Check out What's Happening on Park throughout the year!

We strive to keep our 'Events at a Glance' overview up-to-date however please be mindful that programs, events, and dates are subject to change or cancellation due to current circumstances. Please be sure to check here first to stay up-to-date on all zoo happenings!

  • January

    January 15 - March 25 - Penguin Walk

    The king penguin colony heads out on zoo grounds for a daily enrichment walk in the winter months to keep their brains and bodies healthy and visitors get to experience the fun! This incredible program allows visitors to get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo. This is a free-choice activity for the penguins and is subject to weather conditions* and animal inclination. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed seeing our kings on their daily enrichment waddle.


    January 24 – Winter Focused (Canadian Wilds)

    Catch the morning light and the Canadian Wilds animals at their finest. Shutterbugs ages 16+ will be able to capture amazing photos of Canadian animals and the zoo grounds – without any crowds. Full day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to stick around after the event ends to explore the rest of the zoo grounds! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it! Our next Focused event will take place in February. Be sure to check out the February listings below for more information.

  • February

    January 15 - March 25 - Penguin Walk

    The king penguin colony heads out on zoo grounds for a daily enrichment walk in the winter months to keep their brains and bodies healthy and visitors get to experience the fun! This incredible program allows visitors to get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo. This is a free-choice activity for the penguins and is subject to weather conditions* and animal inclination. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed seeing our kings on their daily enrichment waddle.


    February 1 - 28 - Show Your Love

    Our community has shown the Calgary Zoo some big love over the past year through financial support, encouragement and zoo visits. Now it’s our turn to spread some love and joy to the community during these challenging times. We have some fun things in store all month long including reduced daily admission rates, a member guest discount, and our incredible 'Bugs or Bouquets' fundraiser! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    February 12, 13, & 14 – Valentine's Day Curbside Takeaway - Sold out!

    All the love, none of the cooking! Let the Calgary Zoo’s award-winning culinary team prepare a romantic meal for you and your loved one to share in the comfort your own home. It's an excellent way to celebrate the ones you love while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives at the same time. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. For those who ordered, we hope you enjoyed it!


    February 16 - Summer Camp Registration Opens

    Take a walk on the 'wild' side and join us at the Calgary Zoo this summer! We have camps for kids of all ages. Registration for all 2021 summer camps opens on February 16, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. COVID safety protocols in place.


    February 21 – Winter Focused (Eurasia)

    Catch the morning light and the Eurasia animals at their finest. Shutterbugs ages 16+ will be able to capture amazing photos of our Eurasian animals and the zoo grounds – without any crowds. Full day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to stick around after the event ends to explore the rest of the zoo grounds! COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it! Our next Focused event will take place this Spring. Be sure to check out the events listings below for more information.


    February 26 & 27 - Pub Quiz Night: Animal Love (Adults Only 18+) - Sold out!

    Get your game face on! Join us for a fun-filled zoo-themed Pub Quiz Night including a pub-style dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary team, along with music and a hosted pub quiz. Make sure you’re well prepared and get ready for your victory lap! COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it! Our next Pub Quiz Night will take place in March. Be sure to check out the March listings below for more information.

  • March

    January 15 - March 25 - Penguin Walk

    The king penguin colony heads out on zoo grounds for a daily enrichment walk in the winter months to keep their brains and bodies healthy and visitors get to experience the fun! This incredible program allows visitors to get an up-close look at the group of king penguins as they explore, exercise, and waddle their way through the zoo. This is a free-choice activity for the penguins and is subject to weather conditions* and animal inclination. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed seeing our kings on their daily enrichment waddle.


    March 1 - Junior Zoo Guides Applications Open

    Volunteering can be wild! We are looking for enthusiastic, personable, and dedicated youth to help us on park engaging and inspiring guests as Junior Zoo Guides! Open to youth ages 14-17, Junior Zoo Guides help us spread the word about wildlife conservation! COVID safety protocols in place. Learn more and apply here.


    March 6 - Locked Zoo: Penguin Pursuit (Daytime edition) - Sold out!

