3pm. Zoo guests can participate in activities that focus on the importance of birds throughout the world, Nashville Zoo avian conservation projects and how you can help birds in your own backyard.

    Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they make passage between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

    Educational stations will be set up throughout the Zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to our feathered friends. Other activities include egg and feather displays, keeper talks, docent stations at many of our bird exhibits, and encounters with some of our ambassador animals.

    Avian Awareness Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), an event founded in 1993 by a coalition of bird-minded organizations that recognized the need for a unified focus on the conservation of migratory birds. Zoos across the country celebrate IMBD, raising awareness for the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats and non-breeding habitats each year. 

    Avian Awareness Day is free with Zoo admission or membership.

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  • 25th Annual Golf Classic

    May 8th, 2017
    11:30am - 6:00pm
    Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs

    Join Nashville Zoo for our 25th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 8.

    Putting contest and driving range open at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament commences at 1:00 p.m. Once again the tournament takes place at the beautiful and prestigious Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs.

    Your participation in the Golf Classic not only supports Nashville Zoo – our animals, education programs and conservation efforts – but also includes:

    • Green Fees
    • Caddy for the afternoon - one caddy per foursome
    • Lunch served at noon
    • Beer on the course
    • Course contests
    • Awards reception with prizes and dinner

    Join Golf Tournament Co-Chairs Jeff Jacobs and Jeremy Werthan for an afternoon of golf and fun while supporting your Nashville Zoo!

    Registration

    Fees:
    $400 per player
    $1,600 per team

     

    Register

     

     

    Supported by:

     

    Butler Snow | The Crichton Group | Landmark Bank | Service Systems Associates | Stradis Healthcare | Werthan, LLC

    Edley’s Bar-b-que | Freshpoint Tomato | | DTZ | Dex Imaging | Paycor | EFT Source | JLL | Bloomin’ Brands | Sport Seasons | White Bridge Auto Wash

     


     

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Sarah Lingo at slingo@nashvillezoo.org for more information.



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  • Rockin' for Rhinos Conservation Concert

    May 11th, 2017
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Mercy Lounge

    Join Nashville Zoo for its second annual Rockin' for Rhinos Conservation Conert, presented by the Nashville AAZK chapter, on May 11 at Mercy Lounge. Enjoy live music and learn about AAZK's conservation programs taking place in zoos around the country and around the world. This event will benefit the conservation of all five endangered rhinoceros species, two of which have less than 100 individuals left in the wild. 

    Line up includes: 

    After Violet
    The Middle Ground
    John "Jojo" Herman


    Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased online, or tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door!

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  • Zoovie Night, Presented by Southern Icee

    May 26th, 2017
    6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel and zipline! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo!

     

    Movies

    • May 26th- Paddington
    • June 23rd- Shrek
    • September 1st- Zootopia

    Zoovie Cost

    Members - Free
    Non-Members - Included with day-of admission, OR $6 per person if entering after 6pm

    Event Schedule

    6 PM - Sunset

    Inflatables, DJ and games on Festival Field
    Face painting, crafts and concessions*
    Carousel and zipline open*
    *additional fees apply

    Sunset - Movie time!
     

    Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, please check the Zoo's Facebook page for up-to-date information. Weather-influenced cancellations will be made by 4:30pm on the day-of the event.

     

    Please note that Zoo animal trails will close at 6 pm and guests must stay in Festival Field area after Zoo closing time.

     
     

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Start: May 27, 2017
    4:00pm
    End: May 28, 2017
    9:00am

    Join us for a unique camping experience as you sleep under the stars just a short distance away from the snoozing animals.

    Zzzoofari Slumber is an overnight camp session for families and escorted children. Recommended for kids ages 4 - 12 years old. Enjoy a variety of activities during the evening and a full breakfast the next morning.

     

    Schedule of Activities

    • 4 - 6 pm - Crafts and Tent Set-up
    • 6 - 7:30 pm - Jungle Gym, Wild Animal Carousel, Soaring Eagle Zipline, Hayride, and Nashville Stars Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables, and campfire with hot dog and marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 7pm), inflatables, an animal show, crafts, evening hot dog and marshmallow roast and a full breakfast in the morning.

