Upcoming Events

  • Zoo Run Run

    Jan 21st, 2017
    3:00pm - 5:00pm

    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.

     

    Event Schedule

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    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 20 - 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 inside the 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!

    Food & Drink

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

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

     
     

    Registration - opens December 1

    Early Bird Pricing (ends 12/31)

    Zoo Members

    Adult (ages 13+) - $30
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed

    Non-Members

    Adult (ages 13+) - $35
    Child (ages 5-12) - $15
    Children under 4 - no registration needed

    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3

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    Regular Pricing (1/1 - 1/18 11:59pm)

    Adult (ages 13+) - $40
    Child (ages 5-12) - $20
    Children under 4 - no registration needed
    Add Chrono Tracking Chip - $3


    Onsite Pricing

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

     

    Extras

    Spectator Refreshment Wristband - $10 + tax
    *may be purchased now or on race day (as available, supplies are limited); only needed if the spectator would like refreshments or snacks (spectator entry is free)
     
    Additional T-shirts - $14 + 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 $14 each.

    Additional 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.

     
     

    Sponsored By:

    The Logan Group of Raymond James
    Vitamin Shoppe
    Natalie's Orchid Island Juice
    The Escape Game


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  • Teddy Bear Clinic

    Feb 11th, 2017
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal friend to Nashville Zoo’s second annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, February 11 in the Zoo’s Croft Center. The Nashville Zoo Veterinary Department will be on call from 10:00am – 3:00pm to perform routine checkups on your child’s stuffed animal. The clinic is FREE with zoo admission. No registration is necessary.

    Other activities include Beary Fun Facts, Bear Bones X-Ray station, Bear Care Clinic where kids can dress up like a veterinarian, enjoy story time in our Cub Corner (located at the Teddy Bear Café, also in the Croft Center), Scavenge like a Bear (scavenger hunt), and more. Children will receive a certificate of “Beary Good Health.”

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  • Great Backyard Bird Count

    Feb 12th, 2017
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    Nashville Zoo will be hosting a program on Feb. 12 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 the basic skills for successful bird counting.

    Spend some time along the Zoo trails practicing bird counting using birding identification tools, learn about the Zoo’s global bird conservation projects, and listen to a presentation from Cyndi Routledge, master hummingbird bander from Southeastern Avian Research.

     Participation in the program 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 17-20. The data you collect is used to assist researchers in tracking bird migrations and getting population counts of different species. In 2016, there were over 160,000 participants that helped count nearly 6,000 species of birds. Learn more about how to join the fun.

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  • Valentine's Day Animal Enrichment

    Feb 14th, 2017
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Nashville Zoo animals are celebrating Valentine’s Day with special enrichment items on Tuesday, Feb. 14. 

    “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 mache balls, 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. 

    Animals that guests can expect to see on exhibit during this time of year will receive their enrichment when they go on exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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  • Weed Wrangle

    Mar 4th, 2017
    9:00am - Noon

    We need your help! Join Nashville Zoo for the third annual Weed Wrangle®, a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. 

    Exotic invasive species, particularly bush honey suckle and Chinese privet, have out-competed native species for over a hundred years on the Zoo’s Grassmere property. Without natural predators, this invasive vegetation has negatively impacted the ecosystem, causing a decline in native plants along with the animals that rely on them. 

    Supervised by our Zoo conservation experts in horticulture and animal management, Weed Wrangle®volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants and encourage replanting with natives in removal areas. By engaging our neighbors and challenging them to take action in their own spaces, we hope to create a movement that will have the greatest impact on the invasive plant population.

    Weed Wrangle volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

    All Weed Wrangle volunteers must sign up on our online form in advance:

    Sign up to volunteer

    *Each member of a group must sign up individually.



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  • Cub Scout Campout

    Start: Apr 1, 2017
    4:30pm
    End: Apr 2, 2017
    9:00am

    Join us at Nashville Zoo for a wild and unique Cub Scout Campout Experience!  This evening of fun, friends and learning is designed for Wolves (working towards "Digging in the Past"), Bears (working towards "Fur, Feathers and Ferns") and Webelos (working towards "Into the Wild").

    Program will include: camping overnight in your own tent on Festival Field, adventure belt loops for Wolves and Bears, adventure pins for Webelos, marshmallows, campires, and breakfast.

    Registration opens February 8 and closes on March 27. 

    COST OF PROGRAM:

    $35 per person (scout or adult)
    (includes admission to the Zoo on Sunday)

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  • Eggstravaganzoo

    Apr 15th, 2017
    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Hop into Spring at the Zoo's Eggstravaganzoo!

    Nashville Zoo’s annual spring celebration is back with egg hunts and Easter treats for children of all ages. Activities during the day include 10 scheduled egg hunts for kids, a Zoo-wide hunt for golden eggs, spring-themed games, bounce houses and face painting. Special appearances by the Easter Bunny and Zoo mascot Twiga!

    Activities take place from 9 am - 4 pm. Specific egg hunt schedules are to the right.

    New this year - Twiga’s Sweet Stroll. Wander through a candy-themed wonderland complete with costume characters, bubbles, and photo opportunities. Included in admission, donations toward conservation efforts appreciated

    Eggstravaganzoo (excluding Bunny Breakfast/Lunch) is included with your Zoo admission or membership.

    Hunt Schedule

    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

     

    Animal fun too!

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

     
     

    Event Tips

    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 during our Bunny Breakfast or Bunny Lunch. See details and pricing below.

    Read our blog post full of more tips!
     

