Private Events & Weddings

With its exotic gardens, majestic ocean views, and incredible animals, the Santa Barbara Zoo is the ideal setting for any occasion…offering your guests an experience they’ll never forget.

We accommodate daytime and evening events, from elegant weddings or dinner parties to relaxed company picnics. Zoo Catering Services by Rincon (ZCS) will assist you with all of your catering and rental needs and offer a variety of options to suit the style of your event. The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private, nonprofit organization. Revenues from private events support the operation and development of the Zoo, help support conservation efforts, and enrich our education programs.

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Take a virtual tour of the Zoo’s event spaces!

Evening Events

Whether you’re hosting a formal wedding or a casual barbeque, our lush gardens and Pacific Ocean views provide a wonderful backdrop for an unforgettable event. The Zoo is available for private use from 5 – 10 p.m. year-round; however, your group may enter the Zoo as early as 4 p.m. The Zoo also offers options to make any event one to remember, like a train ride or giraffe feeding exclusively for your guests.

Zoo Catering Services will assist you with all of your catering, beverage service, and rental equipment needs. From casual company BBQs to formal plated dinners, Zoo Catering Services’ menus & service styles can be customized to accommodate your event needs. Please email Team Rincon or call (805) 566-9933 for more information.

Daytime Events

The Santa Barbara Zoo is the perfect place to host a daytime company picnic or family get-together. We have several sites available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and can accommodate from 10 to 300 people. An up-close animal encounter can add a wild touch to your event. Zoo Catering Services will assist you with all of your catering and beverage service needs.

For more information, please contact Zoo Catering Services by phone (805) 566-9933, or email Team Rincon.


Make your wedding unforgettable. The Santa Barbara Zoo offers a spectacular location for a wedding. Guests will enjoy nearly 30 acres of lush gardens, majestic ocean views, and our incredible animals. We work with you every step of the way to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

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Discovery Pavilion at Night

Holiday Parties

Holiday party planning driving you wild?

Have a wild party at the Zoo! With turn-key options for holiday lunch, dinner, and cocktail parties, there’s a party package for every budget.

Package prices include facility rental fee, parking fee, decor, centerpieces, lighting, rentals, sound system, and staffing.

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