    If you love puzzles and penguins, you won't want to miss this BRAND-NEW daytime edition of Locked Zoo. On this outdoor adventure, your household team will explore the zoo to solve an elaborate series of puzzles - all about penguins! Enjoy the zoo and special foods available for purchase. Game is designed for adults and families with teens. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    March 17 - Pub Quiz Night: St. Paddy's Day

    Do you have the ‘luck of the Irish’? We’ll soon see. Join us for a fun-filled St. Paddy’s evening including an Irish-inspired pub-style dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary team, music and a hosted pub quiz. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    March 26 - Locked Zoo: Penguin Pursuit (Adult's Only 18+) - Sold out!

    Back by popular demand, we're bringing you Adult's Only night at Locked Zoo. If you love puzzles and penguins, you won't want to miss this experience. On this outdoor adventure, your household team will explore the zoo after hours to solve an elaborate series of puzzles - all about penguins! Please note this game is similar in content to our March 6 daytime Locked Zoo but is designed for adults. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!

  • April

    April 2-5 - Easter Eggstravaganza

    Hop, walk, waddle, fly or drive down to the zoo to enjoy our annual Easter Eggstravaganza, including treats, games and learning about all the different types of eggs found in the animal kingdom. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    April 3-5 - Easter Brunch Curbside Takeaway

    Hop on down, or maybe drive, to the Calgary Zoo and let our award-winning culinary team prepare an Easter-themed brunch for you and your loved ones to share in the comfort your own home, while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives at the same time. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    April 3-5 - Easter Dinner Curbside Takeaway

    Leave the cooking to us and enjoy the day with your family. Let the Calgary Zoo’s award-winning culinary team prepare an Easter-inspired dinner for you and your loved ones to share in the comfort your own home, while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives at the same time. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    April 16 & 17 - After Hours at the Zoo: Hippos (Adults only 18+) - Experience Postponed

    Do you love hippopotamus? Join us for an inspired evening of dining and learning as you immerse yourself in conversations about hippos and conservation. Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary team, followed by talks led by members of our Animal Care, Health and Welfare Team about their work caring for our hippos, Lobi and Sparky, as well as members of our global conservation team that will speak to the Calgary Zoo’s community conservation work at the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in Ghana. Important update: this experience has been postponed in light of the new provincial health and safety protocols announced on Tuesday, April 6. If you have purchased tickets, you will automatically receive a refund on the card you purchased your tickets with. No action is needed from you. Depending on your card provider, the refund may take up to 14 business days to show up on your account. We take the responsibility of our guest's safety very seriously and appreciate your understanding and support.


    April 22 - QUEST for the Golden Giraffe (Adults Only 18+)

    Prepare to explore like never before! QUEST is a NEW game series that puts you inside a story — where you choose what happens next! On this outdoor adventure, each choice you make sends you & your team in a new direction through select areas of the zoo as you try to find your way to the finish. Game is designed for adults. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!

  • May

    May 5 - Locked Zoo: Fab Forests (Adults Only 18+)

    Join us for Calgary’s ONLY escape experience with a twist – we’re doing this one with a salute to Cinco de Mayo! This fun-filled event will challenge you to find clues throughout the zoo to save species. Solve the puzzles. Enjoy the zoo. Mexican themed dinner boxes and adult beverages (including margaritas!) are available for purchase so be sure to pre-order a delicious dinner box and grab a margarita to sip while you play! COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    May 9 - Mother's Day Brunch Curbside Takeaway

    Pamper the Mother in your life by letting the Calgary Zoo’s award-winning culinary team prepare a brunch fit for a Queen to share in the comfort your own home. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    May 9 - Mother's Day Dinner Curbside Takeaway

    Pamper the Mother in your life by letting the Calgary Zoo’s award-winning culinary team prepare a dinner “fit for a Queen” to share in the comfort your own home. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    May 15 – Focused: Zoo Island (16+)

    Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have exclusive access to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from lions to tigers and everything in between! Full day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to stick around after the event ends to explore the rest of the zoo grounds! COVID safety protocols in place. Tickets are limited to ensure safe physical distancing throughout your experience so don't delay - get your tickets today! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    May 21 & 22 - ZOONIGHTS (Family-friendly)

    Bring on the May Long at ZOONIGHTS! New this year, we're keeping the zoo open late over the May Long weekend so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the beautiful Calgary Zoo grounds a little longer. Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget, you'll be directly supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives through your admission so it's a win-win! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!

