Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Gardening Class

    Apr 6th, 2019
    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 and organic gardening. The last class will help plant a children's garden. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    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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  • Week of the Young Child - Kickoff

    Apr 7th, 2019
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Nashville’s “Week of the Young Child” kicks off at Nashville Zoo. Local organizations geared toward children will have booths set up on Festival Field with activities and information from 2pm-5pm.  

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 13th, 2019
    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 and organic gardening. The last class will help plant a children's garden. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    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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  • Eggstravaganzoo

    Apr 20th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Hop into Spring at Eggstravaganzoo!

    Nashville Zoo’s annual spring celebration is back with egg hunts and Easter fun for children of all ages. Activities during the day include 10 scheduled egg hunts for kids, spring-themed games, bounce houses, face painting and more!

    Activities take place from 9 am - 4 pm. See specific egg hunt schedules below.

    Eggstravaganzoo is included with your Zoo admission or membership.

    2 years & under - 10 am or 12:30 pm
    3 years - 10:30 am or 1 pm
    4 - 5 years - 11 am or 1:30 pm
    6 - 7 years - 11:30 am or 2 pm
    8 - 10 years - 12 pm or 2:30 pm

    Between the kids' egg hunts, enjoy some of the animal fun we have planned for the day.

    Keeper Talks

    9:45 am - Rhinoceros Iguana (Unseen New World)
    10:00 am - Tortoise (Critter Encounters)
    10:00 am - Macaw
    10:15 am - Bat feeding (Unseen New World)
    10:15 am - Spider Monkey
    10:45 am - Porcupine
    10:45 am - Rhinoceros Hornbill
    11:15 am - White Rhinoceros
    11:15 am - Andean Bear
    11:45 am - Tapir
    12:15 pm - Barn Owl (Historic Farm)
    12:45 pm - Flamingo
    12:45 pm - Zebra, Antelope, Ostrich
    1:15 pm - Cassowary
    1:45 pm - Sheep Encounter (Historic Farm)
    2:00 pm - Pig Encounter (Critter Encounters)
    2:15 pm - Red Panda
    2:15 pm - Aviary
    2:45 pm - Giraffe
    3:15 pm - Red River Hog

    Amphitheater Shows

    10:00 am - Magic Show
    11:00 am - Animal Show
    12:00 pm - Magic Show
    2:00 pm - Animal Show

    Hoppy Animal Encounters

    Keep your eye out for some special animal encounters along the Zoo paths throughout the day!

    How to beat the traffic & get to the eggs quicker

    1. Arrive early Traffic around the Zoo is particularly heavy on this day. We recommend arriving at least one hour in advance of the scheduled hunt for your child's age group. Allow plenty of time to park and get to Festival Field.
    2. Additional Parking & Entrance We will open the back part of the Zoo for overflow parking if needed.
    3. Members get through the ticket booth quicker. Membership expiring soon? We strongly encourage you to renew online before heading to the Zoo. You can use your email confirmation to show proof of membership.
     

    During the event

    1. Pick up a schedule of events at the entrance. This will include times for all activities throughout the day.
    2. Don't forget the essentials. Egg basket/bag, camera and sunscreen.
    3. Missed the egg hunt for your age group? Younger children who miss their hunt may enter an older aged hunt, but older kids may not participate in lower age groups' hunts. Please only hunt once.
    4. It's not the number of eggs that matters. Every child receives a goodie bag regardless of the number of eggs collected. Redemption tents are adjacent to the egg hunt field.
    5. Spend more time with the Easter Bunny. Reserve your spot with our Early Riser Package. See details and pricing below.
    Read our blog post full of more tips!
     
     

    Early Riser Package

    Special Early Access to the Zoo + Extra Fun!

    Beat the crowd and start your day off right by adding the Early Riser Package to your Eggstravaganzoo experience! Enjoy early access to the Zoo for a Zoo-wide egg hunt; free rides on the zip line, carousel & train; kids' craft and special souvenir; a private photo opp with the Easter Bunny; and a grab-and-go breakfast! Pre-registration is required.

    • 8am entrance to the Zoo with premium parking
    • All-day Adventure Pass with rides opening at 8am
    • Early morning animal meet and greets
    • Grab-and-go breakfast includes doughnuts, fruit, coffee, milk, etc.
    • Easter Bunny meet-and-greet timeslot will be selected during registration.
    Pricing

    Individuals ages 2+: $20 per Member or $38 per Non-member
    Children Under 2 are free, with a $10 add-on available to receive craft/souvenir

    *Pricing includes Zoo admission and parking.

    Add-on the Early Riser Package!

    Tickets on sale March 6. 


     
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  • Party for the Planet

    Apr 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 2:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join the Zoo in celebrating Earth Day on April 25!

    The Zoo's fourth annual Party for the Planet event will include games, activities, special keeper talks, and friends from local conservation organizations. 

     

    Spring Into Action!

    Students of all ages are encouraged to join Nashville Zoo this spring for the Spring Into Action conservation campaign contest! Leading up to the Zoo’s annual Party for the Planet event and Earth Day, classrooms in Metro Nashville, as well as Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson and Williamson Counties, are encouraged to come together and take action to save wildlife both here in Tennessee and around the world.

    Plan a project around one of four conservation campaigns to make an impact on a threatened species. The winning project in each age group will receive a FREE field trip to the Zoo! Learn more about the contest or sign up your classroom!

