ZOONIGHTS: May 21 & 22

Celebrate the (unofficial) start of summer at the wildest place in the city - the Calgary Zoo!

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! 

Here's what to expect during ZooNights:


  • Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021


  • Extended hours from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Please note that the zoo is open for regular zoo hours on these days as follows: Member Only Hour is 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. General Admission Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Extended hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. First timed ticket entry is at 9:00 a.m. for members or 10:00 a.m. for the public. Last time ticket entry during ZooNights is 7:00 p.m. and the zoo closes at 8:00 p.m. Entries will be staggered to ensure safe physical distancing throughout the zoo grounds. 


  • ZooNights is a regular day at zoo - with extended hours - so you can enjoy your favourite animals and the outdoor zoo grounds a little longer. While there is no extra charge for ZooNights (daily admission rates apply), you may find some special entertainment around the park during the evening and there will be adult beverages and special concessions items available for purchase. You can think of it as the 3 B's - booze, bento boxes and buskers!
  • Check out our World of "Bentos" Menu! These bento boxes will be available for purchase onsite during the evening. Limited availability, first come, first served. Debit or credit only. We will not be accepting cash on premises. We apologize for any inconvenience.


  • Adults (16+) $24.95 + GST
  • Seniors $22.95 + GST
  • Child (3-15) $14.95 + GST
  • Under 3 FREE (Timed ticket not required)

*TICKET INCLUDES: Day admission to Calgary Zoo; parking not included. 

A friendly reminder that the Calgary Zoo is currently an 'outdoor-only' experience. Our indoor animal habitats & buildings are currently closed, with the exception of Kitamba Café, retail shops and washrooms, in accordance with provincial health and safety measures. 

Member Reservations 

To get your reservation timed ticket, you MUST LOGIN into your membership account. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER WITHOUT THIS.


Once you login, please return to this page and click the button below to book your timed ticket reservations. 

Member TIMED Reservations

If you have an active OR expired membership at the zoo DO NOT create a new login, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Daily Admission

There's no better place to get outdoors and explore nature than the Calgary Zoo! 

BUY Daily admission TIMED TICKETS

General Admission online timed tickets are limited each day and must be purchased online in advance. 

  • Learn More About ZooNights


    What else do I need to know:

    • Tickets are not sold onsite and must be purchased online in advance.

    • As with regular daily admission tickets, ZooNights tickets are limited and non-refundable. 

    • This evening is family-friendly. All ages are welcome!

    • The Calgary Zoo is a safety-minded, outdoor-only, world wildlife experience. Be sure to follow the important Health & Safety information below and all on park signage! We ask all visitors to practice safe physical distancing, to wash your paws often, and to only congregate with your household. 

    • Once inside the zoo gate, you’re welcome to enjoy the zoo grounds for as long as you like! The time on your ticket controls the time you enter the zoo so that we can ensure a safe traffic flow and experience for everyone. However, once you exit the zoo, you can not re-enter the same day without a new timed ticket.

    • Masks are encouraged, but not mandatory, in outdoor spaces. Zoo staff and volunteers will be wearing masks at all times.

    • Our indoor animal habitats & buildings are currently closed, with the exception of Kitamba Café, retail shops and washrooms, in accordance with provincial health and safety measures.

    • Food and beverages (including adult beverages) can be purchased from Kitamba Café. Outdoor picnic seating is available throughout the zoo grounds. Please note that Kitamba Café offers take-out service only (ie. indoor seating is not permitted at this time.) 

    • This evening is entirely accessible. If you need to rent a wheelchair or powerchair, please visit our North Gift Shop upon arrival.

    • We will not be accepting cash on premises. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Important Health & Safety Information


    Your health and safety is important to us! The Calgary Zoo remains committed to offering a safe outdoor-only place for households to go for a walk along our beautiful 100-acre park paths. As part of our commitment to visitor, employee and animal safety first with Alberta Health Services, the zoo may feel a little different than your last visit.

    We have a number of safety precautions in place that visitors must adhere to during their visit – our helpful staff will make you aware of the rules when you arrive, and you’ll see signage throughout the park. Mask wear is recommended everywhere on park and is mandatory indoors (washrooms included). Physical distancing is EVERYONE’s responsibility. If you don’t keep your distance from other household groups, our staff will ask you to leave the zoo and no refunds will be provided.

    You are not to enter the Calgary Zoo if:

    • You are ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID -19. These include:

      • Fever

      • Cough

      • Shortness of breath

      • Runny nose

      • Sore throat

      • And/or others listed on Alberta Health Services website

    • You have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19.

    • You or someone in your household has traveled internationally in the past 14 days.

    You will be asked to follow all Alberta Health Services Guidelines on Calgary Zoo grounds:

    • Practice physical distancing: keep 3 meters between your household and others.

    • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds.

    • Face coverings are recommended for ages 2+ and are required inside Calgary Zoo buildings from August 1, in accordance with City of Calgary Bylaw 26M2020. Be sure to bring yours with you when you visit and put them on and remove them safely. Expect to require one to enter: Kitamba Café, retail shops, indoor washrooms and Lost & Found services.