Don't know what to do this summer / fall? Check out these fantastic opportunities (and photo ops) at local zoos in California!
ATASCADERO: Ice Scream Zoofari
July 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Charles Paddock Zoo
9100 Morro Road
Atascadero, CA 93422
Annual event to support California's only zoo on the Central Coast.
BAKERSFIELD: Ice Cream Zoofari
at CALM Zoo August
24, 2019, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.
10500 Alfred Harrell Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93306
$15, $12 age 3-12 years, calmzoo.org
Admission to Ice Cream Zoofari includes entrance to the zoo, docents strolling the grounds, free rides on the Central California Children's Railroad, and ice cream.
Build your own ice cream sundae or enjoy a cone or root bear float — you choose! On the third Saturday of August, CALM annually hosts an ice cream social.
38257 E. Kings Canyon Rd.
Dunlap, CA 93621
EUREKA: Sequoia Park Zoo's Zootini August 10, 2019, 5-10 p.m.
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501-1165
Sip Signature Cocktails / Souvenir Glass, Sample Hors d'oeuvres & Enjoy Wild Animal Encounters, Course Dinner, Live & Silent Auction, Dessert & Dancing under the Stars. Get wild!
FRESNO: Fresno Chaffee Zoo's Producers Ice Cream Zoofari August 3,
2019, 5 p.m.
894 West Belmont Ave
Unlimited ice cream, sherbets, frozen yogurt and sundaes with zoo-centric names such as Rocky Toad, Mint Monkeys 'n Cream, and Cockatoo Cookie Dough while strolling through the Zoo for the latest scoop on animals. Enjoy kid-friendly entertainment!
LOS ANGELES: Brew at the Zoo
August 2, 2019, 7-11 p.m. The L.A. Zoo's Roaring Nights summer
series is back and better than ever.
Brew at the L.A. Zoo. Sample beer from local craft and microbreweries while enjoying music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and animal discovery stations.
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA
Brew at the Zoo: Sample beer from local craft and microbreweries while enjoying live music, DJs, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal. Includes 5-ounce beer samples from your choice of 50 breweries, which you can pair with pub-style grub available for purchase.
MOORPARK: Rendezvous at the Zoo October 10, 2019, 5-9 p.m.
Animals, auction, food & wine
OAKLAND: Oakland Zoo Feast for the Beasts July 27, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road
Oakland, CA 94605
$10 plus zoo admission, a special ticket to spread produce in the elephant exhibit will be given to the first 250 guests -- pre-register so you don't miss out. Please bring produce to donate to the elephants and receive a free kid's ride ticket.
Here are some of the elephants' favorite foods: Carrot, Apples, Ripe Bananas, Kiwi, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Whole Cabbage Heads, Stalks of Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple, Pomegranate and Oranges
PALM DESERT: Living Desert's La Gran Fiesta October 12, 2019
47-900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
As a way to help save the vaquita, attendees at La Gran Fiesta are invited to take part in the inaugural vaquita parade and may 'adopt' a vaquita to help support their recovery in the wild. Adopters receive an adoption certificate, book, hat, and fact sheet.
SAN DIEGO: San Diego Zoo
Food, Wine & Brew Celebration September 21, 2019
2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92112-0551
Globally-inspired food, wine, and brew tasting event with more than 160 of Southern California's best vendors, mixed with live entertainment and dancing, and set inside the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Meander through 7 zones of the Zoo with entertainment around every corner. Soar above it all on Skyfari, light up the night at the glow party, and dance like a rock star at 7 live stages throughout the Zoo.
SAN FRANCISCO: Bike Rides, Senior Strolls, Camps throughout Summer
San Francisco Zoo
Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway
San Francisco, CA 94132
SAN JOSE: Happy Hollow Park &
Zoo's Brew at the Zoo July 19, 2019, 6-9
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
748 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95112
Live music on the Crooked Meadow, a summer-only Jungle Adventure Exhibit, honey samples and more as you roam the zoo exploring 40 breweries from the Bay Area and beyond. Ticket includes unlimited beer samples, custom glass and passport. This is an official Silicon Valley Beer Week kick off event.
SAN MATEO: CuriOdyssey Gala September 28, 2019
at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club
$285 - up, curiodyssey.org
SANTA ANA: Santa Ana Zoo Zoofari August 24, 2019, 5:30-11 p.m.
1801 E. Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA
Cocktails and hosted bar, animal ambassadors, dining and dancing under the stars, live & silent auctions, entertainment and more at this Black Tie with a touch of Safari.
SANTA BARBARA: Tikifari Zoofari Ball August 24, 2019, 5:30-11 p.m.
500 Ninos Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA
Food and Drink, buffet and hosted full bars featuring top-shelf spirits. Silent Auction, Exotic delights abound at this year's Zoofari Ball silent auction at Zoofari Ball. The Replicas band performs.
SANTA ROSA: Safari West Romp with the Beasts November 16, 2019
$tickets & info, safariwest.com