Special Events

Palmetto Basics Get Out and Play Day

March 31, 2018 • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Palmetto Basics is our presenting sponsor for this year's event, created by our education staff to combat Nature Deficit Disorder and help get children outdoors. Each year, a variety of organizations that educate and encourage families to get outside join us onsite for this important event.  

Member Appreciation Night

April 6, 2018 • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Greenville Zoo for an evening exclusively for members! This free event features live music, free popcorn and Pepsi products (while supplies last), special zookeeper talks and enrichment activities. Members also receive a 20% discount in the zoo gift shop. If you're not a member, be sure to renew or purchase your membership BEFORE the event to take part in this special evening. 

*Member Appreciation Night is open to Greenville Zoo members only. Zoo guest tickets and reciprocal zoo memberships will not be accepted. Memberships will NOT be sold on the night of the event.

Enrichment Day

April 7, 2018 •10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Animal enrichment involves providing stimulating and challenging environments, objects and activities for animals and is as critical to an animal's well-being as having the right food or medical care. At the Greenville Zoo, our animals receive a lot of enrichment to keep them healthy and happy. Zookeepers and educational docents will be on hand throughout the day, interacting with zoo guests and explaining the process of enrichment. 

Party for the Planet

April 14, 2018 • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at our Party for the Planet! Vendors from across the Upstate will assist us in sharing information about conservation and educating zoo guests on ways they can help shape the future of our planet.

Save the Frogs and Citizen Science Day

April 28, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Save The Frogs Day is one of the largest amphibian education and conservation events in the world. At least 150 Save The Frogs Day events will take place in 25 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Australia. 

Designed to raise awareness about the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide, this annual event features educational activities, along with frog-inspired arts and crafts.

Zoom Through the Zoo 5K

May 12, 2018  8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us for Greenville’s only 5K through the zoo! This fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo also features a fun run for kids. Stick around afterward for great awards and a family-friendly celebration!

Missing Orangutan Mother's Day

May 12, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us on MOM Day as we pay tribute to orangutan mothers, and learn all about their plight in the wild and what you can do to help! The MOM campaign is a positive way to bring attention to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes by encouraging people to help protect them.

** Sunday, May 13, Celebrate Mother’s Day with us! Free admission all day for moms with a paying child (15 and under).

Endangered Species Day

May 18, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Presented by the education staff, this event is a great opportunity for guests to learn about endangered species and how to protect them.

Brew in the Zoo

May 25, 2018 • 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Tap into the wild at the annual Brew in the Zoo! This unique evening provides adults 21 and older an opportunity to sample an assortment of beer and food and enjoy live music, all while exploring the zoo after-hours. Event proceeds benefit programs throughout the zoo and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group

Find out more information and purchase tickets.

World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018 • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, June 8 is officially recognized by the UN as World Oceans Day. Join us as we celebrate the ocean and discuss how what we do here in the Upstate affects our oceans. 

Ice Cream Social

June 16, 2018  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cool off at the zoo with a cup of ice cream and yummy toppings! In addition to ice cream, this event features free entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone!

World Giraffe Day

June 21, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

World Giraffe Day is an initiative of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day (or night, depending on which hemisphere you live in) of the year! This worldwide celebration helps raise awareness and shed light on the challenges they face in the wild. 

My Greenville Zoo Day

August 10, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Show your pride in the Greenville Zoo by visiting us on this special day. Zoo staff will be located throughout the zoo to meet and interact with zoo guests. 

World Lion Day

August 10, 2018 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate the lion's importance to us culturally, symbolically, economically, and biologically.To lose the lion would be to lose part of our global heritage. Join us to learn more about these magnificent animals.

International Vulture Awareness Day

September 1, 2018  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The first Saturday in September is set aside to consider the ecological importance of a bird that is usually dismissed with a shudder. With some species under severe threat of extinction, International Vulture Awareness Day aims to educate a reluctant public about the critical role this creature plays in the well-being of the environment.

Sippin' Safari

September 7, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This annual sampling event presented by the Greenville Zoo Foundation transforms the zoo experience with wine and food tasting stations and live music. Each year, Sippin’ Safari raises awareness and funds for zoo programs and the Greenville Zoo Foundation. 

International Red Panda Day

September 15, 2018  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Each year, on the third Saturday of September, zoos all over the world celebrate International Red Panda Day to raise awareness about conservation of this unique species. Come learn about red pandas' habitat in the eastern Himalayas and southwest China and the challenges they face.

Boo in the Zoo

October 19 - 21 & 26 - 28, 2018  
Fridays 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Greenville's most popular family-friendly Halloween event! In addition to trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and Dragon Alley, this year's event will feature the new Alice's Fun House. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone is invited to come in costume.

Safari Santa

December 1, 2018  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Come enjoy the zoo AND have your photo taken with Santa! This event offers zoo guests the opportunity to visit with Santa and enjoy an afternoon at the zoo. The first 100 children to visit with Santa will receive a free cookie and milk. As part of the event, some of the zoo animals will have a variety of enrichment treats to enjoy.