Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Jul 19th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Jul 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • Red, White & Zoo

    Jul 26th, 2019
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join us for Red, White & Zoo, our fifth annual wine tasting event. Experience the Zoo’s exotic habitats while enjoying wine from around the world. This is an adults-only evening fundraiser, guests under age 21 are not permitted. 

    Wander the Zoo trails while enjoying unlimited samples of wine and a curated selection of craft beers! A number of exhibits will be open until sundown with keepers available to answer questions. Plus, live music, animal encounters and food available for purchase through local vendors.

    Summer Sips Combo: Save $10!

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    TICKET TYPES & DETAILS

    Tickets on sale April 3!

    GENERAL ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $60 / NON-MEMBERS $65 / WEEK OF $75

    Includes commemorative tasting glass and unlimited wine tastings.

    VIP ADMISSION

    MEMBERS $115 / NON-MEMBERS $125 / WEEK OF $140
    • Everything included in General Admission along with exclusive access to VIP Lounge. 
    • Private entrance
    • Food pairings with select wines in a VIP Lounge

    DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKETS

    GA & VIP options available
    GENERAL ADMISSION - MEMBERS $25 / NON-MEMBERS $30 / WEEK OF $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 $45 / NON-MEMBERS $50 / WEEK OF $55
    • You must be 21+
    • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge
    • Food bites in a VIP Lounge

     

     

    WINES

    Alixir Winery
    Angels & Cowboys
    Aviary Napa Valley Vineyards
    Baci Dolci
    Ballacin Wines
    Better Wine Company
    Boutinot Wines
    Bread & Butter Wines
    Cantina Pizzalto Winery
    Castello Del Poggio Winery
    Cedar & Salmon
    Christopher Michael Wines

    Copa Di Vino
    Cream Wine Company
    Domaine Bousquet
    Emporio Wines
    Essentially Geared Winery
    Folktale Wine Group
    From the Tank
    Golden Winery
    Hand Pick Selections
    Kate Arnold Wines
    Kivelstadt Cellars

    Kreuznbacher Wines
    Le Grand Noir
    Leese Fitch Wines
    No Fine Print Wine
    Oak Ridge Winery
    Rascal Wines
    Reckless Love Winery
    Regal Wine Imports
    Santero Wines
    Simple Life Wines
    Union Wine Company

    Other Beverages

    SPIRITS

    Boozie
    Cutwater Spirits
    Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
    Post Modern Spirit Company
    Tennessee Legends Distillery
    Wild Roots Spirits

    CRAFT BEERS & CIDERS

    Blackstone Brewing Company
    Bold Rock Cider
    Crosstown Brewing Company
    Mantra Artisan Ales
    Nashville Brewing Company

    Food Trucks

    Cousins Maine Lobster
    Funk Seoul Brother
    Gypsy Crepe Company
    IL Forno
    King Tut's
    Ugly Burgers

     


     

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  • Global Tiger Day Celebration, presented by Temptations

    Jul 29th, 2019
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Sumatran tigers are the most endangered tigers in the world.  Visit Nashville Zoo on July 29 for Global Tiger Day and learn more about what the zoo is doing to help and how you can help protect these majestic big cats.  

    Presented by:

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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 2nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 9th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • August Member Night

    Aug 9th, 2019
    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.

    Other Event Benefits

    10% Member discount at ZooFari Café
    50% Member discount on event tickets for additional guests, available at the Ticket Booth starting at 5 pm
    (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.
    * $10 adult/teen, $7.50 child 2-12, $9 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) 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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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 16th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
    More Details
  • Kroger Safari Fridays

    Aug 30th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Nashville Zoo

    Kroger Plus Card holders can take advantage of a special “buy one, get one” free Zoo ticket deal on Fridays during July and August as part of the annual Kroger Safari Fridays summer promotion.

    Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive a free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value. The offer is valid only on Fridays in July (July 5, 12, 19, 26) and August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

    Restrictions:

    • Only 1 "buy one, get one" deal can be given per cardholder, per Friday. 
    • Have your Kroger Plus Card handy or proof of Kroger Plus membership ready on your phone. The Zoo CANNOT look up your Kroger number. You must have card or proof to take advantage of the deal. 
    • All Zoo admission tickets are nonrefundable.
     
     

    Are you a Kroger Plus member? Add the Zoo as your Community Rewards beneficiary!