  • June

    June 1 - September 1 - Canadian Wildlife Photo Contest

    We want to see your best photos of iconic Canadian wildlife! From the whooping crane to the northern leopard frog, symbols of Canadian wildlife are being protected across the country thanks, in part, to our members, donors, visitors, and online community. So we'd like to take the opportunity to give back. Submit your best Canadian wildlife photos for a chance to be featured on our website and social media channels. Did we mention there’s prizes? Read the full contest rules and details here.


    June 10 - Locked Zoo Rerun: Finders Keepers (Adults Only 18+)

    Did you miss out on Locked Zoo: Finders Keepers last September? Now's your chance to see if you have what it takes to be a zookeeper! This fun-filled event will challenge you to find clues throughout the zoo to save species. Solve the puzzles. Enjoy the zoo. Delicious dinner boxes are available for pre-order and adult beverages are available for purchase onsite! COVID safety protocols in place. Please note that this is a repeat of Locked Zoo: Finders Keepers which took place in September 2020. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    June 17 - Dino-Nite! (Family-friendly)

    Scales, tails, and big mouths galore! Join us on 'DINO-NITE" for your chance to explore! If you have a junior paleontologist or a DINOSAUR fanatic in your house – you will not want to miss out on this safe, family-friendly experience at the zoo. Enjoy the new animatronic dinosaur exhibit and a DINO-themed evening at the zoo! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    June 19 & 20 - Father's Day Brunch Curbside Takeaway

    Treat your dad to a Father's Day brunch he will love! New this year, we're serving up a chef-created menu of delicious sweet and savory brunch favourites that are sure to make dad feel extra special. All you need to do is heat and serve. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    June 19 & 20 - Father's Day Dinner Curbside Takeaway

    Treat the father figure in your life to a delicious Father's Day dinner by the Calgary Zoo! Whether you plan to get dressed in your Sunday best or gather around the family dinner table in your coziest attire, all you need to do is serve, sit and enjoy. COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    June 19 & 20 - BBQ Grill Packs

    It's officially grilling season! Fire up your grill and get ready for delicious backyard barbie. New this year, we're serving up a chef-created menu of hot, hot, hot summer BBQ grill packs that will make your backyard bbq the envy of the neighborhood! COVID safety protocols in place. This offering has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    June 25 - Zoo Brew (Adults Only 18+) - Sold Out!

    Cheers to a hoppy night at the zoo! The Calgary Zoo has teamed up with BeerGuysYYC for an evening full of local craft beer, local food, fun activities and best of all … no kids! Wander the zoo with a drink in hand at this twilight event and watch as the zoo transforms into a peaceful evening escape – perfect for a night out with friends, or a romantic date night. This is an 18+ event. COVID safety protocols in place. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!

  • July

    June 1 - September 1 - Canadian Wildlife Photo Contest

    We want to see your best photos of iconic Canadian wildlife! From the whooping crane to the northern leopard frog, symbols of Canadian wildlife are being protected across the country thanks, in part, to our members, donors, visitors, and online community. So we'd like to take the opportunity to give back. Submit your best Canadian wildlife photos for a chance to be featured on our website and social media channels. Did we mention there’s prizes? Read the full contest rules and details here.


    July 2 & 3 - ZOONIGHTS (Family-friendly)

    Keep the Canada Day celebrations rolling with a visit to the wildest place in the city - the Calgary Zoo! ZooNights is back and better than ever - we're talking booze*, bento boxes and buskers! We're keeping the zoo open late so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the beautiful Calgary Zoo grounds a little longer. Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget, you'll be directly supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives through your admission so it's a win-win! *Must be legal drinking age - everyone will be ID'd. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it! Watch for upcoming ZooNights evenings coming up on July 30 & 31 and September 3 & 4!


