Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • City Nature Challenge

    Apr 28th, 2018
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Calling all citizen scientists! Join us for the 2018 City Nature Challenge. Participate in a nation-wide survey by snapping photos of native wildlife using the iNaturalist App. We'll be competing against other cities across the globe to see who can make the most wildlife observations. Animal handlers will even bring out some native Tennesse animals for you to meet along our zoo trail!

    No pre-registration required. Included with Zoo admission. All ages and experience levels welcome.

    You can learn more about iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2018-nashville

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  • Meet Me at the Zoo: Star Wars

    Apr 28th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is expecting some visitors from a galaxy far far away for Meet Me at the Zoo on April 28th. Meet Me at the Zoo is an event series for Zoo visitors that offers special activities and character meet and greets. Star Wars characters will be available for photos and to meet their adventurous fans beginning at 10am. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the Star Wars movies.


    Kids are invited to participate in the Zoo’s Jedi Training Camp, featuring games and activities built to test their knowledge of the Force. Event activities take place from 10am to 3pm.


    Character meet and greets will begin at 10am until 12pm and resume at 1pm through 3pm. Characters will greet guests on first come, first serve basis. We cannot guarantee a one-on-one meet and greet for each guest, but do our best to accommodate the most families as possible within the characters’ allotted time. To maximize your chances of meeting the featured character(s), plan to arrive early to get a spot in line. Zoo staff will monitor the line and communicate to guests when the line exceeds character availability.

    Meet Me at the Zoo is included with general Zoo admission and Nashville Zoo membership.

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 28th, 2018
    11:00am - Noon
    Grassmere Historic Home & Farm

    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 7: And Sow It Begins:  Seed Starting
    • April 14: Gardening 101: Information on soil prep, composting, raised beds and tool care
    • April 21: Kids in the Garden: Help plant a special garden that you can watch grow all summer long!
    • April 28: The Spice of Life: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs

    The award-winning Davidson County Master Gardeners are responsible for the complete restoration of the Grassmere Historic Home’s gardens and provide 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 29th, 2018
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo


    Nashville Zoo will hold its fifth annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 29.

    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:

    My Day at Nashville Zoo (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
    Animal Shows (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
    Lorikeet Landing (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
    Touching Animals (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)
    Waiting in Line (pdf) | Spanish (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!

    Visual Schedule (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)

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  • Avian Awareness Day

    May 12th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo’s Birds Get All the Attention on May 12

    Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 12 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.

    Activities include: educational stations set up at many of the bird exhibits throughout the Zoo, keeper talks, and encouters 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. 2018 is also the "Year of the Bird" celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act - a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds' lives.

    Avian Awareness Day is free with Zoo admission or membership.

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  • 26th Annual Golf Classic

    May 14th, 2018
    11:30am - 6:00pm
    Hermitage Golf Course - President's Reserve

    Join Nashville Zoo for our 26th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 14.

    Putting contest and driving range open at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament commences at 1:00 p.m. The tournament takes place at the beautiful and prestigious President's Reserve at Hermitage Golf Course.

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

    • Green Fees
    • Lunch served at noon
    • Beer on the course
    • Course contests
    • Awards reception with prizes and dinner

    Join Golf Tournament Co-Chairs Brent Keally, John Lueken and Alex Marks for an afternoon of golf and fun while supporting your Nashville Zoo!


    $400 per player
    $1,600 per team





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    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact broberts@nashvillezoo.org for more information.

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  • Zoovie Night, presented by ICEE Company

    May 25th, 2018
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    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 zip line! 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.


    • May 25th- Moana
    • August 31st- Zootopia

    Zoovie Cost

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

    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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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    May 26th, 2018
    4:00pm - 11:55pm
    Nashville Zoo

    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 Animal Show (starts at 7pm)
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm - Corn hole, inflatables and campfire with a marshmallow roast

    Activities include hayrides, carousel and zipline rides (until 8:30 pm), inflatables (until 9:30pm), an animal show, crafts, dinner 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 provided dinner 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!)


