The Zoo hosts a variety of exciting special events that are entertaining for kids of all ages! Enjoy watching the animals discover paper mache eggs filled with healthy treats at Eggstravaganza, or bring the kids to the beloved Boo at the NC Zoo for a unique, daytime Halloween experience.

Apr 13

Earth Day- Party for the Planet

Join us in celebrating Mother Earth and the blue planet. Explore ways you can help your planet through water conservation, protecting green spaces and living the green life. This party for the planet features live music, crafts and more! Event activities run from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Apr 20 - Apr 21


E is for Egg, Easter and Enrichment! Celebrate Spring with our Zoo animals as they hunt for tasty treats inside colorful paper eggs made especially for them. Complete schedule will be available closer to the event date! Event activities run from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

May 11

Birds, Blooms, Bees and Butterflies

Learn more about our feathered friends, pollinators, pretty petals and more. Take home a piece of the Zoo by visiting our annual plant sale and enjoy an admission discount for Mom on Mother's Day. Event activities run from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Jun 01

AAZK Run Wild

The American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) invites you to come run for the animals at the North Carolina Zoo!  Join zookeepers, friends and family for a good cause. Proceeds go to conservation efforts both local and globally as well as zookeeper professional development!

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Jun 15

Saving Species across North America

The North Carolina Zoo is actively involved in conservation programs positively impacting many species in North and Central America. Come discover what we do in the wild and what you can do to help in your own backyard. Event activities run from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sep 21

Zoo to Do

Zoo Society's most fabulous fundraising gala of the year! This festive evening includes catered dining and refreshments, dancing, lively auctions featuring  Zoo experiences, local pottery and much more.  

Sep 28

Saving Species Across Africa

The North Carolina Zoo is a leader in conservation programs in Africa. Discover how we support endangered animals and how a visit to the Zoo helps save wildlife worldwide.

Oct 19

Celebrating Senses

Taste, touch, hear, sight and smell- what senses do you use well? Investigate how animals use their amazing senses in a challenging world. Enjoy special sensory experiences for our human guests.

Oct 26 - Oct 27

Boo at the NC Zoo

Celebrate the excitement of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun! Enjoy trick or treat games, live music and entertainment, face painting, animal encounters and a children's costume contest.