Special Events

Roaring Good Times

The Calgary Zoo’s Annual Special events fill the social calendars of Calgarians year round. From glamorous fundraisers that support the zoo’s important conservation projects to holiday events that have become family traditions, the Calgary Zoo’s grounds provide a stunning backdrop for every occasion.

In The Heat of the Night

An adults-only candlelight dinner with your sweetheart, followed by a cheeky talk about courtship and mating in the animal kingdom.  

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Dinosaurs Alive

The life-sized, lifelike animatronic dinos from the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit left for good on October 31, 2016. Though their stay with the zoo has ended- don't fret! Prehistoric Park will re-open in the spring of 2017 to visitors, featuing the classic dinos, recent improvements, and BIG fun.

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Easter Eggstravaganza

Thank you for joining us for Easter Eggstravaganza 2016! Details for the 2017 event coming soon.

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ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival

 ILLUMINASIA, Lantern & Garden Festival Presented by Sinopec Canada ran from September 8 - October 16, 2016 and is now finished for the year. As the only event of its kind in Canada, authentic Chinese lanterns lit up the zoo and set the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary.

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ZOOLIGHTS presented by JSS Barristers came back with more holiday cheer, festive spirit, and family fun than ever. Calgary's favourite winter tradition ran from November 25, 2016 until January 8, 2017, and is now finished for the season. 

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Zoo Years Eve

Zoo Year's Eve

On December 31, 2016, there was regular ZOOLIGHTS programming without the usual fireworks or special entertainment due to current construction constraints.

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Penguin Walk

Every day, starting at 11 a.m., the king penguins will shake, waddle, and roll their way around the Calgary Zoo. We're proud that the January 2017 Penguin Walk will be our fifth year!

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The Calgary Zoo hosts early morning photography events for photographers of all skill levels. Currently on hiatus. 

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Promotional Events

Special promoted events taking place on Calgary Zoo grounds.

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