Calendar of Events

Apr 27
World Penguin Day

Have an “ice” day learning about penguins’ annual migration and other fascinating facts.

May 4
Adventure Africa Phase I: Elephant Exhibit Opens

Join us for opening day activities, filled with fun as HUGE as the elephants!

May 10

Take the whole family on this after-hours, fun- and fact-filled “safari” across the Zoo, featuring dinner and ice cream bar, zookeeper visits, and a kid-friendly, sing- and dance-along party.

May 12
Mother’s Day

All moms receive FREE admission on their special day; parking & concession fees still apply. Join activities for “M.O.M” (Missing Orangutan Mothers), highlighting this captivating species.

May 13
Online registration for Snooze at the Zoo – members only

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on May 13 for Zoo Pass members before it's available to the general public. General public online registration starts at 8 a.m. on May 14.

May 18 & 19
Party for the Planet

Party like a wild animal with interactive and eco-friendly activities all focusing on conservation.

May 23
VIP Exhibit Premiere

By Invitation Only.
Be the first to see the Milwaukee County Zoo's special exhibit, Brick Dinos, sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, before it opens to the general public!

May 25 through Sep 2
Brick Dinos

($3 per person)
Meet dinosaurs from the air, sea and land, each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks. Become a paleontologist and uncover dino-sized secrets from millions of years ago.

Jun 1
Education Summer Camps begin
Jun 1 & 2
Scouting the Zoo

Join the Three Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America as they share their Scouting skills through demonstrations and activities.

Jun 4 through Jun 6
Nights in June

5-9 p.m.

Jun 16
Father’s Day

Celebrate dad’s special day at the Zoo! All dads receive free admission on their special day; parking & concession fees still apply.

Jun 22
Zoo Ball

Call Special Events to reserve your table today: 414-258-2333.

Jun 26 & Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sunset Zoofari

(6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Wild nights featuring movies, music and Zoo animals are a great way to experience the Zoo in a unique way! Reduced admission rates apply.

Jun 30
Military/Veterans Family Day

Join us for the Zoo’s salute to our armed forces! To honor and thank those who serve our country, admission and parking are free June 30 for military service members, veterans and their families. Limit: 10 tickets per family.

Jul 9, 11 & 12
Kids Nights at the Zoo

5-9 p.m.

Jul 29
Birdies & Eagles Golf Tournament
Aug 1
Online registration for Education Fall Classes
Aug 7 through Aug 10
Snooze at the Zoo

Pitch your tent and camp overnight at the Zoo at this Zoological Society fundraiser that includes dinner, kids’ activities, s’mores and breakfast.

Aug 9
World Elephant Day

Join Ruth and Brittany in their new home at Adventure Africa to learn about conservation efforts for the world’s largest mammal with fun interactive activities!

Aug 15 through Aug 18
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte at the Zoo

“Feast with the Beasts” during the Zoo’s annual a la Carte. Satisfy your cravings with food from favorite local eateries, as you let the music of local and national bands take you away!

Aug 24
Animal Safari at the Zoo
Aug 30
Senior Celebration

Celebrate good times at the Zoo! All guests 55+ enjoy a FREE day at the Zoo to create new memories and take part in engaging activities. Regular parking & concession fees apply.

Sep 3
Fall Zoo Classes begin
Sep 7 & 8
Family Farm Weekend

Enjoy family fun down on the farm showcasing our state’s rich farming history.

Sep 8
Ride on the Wild Side bike ride

Zip through the Zoo on your bicycle or pedal beyond the Zoo grounds on this bike ride with four route options.

Sep 18, 21, 25 & 28
Sep 19
You & the Zoo donor recognition dinner

6 p.m.

Sep 21
Kids Conservation Club workshop
Sep 28
Members’ Field Trip to Cranberry Festival
Oct 3
Zoo Brew

Round up your friends for this beer-tasting fundraiser featuring samples of craft beers by Wisconsin brewers, specialty foods, and opportunities to talk with beer experts.

Oct 5
Family Free Day

Enjoy special FREE days with friends and family in 2019! Parking & concession fees apply.

Oct 18 & 19
Boo at the Zoo

(6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Boo! Enjoy a ghoulish Zoo visit this Halloween season. Take a ride on the “Raven’s Rail” train and check out hundreds of carved, glowing pumpkins! (Advanced registration required.)

Oct 25 & 26
Halloween Spooktacular

October 25 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
October 26 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Not-so-spooky times await visitors at the Zoo! Kids will love the thrilling boos and costume parade in this trick-or-treat haven.

Nov 2
Family Free Day

Enjoy special FREE days with friends and family in 2019! Parking & concession fees apply.

Nov 7
Online registration for Education 2019 Spring Classes
Dec 7
Family Free Day

Enjoy special FREE days with friends and family in 2019! Parking & concession fees apply.

Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22
Breakfast & Lunch with Santa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy the holiday cheer and spend time having breakfast or lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Breakfast and lunch served both days; advanced reservations required.

Dec 7 through Dec 29
Fantastic Forest