     

    Packing list:

    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags, Pillows & Blankets
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc..)
    • Flashlight/ Battery powered lantern
    Recommended/Suggested Items:
    • Dinner Food/Snacks (to supplement the hot dog and marshmallow roast)
    • Camp chair or blanket
    • Musical instruments (any of you aspiring musicians out there are welcome to play or sing a little ditty around the campfire!)

    Pricing

    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $55
    Toddlers (age 2-4) - $15
    Groups of 8+ $30/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children.

     
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  • Brew at the Zoo, presented by ML Rose

    Jun 2nd, 2017
    6:30pm - 11:00pm

    BREW AT THE ZOO ON TAP FOR June 2!

    Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the fifth annual Brew at the Zoo happening on Friday, June 2 from 6:30pm to 11pm.

    Animals, live music, local food trucks and 100 craft beers are on tap at this unique after-hours event voted the best beer event in Nashville by Nashville Scene in 2014 and 2016.

    Please note: The Zoo will close at 5 p.m. to prepare for Brew at the Zoo.

    Buy tickets!


     

    TICKET TYPES & DETAILS

    Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 7.

    GENERAL ADMISSION

    Regular - $65
    • Includes commemorative tasting glass and unlimited 2oz samples from all participating craft breweries.

    VIP ADMISSION

    Regular - $125
    • Everything included in General Admission along with exclusive access to VIP Lounge. 
    • Private entrance
    • Access to the Conservation Lounge
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Food pairings with select beers & wines in a VIP Lounge (6:30-9:30pm)

    DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET

    GA - $25 
    • You must be 21+
    • You will not receive a tasting glass. You will receive a water and snack voucher at check in
    VIP - $55
    • You must be 21+
    • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge 
    • Private entrance
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Access to Conservation Lounge
    • Food pairings in a VIP Lounge (6:30 - 9:30pm)

     

    Buy tickets!

     

    ADD ON CONSERVATION LOUNGE ACCESS

    $10/ADVANCE OR $15/AT DOOR
    • Get access to this swanky lounge complete with lounge seating, an exclusive brewery, door prizes and more.
    • All proceeds support "Save Vietnam's Wildlife" – a national non-profit committed to rescuing, protecting & increasing the threatened wildlife of Vietnam and securing the habitats of animals such as pangolins, civets, and binturoungs.
    • Limited access will be given so reserve your spot in advance.

     

     

     

    ADD ON SHUTTLE SERVICE - $5

     

     

    • In partnership with Anchor Transportation we are offering discounted round-trip shuttles to and from Brew at the Zoo from four areas of town.

       

    • You must pre-register and have a shuttle ticket to board the shuttle.
    • We must reach a minimum of 40 passengers per shuttle to ensure that each shuttle runs, so spread the word and take advantage of this incredible service.
    • Shuttles will leave each pick-up location promptly at the scheduled times and then depart from the Nashville Zoo at 11:15pm.

    See the schedule and register for shuttle service here.

     

    Entertainment

    • Crucial Brothers
    • Deep Groves
    • Grasstime
    • Irwin Entertainment
    • Los Dos Amigos
    • RePercussion
    • Tony Memmel

     


     

    event rules

    • This event is ages 21+ only, no exceptions. Children are not permitted.
    • No public urination – if found in the bushes you will be removed.
    • No weapons of any kind.
    • No illegal substances.
    • Smoking (including vaping) is only permitted in a designated area, which will be noted on the festival map. Please do not smoke anywhere else. If found smoking in other areas, you will be asked to leave.
    • No bags or backpacks. Small purses are allowed.
    • No outside food or beverages. Water will be provided. Empty reusable water bottles are permitted.
    • No pets.
    • Please respect yourself, your fellow Brew patrons and the Zoo property.

    travel information

    Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.

    COMING SOON- Lyft will provide a special Brew at the Zoo code that will offer riders:

    • New users: Get 2 free rides (up to $10 each)
    • Existing users: 15% off 2 rides to/from event
    • VIP ticket holders: 30% off round-trip
    • Parking at Nashville Zoo will be FREE starting at 6pm. Please remember that parking is free during the event, but if you leave your car overnight it must be removed from the Zoo between 6am and 9am or your car will be towed.