    May 26-27
    September 1-2


    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.

    Registration opens March 14.


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  • Brew at the Zoo

    Jun 1st, 2018
    6:30pm - 11:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Seventh annual beer festival on tap for June 1!

    Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the seventh annual Brew at the Zoo happening on Friday, June 1 from 6:30pm to 11pm. Animals, live music, local food trucks and over 100 craft beers are on tap at this unique after-hours event voted the best beer event in Nashville by Nashville Scene readers in 2014 and 2016.

    Please note: The Zoo will close at 4pm on June 1 to prepare for Brew at the Zoo.


    Ticket Types & Details

    Tickets on sale now!


    Celebrate National Beer Day with $5 off non-member rates

    Non-members save $5 off the non-member rates listed below April 4-7 only. No promotion code needed!


    Double up & Save

    Double up on adults-only fun at the Zoo this summer and save $$ when you purchase BOTH Brew at the Zoo and Red, White & Zoo tickets at once! The Summer Sips Combo option will appear after you click "Checkout" during the purchase process for Brew at the Zoo tickets.


    MEMBERS $60  /  NON-MEMBERS $65

    Includes commemorative tasting glass and unlimited 2oz samples from all participating craft breweries.


    MEMBERS $120  /  NON-MEMBERS $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)


    GA & VIP options available
    • You must be 21+
    • You will not receive a tasting glass. You will receive a water and snack voucher at check in
    • 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)


    $10 IN ADVANCE  /  $15 AT THE DOOR
    • Get access to this swanky lounge with lounge seating, an exclusive brewery, door prizes and more
    • All proceeds support "Rainforest Trust" – a world leader in conservation protecting millions of acres of rainforest from destruction while helping the world's most endangered species thrive.
    • Limited tickets available!

    Buy tickets!


    Know Before You Go

    • 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.
    Be responsible. Don’t drink and drive.

    LYFT Promotion Code - 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

    Event parking

    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.

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  • Make Music Nashville

    Jun 21st, 2018
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville Zoo is once again taking part in Make Music Nashville! Make Music Nashville is an all-day festival taking place in various neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21st every year. Join us up at the Grassmere Historic Home and you can listen to various acts perform and even join in on a Harmonica Jam!



    Free for members. Included in admission.



    Historic Home Lawn:

    1pm – 2pm: Howard Pink Musical Jungle
    Description: Howard Pink and His Musical Garden Hoses: Everything you ever wanted to know about the French horn but were afraid to ask.

    2pm – 3pm: Make Music Nashville presents Harmonica Jam at the Zoo
    Description: Join us at Nashville Zoo’s Grassmere Historic Home for free harmonica lessons by Nashville’s Greg Hommert and harmonicas donated by Hohner! Harmonicas only available to first 100 children.

    Historic Home Entrance:

    1pm – 2pm: Vladopus9
    Description: Vladopus9 is the all original acoustic Folk/Americana (female vocalist and male acoustic guitarist) duo from here in Nashville.

    2:15pm – 3pm: The Busks
    Description: The Busks are a throwback Rock & Roll group with influences from classic 60s artists such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel and more.

    3:15pm – 4pm: Courtney Dickinson**TENTATIVE**
    Description: Fiery is a clear description of both the sound and personality of Courtney Dickinson. Courtney plans to add her own fiery flavor to Country Music and make a place for "a female with a message" and introduce herself as the "new redhead in town!"

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  • Summer Splash H2Oliday, presented by ICEE Company

    Jul 7th, 2018
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    With temperatures on the rise, the Zoo transforms into a water wonderland complete with slides, wet and wild games, splashy attractions and more.

    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 popsicles, 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 13th, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    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 Soaring Eagle zipline rides
    FREE Inflatable play area
    (children 12 & under)
    7:30  pm
    Animal Presentation in Ampitheater

    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, zip line 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.
    * $8.50 adult/teen, $6.00 child 2-12, $7.50 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?


    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) and 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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