Events at the Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo offers a variety of exciting and interactive events. Check back often as events get added throughout the year.
All events in May and June are cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

June

June 3, 10, 17, and 24: Wild Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Zoo opens at 10 a.m. and stays open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage!

June 6: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Lottery
It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some delicious craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! Listen to live music by Flannel Channel while enjoying craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, White Elm Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing and more! Plus, a variety of food will be available for purchase during the event.

June 27: Cheetah Chase
Race begins at 8 a.m.
| Presented by Allo
Welcome our new cheetah friends by running like a cheetah at this brand new family fun run. After you cross the finish line, you can explore and meet over 400 animals that live at the Zoo! Participants will receive a Cheetah Chase t-shirt, medal and admission to the Zoo for the day.

July

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Wild Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Zoo opens at 10 a.m. and stays open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage!

July 18: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Lottery
It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some delicious craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! Listen to live music by Groove Puppet while enjoying craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, White Elm Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing and more! Plus, a variety of food will be available for purchase during the event.

July 19 - 25: National Zookeeper Week
We are celebrating National Zookeeper Week! All of the Zookeepers at the Zoo spend countless hours giving our animals the best care. Next time you see one of them, be sure to tell them thanks!

August

August 5, 12, 19, 26: Wild Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Zoo opens at 10 a.m. and stays open late 'til 8 p.m. every Wednesday in June, July & August. Every Wednesday the Zoo will feature special animal demonstrations on the Animal Encounter Stage!

August 15: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Lottery
It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some delicious craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! Listen to live music by AM/FM while enjoying craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, White Elm Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing and more! Plus, a variety of food will be available for purchase during the event.

September

September 5 - 7: Labor Day Weekend
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open all weekend! Come visit all of your favorite animals and visit Laura's Butterfly Pavilion one last time before it closes for the season.

September 5: Brews at the Zoo
6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
| Presented by Nebraska Lottery
It's time for adults 21 and over to enjoy some delicious craft beers and amazing music at the Zoo! Listen to live music by Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal while enjoying craft beers from Zipline Brewery, Empyrean Ales, White Elm Brewing, Lucky Bucket Brewing and more! Plus, a variety of food will be available for purchase during the event.

September Member Extra Hours
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Lincoln Children's Zoo members get exclusive extra hours from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Plus, take advantage of great perks including free cookies from Runza for the first 1,000 members, giveaways for children and additional Animal Encounter shows! The Zoo is open to non-members 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 19: Red Panda Run
Race Begins at 8 a.m.

The Red Panda Run is a family fun run that starts at 8 a.m. and is great for any age! After you cross the finish line inside the Zoo, you can explore and meet over 400 animals that live there! Participants will receive a Red Panda Run t-shirt, medal and admission to the Zoo for the day.

  • Visitors in 2019
    Visitors in 2019

    345,915

  • CAMPERS IN 2019
    CAMPERS IN 2019

    2,140

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400