     


     

    Volunteer at Brew at the Zoo!

    Volunteer at Nashville’s most unique craft beer event! Volunteers assist with event set up, attractions, pour beer at stations and help as runners/floaters. The event has live music, activities, a conservation competition, food trucks and over 100 craft beers on tap. Stations are set up throughout the park. Groups are welcome but each volunteer in the group must sign up individually on the Zoo website online form as it’s an agreement. Group volunteers must indicate their group affiliation in the comment box provided on the form. No walk-ups, volunteers must sign up and be confirmed in advance in order to participate. One shift available: 5:30-11:30pm. Volunteers must be 21 and older.

    Sign up to volunteer!

     


     

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  • June Member Night

    Jun 16th, 2017
    6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Join us on these special evenings as the Zoo stays open late for an exclusive Members-Only event. Most animal habitats will be open with keepers or docents stationed and ready to chat with you. Additional activities and animal encounters are in the works!

     

    Event Timeline

    6 - 7:45 pm
    FREE Wild Animal Carousel rides
    FREE Train rides
    FREE Inflatable play area
    (children 12 & under)
    7:30  pm
    Animal Presentation in Ampitheater

    Soaring Eagle Zip Line will be available for rides at the normal ticket rate during the event.

    Zoofari Cafe reopens at 5:30 pm for members who want to grab dinner before the event.

    going green

    Recycling bins will be available at Member Night, so please bring in any recyclable batteries, old cellphones, CFL bulbs, and aluminum cans you may have at home. Our Green Team will gladly take them off your hands!

    Other Event Benefits

    10% Member discount at ZooFari Café
    50% Member discount on event tickets for additional guests
    (Guests listed on card are free.)

     

    Member Nights are strictly a privilege for Nashville Zoo members. For more information, email membership@nashvillezoo.org or become a member now!

     
     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are all activities available for the entire event?

    No, most of the open exhibits for the event will close at 7:30 p.m., some earlier. The evening's Keeper Experiences are listed in the schedule of events that you will receive along with your wristband for times, locations and topics. Carousel rides, train rides and other activities will close at 7:45 p.m. The animal presentation (7:30 p.m.) closes the evening. We recommend arriving between 5:30 - 5:45 p.m. to check out the schedule and have time to fully enjoy the event. 

    Are guests allowed?

    Yes, if you have a guest option on your card [indicated by GUEST on the back of the card] you may feel free to use it. This is a great way to show others how wonderful your Zoo membership is.


    What about bringing more guests than my card allows?

    Additional Member Night Event guest tickets may be purchased at the Ticket Booth at a special 50% rate* per person. These admissions may only be purchased by a current member, after 5 p.m.on the event date. Admission paid earlier in the day will not apply for the event.
    * $7.50 adult/teen, $5 child 2-12, $6.50 senior.


    Are reservations required?

    No, however, we will issue event wristbands to ensure that the Zoo may be cleared of all non-event visitors. Wristbands may be obtained as you enter.


    What about food?

    The ZooFari Cafe will remain open until 7:30 p.m., serving a selection of menu items. You may also choose to eat before arriving or bring a snack to enjoy as you walk.


    May we attend more than one Member Night?

    Absolutely.


    What if it rains?

    In the event that severe weather causes Member Night to be cancelled, every attempt will be made to post this on the membership line (615-833-1534 ext. 125), Zoo's website and Facebook page by 4 p.m. The event is typically "called" if heavy rain or lightning occur during the event. We are unable to reschedule the event.


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  • Zoovie Night, Presented by Southern Icee

    Jun 23rd, 2017
    6:00pm - 10:00pm

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel and zipline! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo!

     

    Event Schedule

    6 PM - Sunset
    • Inflatables, DJ and games on Festival Field
    • Face painting, crafts and concessions*
    • Carousel and zipline open*

    *additional fees apply

    Sunset - Movie time!

    Please note that Zoo animal trails will close at 6 pm and guests must stay in Festival Field area after Zoo closing time.

