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500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
(805) 962-5339

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April 2018

Zoo-to-Do

April 28 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Free, this is a volunteer event. Pre-registration is required

Local residents are invited to help with Zoo improvement projects during this community volunteer day. Work takes place in the Zoo gardens and/or exhibits. Volunteers receive lunch and two Zoo guest passes. Cost: free, this is a volunteer event. Must be 12 or older for this event. Pre-registration is required: contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (805) 962­-5339, ext. 153 or volunteer@sbzoo.org.  

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Explorer Fundays: Newspaper Koalas

April 28 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! G'day! Stop by and create a koala friend out of newspaper. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Newspaper Koalas

April 29 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until April 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! G'day! Stop by and create a koala friend out of newspaper. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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May 2018

Roar & Pour Wine Festival

May 5 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests can stroll and sip. Featuring tastings from more than 20 local wineries, tasty eats available for purchase from local food trucks and Rincon Catering, music, and more! VIP tickets are available and include early entry at 4 p.m., high-end reserve tastings (wines that will not be poured at the main event), complimentary appetizers, and animal encounters. This event is not to be missed; all proceeds…

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Members’ Night

May 11 @ 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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For Santa Barbara Zoo Members and Foster Feeders Only. Join us for this annual event celebrating our loyal Members and Foster Feeders! Zoo Catering Services by Rincon serves a delicious dinner to complete this delightful evening. Reservations are required. Cost: $18/adults; $12/children 2-12. Tickets on sale March 1. Note: the Zoo will close at 3:30 p.m. for this event. SB Zoo Members admitted until 3:00 p.m., tickets sold until 2:30 p.m.

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June 2018

Zoo Brew

June 2 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Zoo Brew is so popular, it sold out in hours last year! There are tastings from 30+ breweries, plus pub food and merchandise are available for sale. VIP tickets allow early entrance and include appetizers. Check out the Zoo Brew mini site for more info. For ages 21+ only.  Cost: $65/General Admission, $105/VIP. Tickets go on sale May 1.    

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Explorer Fundays: Handprint Flamingos

June 9 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 10, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Pink is still the new pink! Create a beautiful flamingo with just your hand and some pink paint. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Handprint Flamingos

June 10 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 10, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Pink is still the new pink! Create a beautiful flamingo with just your hand and some pink paint. Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Explorer Fundays: Paper Giraffes

June 16 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 17, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Create your own giraffe out of paper. Explorer Fundays are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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IMPROVology

June 16 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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IMPROVology is a live, family-friendly mashup of science and comedy. Mix comedians with animal experts, add cool stories about fascinating critters, and everyone ends up happy as clams. It’s "Whose Line is it Anyway?" meets a "TED Talk," where world-class comedians pros go ape and monkey around, but no one gets thrown to the lions. We hope. All ages welcome. The winner is up to local celebrity judges and the audience! Food and drinks available for purchase. Doors open at…

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Explorer Fundays: Paper Giraffes

June 17 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until June 17, 2018

Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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52 Weeks of Fun! Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages. Create your own giraffe out of paper. Explorer Fundays are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store. Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Safari Sleepover

June 23 @ 6:30 PM - June 24 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 Family SafariSleepovers: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Safari Sleepover and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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July 2018

Traditional Summer Zoo Camp Begins

July 9 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Zoo Camp dates: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17 Zoo Camp introduces kids ages 3 to 8 to the wild world of animals and science. Age-appropriate themed programs include games, teacher-led workshops, behind-the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and animal-related crafts, songs and skits. Half-day, full-day, and extended day options are available. Half-day: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. $225/week, $185/week for SB Zoo Members Full-day: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $285/week, $245/week for SB Zoo Members Extended day option: additional $75/week…

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Last chance for Early Bird pricing: Zoofari Ball XXXIII: Summer of Love

July 14 @ 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, you’ll know it’s time for Zoofari Ball, the best party under the stars. Flash back to the 1960s when lava lamps were cool, baby, and good vibrations fueled the flower power. The food is gonna be far out, with delicious cuisine that will blow your mind, including signature tie-dye cocktails, fine wines, and epic cuisine from Zoo Catering Services by Rincon. Zoofari usually sells out in advance, so…

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Safari Sleepover

July 21 @ 6:30 PM - July 22 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 SafariSleepover: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Sleepover Safari and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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August 2018

DIGS

August 2 @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Throw on a gaucho hat, shine up those dancing shoes, and bring an appetite for fun. Celebracion de los Dignatarios kicks off Fiesta week with the wildest party in Santa Barbara, including the infamous “Digs” margaritas, icy cold beer, and tasty regional wines. Enjoy yummy appetizers from top local eateries, boogie to the stinging sounds of DJ Hecktik, and hobnob with VIPs… like you. Viva DIGS! For more Fiesta activity info, visit the OSD website. For guests 21+ and over only. …

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Safari Sleepover

August 18 @ 6:30 PM - August 19 @ 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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2018 SafariSleepovers: June 23, July 21, and August 18 Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Sleepover Safari and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you've spent the night at the Zoo. Cost $70/person, $60/person for SB…

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Zoofari Ball XXXIII

August 25 @ 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Join us for the biggest "fun"raiser of the year...Zoofari Ball. This event combines dinner, dancing, and supporting the animals at the  Santa Barbara Zoo.  Zoofari usually sells out in advance, so make your reservations early! For more information, call (805) 962-5339, ext. 113. Reservations open June 1. A fundraiser benefiting your Zoo and your planet. Early Closure: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.  

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October 2018

Boo at the Zoo

October 19 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo Choo Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 20 @ 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will be closed…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 21 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States

Friday, October 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. It's the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area! Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m. Areas of the Zoo will be closed…

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November 2018

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

November 22 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Cost: free with Zoo admission.  The Zoo closes early today, at 3:30 p.m.

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December 2018

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

December 2 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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Free with Zoo admission

A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Snow leopards bask in their element while Santa poses for holiday photos. Early 9 a.m. entry for SB Zoo Members only! Cost: festival is free with Zoo admission; sledding $3/child.

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Open Christmas Eve

December 24 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open Christmas Eve, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo! General Admission until 2:30 p.m.; SB Zoo Member Admission until 3:00 p.m.  Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

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Open Christmas Day

December 25 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open Christmas Day, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo! General Admission until 2:30 p.m.; SB Zoo Member Admission until 3:00 p.m.  Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

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Open New Year’s Eve

December 31 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open regular hours on New Year's Eve, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

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January 2019

Open New Year’s Day

January 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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The Zoo is open regular hours on New Year's Day, so come spend some holiday time with your animal friends at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

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