    July 7 - Locked Zoo: Cryptic Cats (Adults Only 18+)

    If you love Locked Zoo, you'll love this BRAND-NEW game - Locked Zoo: Cryptic Cats! This fun-filled event will challenge you to find clues throughout the zoo to save species. Solve the puzzles. Enjoy the zoo. Delicious dinner boxes are available for pre-order and adult beverages are available for purchase onsite! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it!


    July 13 - Focused

    Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the ZOO ISLAND from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from lions to tigers and everything in between!  Photographers of all skill levels are welcome! Capture amazing photographs of the animals and the zoo grounds - without all the crowds! Day admission is included with your ticket, so be sure to come early to explore the rest of the zoo. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it! Our next FOCUSED event will take place in August.


    July 23 - Corks for Conservation (Adults Only 18+) - Event Cancelled

    Corks for Conservation...wine not? The Calgary Zoo has teamed up with Willowpark Wine and Spirits for an evening full of wine tasting, food pairings, classical music, activities and best of all … no kids! Wander the zoo with a glass in hand at this twilight event while the zoo transforms into a peaceful evening escape – perfect for a night out with friends, or a romantic date night. This is an 18+ event. Important Update: This experience has been cancelled due to the loss of our event partner. Calgary Zoo will be contacting everyone who has already purchased tickets. If you have purchased tickets, you will automatically receive a refund on the card you purchased your tickets with. No action is needed from you. Depending on your card provider, the refund may take up to 14 business days to show up on your account. 


    July 30 & 31 - ZOONIGHTS (Family-friendly)

    We're keeping the zoo open late throughout the summer so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the beautiful Calgary Zoo grounds a little longer. Be sure to pre-order a delicious Bento box and grab a cold adult bevy while you're here! Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget, you'll be directly supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives through your admission so it's a win-win! *Must be legal drinking age - everyone will be ID'd. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it. 

  • August

    August 13 – Ocean Wise Seafood Boil (Family-friendly) - Sold out!

    Calling all seafood lovers! We’re bringing a bit of the east coast to our doorstep with a good ole east coast seafood boil at the Calgary Zoo. With a laid-back atmosphere, good food, good music, and good company, we have all the makings of our very own ‘kitchen party’ - without the kitchen of course! Dining on sustainable seafood never sounded so good! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it. 


    August 17 – Focused: Canadian Wilds (16+)

    Shutterbugs (ages 16+) will have EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the CANADIAN WILDS from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to capture stunning photography of iconic wildlife - from cougars to caribou and everything in between!  Photographers of all skill levels are welcome! Capture amazing photographs of the animals and the zoo grounds - without all the crowds! Day admission (starting at 1:00 p.m.) is included with your ticket, so be sure to come early to explore the rest of the zoo. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    August 27 – Wild about Art (Adults only 18+) 

    A NEW zoo event to experience nature and wildlife art in its many forms. This night you can wander the zoo with a drink in hand, eating small bites as you enjoy meeting artists stationed around the zoo.  Art forms may include sketching, paintings, photography, sculpting, woodworking, performance and musical arts. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it

  • September

    September 3 & 4 - ZOONIGHTS (Family-friendly) 

    We're keeping the zoo open late throughout the summer so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the beautiful Calgary Zoo grounds a little longer. Be sure to pre-order a delicious Bento box and grab a cold adult bevy while you're here! Whether you make it a date night or you bring the whole family, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget, you'll be directly supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives through your admission so it's a win-win! *Must be legal drinking age - everyone will be ID'd. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    September 11 – ZooLaLa (Adults only 18+) - Event Cancelled (Online Auction & 50/50 Raffle will continue!)

    We’re sad to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel ZooLaLa on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Unfortunately the public health environment deeply impacts the intimate behind-the-scenes experience we had planned and our team has decided it’s best to cancel and reschedule at a later date. If you have already purchased tickets for the event, they will be automatically refunded to your credit card. Here's the good news - the Online Auction & 50/50 Raffle will continue! Avoid disappointment, get your bids on your zoonique items today! The Online Auction & 50/50 Raffle have concluded. Thank you for supporting wildlife conservation.


