Special Events

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, June 8 is officially recognized by the UN as World Oceans Day. Join us as we celebrate the ocean and discuss how what we do here in the Upstate affects our oceans. 

PNC Bank Zoo Tunes Concert Series

June 15, 2018  7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

PNC Bank Zoo Tunes is a concert series hosted by the Greenville Zoo Foundation. The purpose of Zoo Tunes is to raise funds for the Greenville Zoo. 

We are proud to announce that Shovels & Rope will be playing on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 7 - 10 pm (gates open at 6:30 pm).

PNC Bank Zoo Tunes concerts are in an intimate and unique setting at the Greenville Zoo.  In addition to amazing music in this unusual venue, we’ll have beer, wine and food offerings to complete the intimate VIP experience.  Eight hundred people are expected to attend.  

Purchase your tickets today

Ice Cream Social

June 16, 2018  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cool off at the zoo with a cup of ice cream and yummy toppings! In addition to ice cream, this event features free entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone!

World Giraffe Day

June 21, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

World Giraffe Day is an initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day (or night, depending on which hemisphere you live in) of the year! This worldwide celebration helps raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. 

My Greenville Zoo Day

August 10, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Show your pride in the Greenville Zoo by visiting us on this special day. Zoo staff will be located throughout the zoo to meet and interact with zoo guests. 

World Lion Day

August 10, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate the lion's importance to us culturally, symbolically, economically, and biologically.To lose the lion would be to lose part of our global heritage. Join us to learn more about these magnificent animals.

International Vulture Awareness Day

September 1, 2018  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The first Saturday in September is set aside to consider the ecological importance of a bird that is usually dismissed with a shudder. With some species under severe threat of extinction, International Vulture Awareness Day aims to educate a reluctant public about the critical role this creature plays in the well-being of the environment.

Sippin' Safari

September 7, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This annual sampling event presented by the Greenville Zoo Foundation transforms the zoo experience with wine and food tasting stations and live music. Each year, Sippin’ Safari raises awareness and funds for zoo programs and the Greenville Zoo Foundation. 

International Red Panda Day

September 15, 2018  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Each year, on the third Saturday of September, zoos all over the world celebrate International Red Panda Day to raise awareness about conservation of this unique species. Come learn about red pandas' habitat in the eastern Himalayas and southwest China and the challenges they face.

Boo in the Zoo

October 19 - 21 & 26 - 28, 2018  
Fridays 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Greenville's most popular family-friendly Halloween event! In addition to trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and Dragon Alley, this year's event will feature the new Alice's Fun House. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone is invited to come in costume.

Safari Santa

December 1, 2018  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Come enjoy the zoo AND have your photo taken with Santa! This event offers zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to visit with Santa will receive a free cookie and milk. As part of the event, some of the zoo animals will have a variety of enrichment treats to enjoy.