    Movies

    • May 26th- Paddington
    • June 23rd- Shrek
    • September 1st- Zootopia

    Zoovie Cost

    Members - Free
    Non-Members - Included with day-of admission, OR $6 per person if entering after 6pm

     

    Additional Amenities

    Mom Spot - Stop by this complimentary diaper changing station and privacy tent for nursing moms, hosted by Baby+Company.

    Inclement Weather

    In the case of inclement weather, please check the Zoo's Facebook page for up-to-date information. Weather-influenced cancellations will be made by 4:30pm on the day-of the event.

     
     

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  • Summer Splash H2Oliday, presented by Southern ICEE

    Jul 1st, 2017
    10:00am - 5:00pm

    With temperatures on the rise, the Zoo transforms into a water wonderland complete with slides, wet and wild games, splashy attractions and more.  A Cool Zone Tent lets guests stroll through a flurry of snow and “Club Chill” is the perfect spot to shake off the summer heat. Guests can pick up a keeper talk schedule at the front gate to see some of the Zoo’s animals devour their own brand of Popsicle, like frozen grapes, turkey broth pops and chilled meal worms. Summer Splash H2Oliday is included with Zoo admission. However, some activities have additional fees.

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  • July Member Night

    Jul 14th, 2017
    6:00pm - 9:30pm

    Join us on these special evenings as the Zoo stays open late for an exclusive Members-Only event. Most animal habitats will be open with keepers or docents stationed and ready to chat with you. Additional activities and animal encounters are in the works!

     

    Event Timeline

    6 - 7:45 pm
    FREE Wild Animal Carousel rides
    FREE Train rides
    FREE Inflatable play area
    (children 12 & under)
    7:30  pm
    Animal Presentation in Ampitheater

    Soaring Eagle Zip Line will be available for rides at the normal ticket rate during the event.

    Zoofari Cafe reopens at 5:30 pm for members who want to grab dinner before the event.

    going green

    Recycling bins will be available at Member Night, so please bring in any recyclable batteries, old cellphones, CFL bulbs, and aluminum cans you may have at home. Our Green Team will gladly take them off your hands!

    Other Event Benefits

    10% Member discount at ZooFari Café
    50% Member discount on event tickets for additional guests
    (Guests listed on card are free.)

     

    Member Nights are strictly a privilege for Nashville Zoo members. For more information, email membership@nashvillezoo.org or become a member now!

     
     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are all activities available for the entire event?

    No, most of the open exhibits for the event will close at 7:30 p.m., some earlier. The evening's Keeper Experiences are listed in the schedule of events that you will receive along with your wristband for times, locations and topics. Carousel rides, train rides and other activities will close at 7:45 p.m. The animal presentation (7:30 p.m.) closes the evening. We recommend arriving between 5:30 - 5:45 p.m. to check out the schedule and have time to fully enjoy the event. 

    Are guests allowed?

    Yes, if you have a guest option on your card [indicated by GUEST on the back of the card] you may feel free to use it. This is a great way to show others how wonderful your Zoo membership is.


    What about bringing more guests than my card allows?

    Additional Member Night Event guest tickets may be purchased at the Ticket Booth at a special 50% rate* per person. These admissions may only be purchased by a current member, after 5 p.m.on the event date. Admission paid earlier in the day will not apply for the event.
    * $7.50 adult/teen, $5 child 2-12, $6.50 senior.


    Are reservations required?

    No, however, we will issue event wristbands to ensure that the Zoo may be cleared of all non-event visitors. Wristbands may be obtained as you enter.


    What about food?

    The ZooFari Cafe will remain open until 7:30 p.m., serving a selection of menu items. You may also choose to eat before arriving or bring a snack to enjoy as you walk.


    May we attend more than one Member Night?

    Absolutely.


    What if it rains?

    In the event that severe weather causes Member Night to be cancelled, every attempt will be made to post this on the membership line (615-833-1534 ext. 125), Zoo's website and Facebook page by 4 p.m. The event is typically "called" if heavy rain or lightning occur during the event. We are unable to reschedule the event.


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