    Bunny Breakfast

    Start your Eggstravaganzoo day off right and beat the crowds as you are able to enter the Zoo starting at 8am. Bunny Breakfast includes morning favorites, the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, and a special gift for the kids.

    On the menu

    Waffles and toppings, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, muffins, donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and water.

    Seating times

    8 am, 8:30 am, 9 am, 9:30 am
    (selected during registration)

    Register for Bunny Breakfast

    Pricing

    Member Adult - $20
    Member Child - $15
    Non-Member Adult* - $38
    Non-Member Child* - $28
    Children under age 2 - Free
    *Pricing includes Zoo admission, parking, 1 attraction ticket per person, and a souvenir for each registered child.

    Pre-registration is required.

     
     

    Bunny Lunch

    Join the Easter Bunny in the Bunny Café for a picnic lunch. Bunny Lunch includes a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and a special gift for the kids.

    On the menu

    Chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, salad, chips, fruit, cookies, brownies, soda and water.

    Seating times

    Open seating 11 am - 1 pm

     

    Register for Bunny Lunch

    Pricing

    Adults* - $20
    Children* - $15
    Children under age 2 - Free
    *Pricing includes 1 attraction ticket per person and a souvenir for each registered child. Pricing does not include Zoo admission or parking. No member discount is available.

    Pre-registration is required.

     
     

    Eggstravaganzoo Volunteers Needed!

    Sign up to volunteer at our festive spring event! We need help with the Bunny Breakfast, egg hunt, games, prize stations, bounce houses, registration and more! Volunteers must be age 18 and up. Groups are welcome but each member of the group must sign up individually themselves and indicate the group in the box provided. For more information, contact eggszoovolunteers@nashvillezoo.org.

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    Thanks to our event partners:

    Baby+Company | Publix Supermarket Charities

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  • Party for the Planet

    Apr 21st, 2017
    9:30am - 3:00pm
    Nashville Zoo

    Join the Zoo in celebrating Earth Day on April 21!

    The Zoo's second annual Party for the Planet event will include: games and activities, special keeper talks, and friends from local conservation organizations. Full event schedule to follow. 

     
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  • Week of the Young Child - Kickoff

    Apr 23rd, 2017
    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Nashville’s “Week of the Young Child” kicks off at Nashville Zoo.  Children 2 to 12 years of age will receive free admission after 2pm. Local organizations geared toward children will have booths set up throughout Entry Village with activities and information from 2pm-5pm.  

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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.

    Those planning on attending the event are able to download support tools for guests on the autism spectrum such as visual schedules, social stories, and modified Zoo maps or guests can pick them up the day of the event. 

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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! - SOLD OUT


     

    TICKET TYPES & DETAILS

    Early bird tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 3.

    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
    • Complimentary Event T-shirt
    • Free access to the Conservation Lounge
    • Food pairings with select beers & wines in a VIP Lounge (6:30-9pm)
    • Unlimited rides on carousel and Soaring Eagle zip line (while open)

    DESIGNATED DRIVER TICKET

    GA - $25 | VIP - $55
    • You must still be 21+.
    • You will not receive a tasting glass. You will receive a water and snack voucher.

     

    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 much more.
    • Door prizes include gift cards to local entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels, and much 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.

     


    2015 breweries

    • 2nd Shift
    • Angry Orchard
    • Apple Knocker Cider
    • Bell's Brewery
    • Black Abbey
    • Blackhorse
    • Blackstone
    • Blue Moon
    • Blue Pants
    • Bold Rock
    • Core Beer
    • Crazy Mountain
    • Curious Traveler
    • Czanns
    • Devil's Backbone
    • Dogfish Head
    • Duck Rabbit
    • Fat Bottom
    • Founders Brewing Co.
    • Ghost River
    • Good People Brewing Co.
    • Grayton Brewery
    • Hap & Harrys
    • Hi Wire
    • Highland Brewery
    • Jackalope Brewing Co.
    • Lagunitas
    • Leinenkugels
    • Little Harpeth Brewing
    • Mantra
    • Mayday
    • Mill Creek
    • Napa Smith
    • New Belgium
    • New Heights
    • Nola Brewing Co.
    • North Coast
    • Old Shed Brewery
    • Oskar Blues Brewery
    • Red Brick Brewing
    • Red Hare
    • Roots Cider
    • Sam Adams
    • Saw Works
    • Schlafy
    • Schmaltz
    • Sierra Nevada
    • Sixpoint
    • Southern Prohibition
    • Spiked Seltzer
    • Starr Hill Brewery
    • Straight to Ale
    • Sweetwater
    • Tailgate
    • Tin Man Brewing
    • TN Brew Works
    • Turtle Anarchy
    • Wild Heaven
    • Wiseacre
    • Yazoo
    • Yee Haw
    • Yellowhammer

    food

    • Banh Mi & Roll Factory
    • Bao Down
    • Califarmia
    • Cousins Maine Lobster
    • Crepe A Diem Food Truck
    • DegThai
    • Funk Seoul Brother
    • Hoss' Loaded Burgers
    • King Tut's Food Truck
    • Music City Brisket
    • Steaming Goat Food Truck
    • The Grilled Cheeserie
    • Yayo's OMG

     


     

    wineries

    • Domaine Bousquet
    • Don Sebastiani & Sons
    • Handpicked Selections

     


     

    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

     


     

    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: 5:30-10:30pm. Volunteers must be 21 and older. Volunteer sign-up is not yet open for the 2017 event.

     


     

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  • Avian Awareness Day

    Jun 11th, 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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    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

    Sep 1st, 2017
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Festival Field

    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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  • Zzzoofari Slumber

    Start: Sep 2, 2017
    4:00pm
    End: Sep 3, 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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