Special Events

Girl Scout Day - March 23

Scouts will get up close and personal with some of the residents at the Greenville Zoo as they explore and earn various components of badges and journeys. Activities will be set up around the zoo and participants will be able to sign up for a free educational program with live animal encounters. 

Palmetto Basics Get Out and Play Day - March 30

We will demonstrate activities that will get children learning about science and nature outside and celebrate the great outdoors!

Member Appreciation Night - April 5

Join the Greenville Zoo for a cool evening exclusively for its members! The free event features live musical entertainment, free popcorn and Pespi products (while supplies last), special zookeeper talks and enrichment activities.

Enrichment Day - April 6

As part of Enrichment Day, zoo guests receive an inside glimpse of how zoo staff use enrichment to create a challenging environment to address an animal's social, psychological and physical needs. Enrichment also enhances animal activity, provides mental stimulation and improves the success of captive breeding of endangered species. Zookeepers and education docents will be interacting with zoo guests and explaining the process of enrichment throughout the day. 

Party for the Planet - April 20

This is a very special day! The Greenville Zoo hosts conservation and civic groups offering ideas on how to make our world a better place to live. Join the fun with hands-on activities at stations throughout the zoo.

Save the Frogs and Citizen Science Day - April 27

The Greenville Zoo hosts Save the Frogs Day to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide. This annual event also celebrates Citizen Science Day, showcasing our local citizen science groups to demonstrate the opportunities and contributions of citizen scientists in our community. Don't miss the chance to isolate DNA and see what it looks like with volunteers from Clemson University Life Sciences Outreach Center! 

Zoom Through the Zoo 5K - May 11

Join us for Greenville's only 5K with a loop through the Greenville Zoo! Our race also includes a Kids Fun Run. Zoom Through the Zoo is a fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo, presented by the Greenville Zoo Foundation. Zoom Through the Zoo is a Greenville Track Club Corporate Shield event. 

Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Greenville/zoomthroughthezoo

M.O.M. - Missing Orangutan Mothers - May 11

Mother's Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate and pay tribute to orangutan mothers. Join us as we celebrate our Greenville Zoo orangutans. 

Mother's Day Special Admission - May 12


Endangered Species Day - May 17

Discover how many animals at the zoo are endangered species. We will learn why animals are becoming endangered and what we can do to help protect them.

Greenville Zoo & TreesGreenville ID Walk - May 18


Brew in the Zoo - May 31

The Greenville Zoo invites zoo-goers to tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo. The evening provides adults 21+ an opportunity to sample an assortment of beers while exploring the zoo after-hours. 

Learn more and purchase tickets

Dreamnight - June 7


World Oceans Day - June 8

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

Father's Day Special Admission - June 16


World Giraffe Day - June 21

We will be celebrating animals with the longest necks: giraffes! Visit the zoo to learn all about giraffes - from what they eat and how they survive in the wild, to the ways we care for them. 

PNC Bank Zoo Tunes – June 28

Greenville’s wildest outdoor concert series is bringing two new artists to Greenville for a night of music performed against the distinctive outdoor backdrop of the Greenville Zoo.

Hayes Carll will kick off the concert series on June 28, and St. Paul and The Broken Bones will perform on August 24. Tickets are general admission with full access to the zoo. A VIP ticket option adds access to a restricted area will complimentary beer, wine and food from Augusta Grill. All guests will receive a beer in an exclusive souvenir cup upon entry and a zoo admission ticket for future use.

GA Tickets are $49 | VIP Tickets are $99
Gates open at 6:30 pm | 21 & Older

Purchase your ticket today!

My Greenville Zoo (Giving) Day - August 1

World Lion Day - August 10

Since the dawn of man, the lion has played an integral role in our lives. To lose the lion from our world would be to lose part of our global heritage. Education staff and zookeepers will be on hand for designated talks.

PNC Bank Zoo Tunes – August 24

Greenville’s wildest outdoor concert series is bringing two new artists to Greenville for a night of music performed against the distinctive outdoor backdrop of the Greenville Zoo.

St. Paul and The Broken Bones will perform on August 24. Tickets are general admission with full access to the zoo. A VIP ticket option adds access to a restricted area will complimentary beer, wine and food from Augusta Grill. All guests will receive a beer in an exclusive souvenir cup upon entry and a zoo admission ticket for future use.

GA Tickets are $49 | VIP Tickets are $99
Gates open at 6:30 pm

Purchase your ticket today!

Sippin' Safari - September 6

The annual sampling event presented by Greenville Zoo Foundation transforms the Greenville Zoo into a pathway of wine and food tasting stations, with live music and raffles not to be missed. Sippin' Safari raises awareness and funds for various zoo programs. Purchase tickets at sippinsafari.eventbrite.com

International Vulture Awareness Day - September 7


International Red Panda Day - September 21


World Migratory Bird Day - October 12


Boo in the Zoo - October 18-20, 25-27

Greenville Zoo's annual family-friendly Halloween event for all ages features trick-or-treating and fun-filled booths including Dragon Alley and Alice's Fun House. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and come in costume.

World Anteater Day - November 29


Safari Santa - December 7

The Greenville Zoo kicks off the holiday season with Safari Santa - a free (with admission) event for all ages. Kids can take their picture with Santa and the first 100 children receive a free cookie while enjoying a day at the zoo.