2016 Events and Activities at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Upcoming events and activities at the Santa Barbara Zoo (updated 9/21/16).

Boo at the Zoo

Friday, October 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 22, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 23, 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. Most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area.

Early Closure for all three dates: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

Improv Comedy Returns to the Santa Barbara Zoo!

Thursday, November 3 and Saturday, November 5

IMPROVology returns for two nights this November. IMPROVology (formerly "ZOOs Line is it Anyway?") 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 improvisational comedians go ape and monkey around on stage but no one gets thrown to the lions. We hope. 

Fun starts at 7:30 both nights. Purchase your tickets now.

Thursday, November 3:  My Life with Gorillas (Dr. Terry Maple)

Saturday, November 5:  Channel Island Foxes vs. Jaguars (Tim Coonan and Dr. Anthony Giordano)

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

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.

Snow Leopard Festival / Sledding at the Zoo on 12/4 10am-3pm

Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are highly endangered and the subject of celebration at this Zoo event. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains and play in the snow area. There are also snow leopard arts and crafts, and photos with Santa.

Early 9 a.m. entry for SB Zoo Members only!

Cost: festival is free with Zoo admission; additional fee for snow area access.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Zoo

The Zoo is open Christmas Eve and 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.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; general admission $17 for adults, $13 for seniors 64+, $10 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Parking $7. The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).