    September 17 - Locked Zoo: Wild & Free (Adults Only 18+)

    The last Locked Zoo of the year is here! Are you ready to release some animals into the wild? This BRAND-NEW game will have you helping to re-introduce endangered and threatened species back into their habitats. Locked Zoo: Wild & Free is a 2-hour, zoo-wide escape game that challenges you to explore the zoo after hours, solve an elaborate series of puzzles, and learn about wildlife conservation. Delicious dinner boxes are available for pre-order and adult beverages are available for purchase onsite!  This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    September 19 - November 21 – Safari Sunday Brunch

    Brunch lovers rejoice! Safari Sunday Brunch is back! Join us each Sunday - from September 19 through to November 21 - for a unique Calgary brunch experience. Brunch is held in the heart of Destination Africa. You can enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and much, much more! 


    September 23 – Family-Nite!

    Bring your family down to meet our family! Animal families come in all shapes and sizes. Join us for Family-Nite and spend the evening visiting the many hairy, scaly, fluffy and prickly families that call the Calgary Zoo home. This family themed night will have animal talks, biofacts, games, entertainment and of course the animatronic dinosaurs will stay up late to see you too. This event has been cancelled. 

  • October

    October 2 – After Hours at the Zoo: Bears (Adults only 18+) 

    Join us for an evening of dining and discovery as you immerse yourself in conversations about bears of all types. Start the evening with a visit to the bear habitats located in the beautiful Canadian Wilds. Next, head to the Safari Lodge to enjoy a three-course “Canadian” and “bear” themed dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary team. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    October 3 - November 21 – Safari Sunday Brunch

    Join us each Sunday - from October 3 through to November 21 - for a unique Calgary brunch experience. Brunch is held in the heart of Destination Africa. You can enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and much, much more! 


    October 10-11 Fall Harvest Dinner (Dine-in) & Fall Harvest Dinner (Takeaway)

    Celebrate everything you're grateful for this season at the Calgary Zoo! Spend the afternoon exploring the zoo with your friends and family, followed by an amazing four-course turkey dinner at our Fall Harvest Dinner. The best part? You'll spend the day with family and friends, instead of in the kitchen!

    Prefer dinner at home? We've got you covered! Bring home our chef created Fall Harvest Dinner with our  curb-side pick up options. Enjoy an amazing four-course turkey dinner in the comfort of your home without the hassle in the kitchen! This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    October 22 – ZooDunnit (Adults only 18+)

    Brand new event! It’s Locked Zoo meets murder mystery meets progressive dinner. A famous zoologist has been murdered at a zoo fundraiser and we need YOU to crack the case! While your team of detectives enjoys food & drinks at three different venues inside the zoo, you'll have a chance to interact with a cast of shady characters to gather clues. By the end of the night, you'll know everything you need to solve the mystery. Dinner — and justice — will be served! This zoo wide, indoor/outdoor event will keep you on your toes. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it. 


    October 29 – October 31 – ZooBoo

    Included with your admission – join us for our annual Halloween event for all ages. There will be treats for children 12 and under AND for our animal residents. The zoo’s Animal Care, Health and Welfare team go all out to share the harvest with your favorite animals. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    October 30 – October 31 – Halloween Brunch

    Join us for a spOOky (not scary!) brunch experience in the heart of Destination Africa before heading out to enjoy the zoo (and ZooBOO!). Our Specialty Brunch Menu features spoOoOoky food, including Halloween themed breakfast and desserts! It's an excellent way to celebrate the spOOky season while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.

  • November

    November 7 - November 21 – Safari Sunday Brunch

    Join us each Sunday - from November 7 through to November 21 - for a unique Calgary brunch experience. Brunch is held in the heart of Destination Africa. You can enjoy both gourmet and comfort breakfast foods, including a free-flowing chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, a Belgian waffle bar, cooked to order omelettes, and much, much more! 


