Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Make Music Nashville

    Jun 21st, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    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 21 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 the ICEE Company

    Jul 6th, 2019
    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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  • 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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    Tickets on sale April 3!


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

    Includes commemorative tasting glass and unlimited wine tastings.


    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


    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
    VIP - MEMBERS $45 / NON-MEMBERS $50 / WEEK OF $55
    • You must be 21+
    • Exclusive access to VIP Lounge
    • Food bites in a VIP Lounge





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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.  

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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.


    • 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!)


    May 25-26
    August 31-September 1


    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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  • 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 August 1 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

    Online ticket sales end on 9/18/19 at 11:59 PM.
    Tickets will be available for purchase 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. Check back in August for a full listing of vendors.

    Amerigo Italian Restaurant
    Ben & Jerry's Catering
    Birdie's Frozen Drinks
    Char Restaurant
    Crave Catering
    Deacon's New South
    Edley's Bar-B-Que
    Ellington's Mid Way Bar & Grill
    Frothy Monkey
    Granite City Food and Brewery
    HoneyFire BBQ
    Kickin Coffee and Tea/Sidekicks Cafe
    Little Fib
    Makeready L&L
    The Melting Pot
    Nashville Underground
    Nashville Sweets
    Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.
    Rodizio Grill
    Saltine Fine Food & Drink
    Scout's Pub
    Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
    Tin Roof Bar
    Union Teller
    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!

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