    Interactive Experiences

    Festival Field
    9am-2pm | Festival Field

    The Zoo's Festival Field will be filled with fun activities and games from the Zoo docents and volunteers. Plus, our friends from local organizations will be onsite to share tips about living green and how to become involved.

     
    Green Leaves
    9am-2pm | Festival Field

    In the festival field, you will find leaves with conservation actions on them! Complete the activity and share on social media with #nzgreenteam

     
    Green Team Activity Book
    9am-2pm | Zoo-wide

    Pick up your Green Team Activity Book at the ticket booth, complete the activities throughout the zoo, and return when finished for a fun prize!

     
    Native Plant Gardening
    10am-12pm | Barn at the Historic Home

    Come help Nashville Zoo grow by planting species native to Tennessee in our garden at the Historic Home.

    Recycled Art Contest

    9am-2pm | Festival Field

    Enter the Recycled Art Contest for a chance to win a free Zoo Membership. Art pieces will be displayed at the Zoo during Party for the Planet and judged by a panel made up from members of local organizations. The contest will be divided into three age categories: PreK - 2nd Grade; 3rd-6th Grade; 7th-12th Grade. Three winners in each category will receive the following prizes:

    • 1st - Dual Membership
    • 2nd - Four Pack of Zoo tickets with a Parking Pass
    • 3rd - Two Pack of Zoo Tickets with a Parking Pass

    One artwork submission per person. All artwork cannot be larger than 12inches x 12inches square. All artwork must be submitted at the Croft Center between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 18-21 to be eligible. 

    New for 2019! TIGER THEME: all artwork submitted should be related to tigers.

    Pre-registration required. Turn your recycling into artwork!

     

    Participating Organizations:

    • Adventure Science Center
    • Honda
    • Metro Parks
    • Metro Recycling
    • Tennessee Bat Working Group
    • Tennessee State Parks
    • Urban Green Lab

     

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  • Gardening Class

    Apr 27th, 2019
    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 and organic gardening. The last class will help plant a children's garden. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    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 28th, 2019
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    NASHVILLE ZOO’S ANNUAL AUTISM AWARENESS DAY SET FOR APRIL 28!

    Nashville Zoo will hold its annual Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 28.

    Held in partnership with 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.

    Nashville Zoo has worked with 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. All materials can be found here!

     

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  • Gardening Class

    May 4th, 2019
    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 and organic gardening. The last class will help plant a children's garden. 

    Spring gardening classes are free with Zoo admission and take place at from 11am - 12pm at the Grassmere Historic Farm gardens located behind the home. Master Gardeners leading the session will answer guests’ questions and provide handouts and other helpful items.

    • April 6: And Sow It Begins: Seed Starting and Composting
    • April 13: Can You Identify That Plant?
    • April 27: Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
    • May 4: Planting Seeds in the Children's Garden

    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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  • Zoovie Night

    May 24th, 2019
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for a fun family night under the stars!

    Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, and after-hours 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 and concessions*
    • Carousel and zip line 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 24th- Ralph Breaks The Internet
    • August 30th- Smallfoot

    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 25th, 2019
    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!)

    Dates

    May 25-26
    August 31-September 1

    Pricing

    Members (age 4+) - $38
    Non-Members (age 4+) - $58
    Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $16
    Non-Member Toddlers (age 2-4) - $30
    Groups of 8+ $33/each

    Pricing includes souvenir gift for registered children and unlimited rides for guests from 4pm-9:30pm.

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  • Brew at the Zoo

    May 31st, 2019
    6:30pm - 10:30pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Eighth annual beer festival on tap for May 31!

    Nashville Zoo welcomes all species of beer lovers to the eighth annual Brew at the Zoo happening on Friday, May 31 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. 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.

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    Please note: The Zoo will close at 4pm on May 31 to prepare for Brew at the Zoo.

     

    Ticket Types & Details

    Tickets on sale April 3rd!

    SUMMER SIPS COMBO

    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.

    GENERAL ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $60  /  NON-MEMBERS $65 - THRU 5/24 
    Week of Price - $75

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

    VIP ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $125  /  NON-MEMBERS $135 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $150
    • Everything included in General Admission along with exclusive access to VIP Lounge 
    • Early entrance (6pm)  
    • Access to the Conservation Lounge
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Food pairings with select beers & wines in a VIP Lounge (6pm - 8:30pm)
    • Late night snack stop (9pm - 10pm)

    DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS

    GA & VIP options available
    GENERAL ADMISSION - MEMBERS $25 / NON-MEMBERS $30 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $35
    • You must be 21+
    • You will not receive a tasting glass. You will receive a water and snack voucher at check in
    VIP - MEMBERS $55 / NON-MEMBERS $60 - THRU 5/24
    Week of Price - $65
    • You must be 21+
    • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge 
    • Early entrance (6pm)
    • Exclusive animal encounter
    • Access to Conservation Lounge
    • Food pairings in a VIP Lounge (6pm - 8:30pm)
    • Late night snack stop (9pm - 10pm)

    ADD ON CONSERVATION LOUNGE ACCESS

    $11 IN ADVANCE  /  $15 AT THE DOOR
    • Get access to this swanky lounge with lounge seating, an exclusive brewery, animal encounter, door prizes and more
    • Proceeds benefit a conservation project
    • 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!

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    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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