    November 16 – ZOOLIGHTS: Enchanted Evening (18+) 

    A romantic and unique enchanted evening under the lights of the Calgary Zoo. Bring your sweetheart for a magical four course dinner in the ENMAX Conservatory gardens enveloped in holiday sparkle. Guests of this brand new experience will be able to enjoy a sneak-peek of the lights before ZOOLIGHTS opens to the public. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    November 19 – January 2, 2022 – ZOOLIGHTS 

    ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for its 25th year! Calgary's award winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for six weeks of festive family-friendly fun. We're brightening your ZOOLIGHTS experience with bigger, brighter, and more magical themes to make this year even more memorable! This year's ZOOLIGHTS will feature exciting new activities including the 25th Anniversary Memory Lane, an all new “Tunnel of Light”, a tribute to Canada’s wetland, a holiday Zoo Market and a very special “Dinos at Night” experience like you have never seen before! Of course, we're bringing back all the classic activities everyone has come to love like the Skating Rink, Firepits, and Rival Axe Throwing. Learn more and get tickets here.


    November 23 – ZOOLIGHTS: Adults Night Out (18+)

    Leave the kiddos at home and enjoy a special ZOOLIGHTS evening for adults (18+) only! Enjoy all of the magic of ZOOLIGHTS plus adult beverages, hot food samplings, and additional activities. It's a fun and festive way to make your spirits brighter - with an adult beverage in hand - while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives. This event has concluded. We hope you enjoyed it.


    November 27 – A Beary Merry Holiday Party (18+) - Event Cancelled

    Eat, drink, and be 'Beary Merry' at the Calgary Zoo! Designed for small groups, this holiday party is the perfect way for you and your small business team, clients, group of friends or family to toast the season in a fun, festive, and zoo-nique way. Enjoy delicious food, live music, a festive atmosphere, and great conversation with colleagues and friends then head outside for an evening stroll and take in all of the magical sights that ZOOLIGHTS has to offer. Important update: this experience has been cancelled on November 27 but will still take place on December 16, 2021. If you have purchased tickets, our team will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your options. We appreciate your understanding.

  • December

    November 19 – January 2, 2022 – ZOOLIGHTS

    ZOOLIGHTS, presented by Olympia Trust Company, is back for its 25th year! Calgary's award winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for six weeks of festive family-friendly fun. We're brightening your ZOOLIGHTS experience with bigger, brighter, and more magical themes to make this year even more memorable! This year's ZOOLIGHTS will feature exciting new activities including the 25th Anniversary Memory Lane, an all new “Tunnel of Light”, a tribute to Canada’s wetland, a holiday Zoo Market and a very special “Dinos at Night” experience like you have never seen before! Of course, we're bringing back all the classic activities everyone has come to love like the Skating Rink, Firepits, and Rival Axe Throwing. Learn more and get tickets here.


    December 16 – A Beary Merry Holiday Party (18+)

    Eat, drink, and be 'Beary Merry' at the Calgary Zoo! Designed for small groups, this holiday party is the perfect way for you and your small business team, clients, group of friends or family to toast the season in a fun, festive, and zoo-nique way. Enjoy delicious food, live music, a festive atmosphere, and great conversation with colleagues and friends then head outside for an evening stroll and take in all of the magical sights that ZOOLIGHTS has to offer. Learn more and get tickets here.


    December 24-26 - Festive Feast Curbside Takeaway

    Our Festive Feast Curbside Takeaway is back! Leave the cooking to us so you can spend the holidays with friends and family - instead of in the kitchen! Let our award-winning culinary team prepare a chef-created holiday dinner, with all the trimmings, for you and your loved ones to enjoy in the comfort your own home, while supporting the zoo's wildlife conservation initiatives at the same time. Learn more and place order here.


    December 31 – Zoo Years Eve (Family-friendly) 

    Join us for Zoo Years Eve! You'll be able to enjoy all the fun of ZOOLIGHTS with extra special entertainment including numerous countdowns - so your little ones don't have to stay up too late to partake in the fun! It's a festive way to help you and your loved one’s ring in the new year in a safe (and zoonique way!) while supporting the Calgary Zoo’s wildlife conservation initiatives. Learn more and get tickets here!


    December 31 – Zoo Years Eve (Adults only 18+ Late Night) 

    For the first time, we are keeping the lights on till midnight to celebrate the New Year. This adult only late night event will include the beauty of ZOOLIGHTS  and an extra special light show on the Zoo Bridge repeating all night long. Cheer on the countdown and spend the evening with the special people in your life. Tickets on sale soon. Stay tuned!