    • Step 1: Visit the Kroger Community Rewards webpage to enroll.
    • Step 2: Sign in with your Kroger account information.
    • Step 3: Click "Enroll Now" and scroll to "Community Rewards" at the bottom of the page.
    • Step 4: Click "Enroll."
    • Step 5: Search for and select Nashville Zoo.
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  • Zoovie Night, presented by The ICEE Company

    Aug 30th, 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 24 - Ralph Breaks The Internet
    • August 30 - Smallfoot

    Zoovie Cost

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

    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 4:30 pm on the day-of the event.

     
     
     

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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Aug 31st, 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.

    Register

     
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  • Sunset Safari, presented by UBS

    Sep 19th, 2019
    6:30pm - 10:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Eats, drinks and animals galore await you at Sunset Safari, Nashville Zoo's premier annual fundraising event.

    Named one of NFocus magazine's Best Parties, wildlife meets nightlife at this unique social event, featuring food and drinks from over 50 of Nashville's best restaurants, plus live entertainment and special animal hosts.

    Get your tickets today and join us for this wild occasion on Thursday, September 19!

    *Please note that the Zoo will close at 2:00 on Sept. 19 to prepare for this event.

    Event Details

    Thursday, September 19  |  6:30 - 10:00 pm
    • Benefactors & Patrons enjoy early entry at 5:30pm.
    • Dress: Safari Chic. Wear your strolling shoes.
    • Ages 21+ only. No exceptions.
    • Event will be held rain or shine.

    Ticket Types

    Tickets on sale June 19!

    Admits two guests to the Patron Party in the VIP Lounge with unique animal experiences and special hors d'oeuvres, reserved parking and early entry at 5:30pm to the Main Event. All responses received by July 31 will be included on the invitation.

    Admits one guest to the Patron Party in the VIP lounge with unique animal experiences and special hors d'oeuvres. Includes early entry at 5:30pm to the Main Event.

    Admits one guest to enjoy unlimited food and beverage from Nashville's finest restaurants and beverage providers.

    Buy tickets

    Tickets will be available online through 9/19/19 and at the Zoo on the night of the event.

    Unable to attend? Make a tax-deductible donation to Sunset Safari.

    Event Hosts

    Presenting Benefactors

    Cathy and Jerry Johnson, Nora and Kent Kirby, Wanda and Jerry Lyle

    Event Co-Chairs

    Allison DeMarcus, Julie Dretler, Karly Hart and Jennie Garth Lowe

    Honorary Chairs
     

    Questions? Contact us.

    For more information about Sunset Safari, please contact Amanda Holler at aholler@nashvillezoo.org or 615-833-1534 x129.

     

    Food & Drink Vendors

    Sunset Safari features culinary delights from over 50 of Nashville's best restaurants and beverage purveyors. Check back in August for a full listing of vendors.

    Amerigo Italian Restaurant
    Barcelona Wine Bar
    Bavarian Bierhaus
    Ben & Jerry's Catering
    Birdie's Frozen Drinks
    Blue Moon Waterfront Grille
    BRIXX
    Cabana
    Chaatable
    Chago's Cantina
    Char Restaurant
    Chauhan Ale & Masala House
    Crave Catering
    Deacon's New South
    Donut Distillery
    Edley's Bar-B-Que
    Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill
    Fido
    Frothy Monkey
    Granite City Food and Brewery
    HoneyFire BBQ
    I Love Juice Bar
    Kayne Prime
    Kickin' Coffee & Tea
    Little Fib
    Lyra
    MAKEREADY Libations & Liberation
    The Melting Pot
    The Mockingbird
    Moto Cucina + Enoteca
    Nashville Underground
    Nashville Sweets
    Noshville Delicatessen
    Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.
    Party Fowl
    Pork Belly Farmhouse
    Rodizio Grill
    Saint Añejo
    Saint Stephen
    Saltine Fine Food & Drink
    Sambuca
    Scout's Pub
    Sinema Restaurant + Bar
    Tánsuŏ
    Tavern
    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
    Tin Roof Bar
    Union Teller
    Virago
    Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
    Whiskey Kitchen
    Wildhorse Saloon
     

    New for 2019

    Best Dish Competition

    Competition judges, including Andrew Little (Executive Chef at Josephine), Brad Schmitt (columnist for Inside Nashville, The Tennessean) and Abby Demmer (founder of The Nashville Guide), will award "best savory dish" and "best sweet dish" to their Sunset Safari favorites. Plus, YOU can vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award!

    Silent Auction

    Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes Zoo experiences

    Kendra Scott Color Bar

    Custom jewelry design with 20% of proceeds donated to Nashville Zoo

     
     
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    Supporting Sponsors
       
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