Calendar of Events

Ode To The Owl by Alex and Ani
Jul 02 (All day)

The Zoo is honored to announce the launch of a new bangle from Alex and Ani's Charity by Design called "Ode To The Owl." This beautiful bangle, along with the Monkey bangle before it, will support our conservation and education initiatives. You can purchase the bangle at the Zoo's gift shop and in Alex and Ani retail stores. 

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Weekend Animal Encounters
Sep 01 - Sep 28

Share the unforgettable thrill of a close-up animal experience with your family! Feed a giraffe or a seal on weekends in September, plus Labor Day Monday (the 1st). Advanced online ticket purchase is now available! If the tickets don’t sell out online, they will also be available at the Zoo admissions gate on the day of your visit, but space is very limited.

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National Seat Check Saturday
Sep 20

Come to the Zoo on National Seat Check Saturday, September 20th from 11am-2pm. In our main Zoo admissions parking area, certified technicians will be checking that your car seat or booster seat is correctly installed. Parents, a correctly used booster seat and seat belt can save your child’s life. For more information, call 401-444-2208.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 02 - Nov 02

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo! You will be amazed by this breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them carved into veritable works of art. The 2014 Jack-O-Lantern Sepctacular, titled "Jack-O-Lanterns A to Z," will run October 2 - November 2, rain or shine, with admission from 6pm - 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm. Admission is extended to 11pm on Saturdays, with the trail closing at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail.

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Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights
Oct 18 - Oct 25

Looking for a family Halloween experience complete with jack-o-lanterns, flashlights, and goose bumps? Creepy crawly creatures like bats, spiders, snakes, and wolves have been the stuff of nightmares for as long as we can remember. Get the skinny from Zoo staff as they bust the myths about misunderstood animals and the very important role they play in the world. PLUS cap off the experience with express admission to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! Boo at the Zoo Family Overnights are on October 18th and 25th. Pre-registration is required.

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Spooky Zoo
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Join us for a wildly fun time this Halloween and enjoy frightfully fun activities, including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a games area, roaming costumed characters, music, and more! The activities run from 10am - 3pm. Spooky Zoo is free with Zoo admission, and kids age 12 and under who come in costume get in for half-price. 

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Conservation Wine & Cheese Lecture
Nov 06

On Thursday, November 6 at 7pm, get an inside look at one of the most feared and misunderstood species on the planet during an evening of red wine and great white sharks with Dr. Greg Skomal. The price for this age 16 and over event is $25 per person, which includes the lecture and a glass of wine for participants age 21+. Copies of Dr. Skomal's book, "The Shark Handbook: The Essential Guide to Understanding the Sharks of the World" will be available for purchase and signing. Pre-registration is required before October 29.

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Veterans Day
Nov 11 (All day)

Roger Williams Park Zoo salutes the men and women who serve our nation this Veterans Day with free admission for veterans and members of our armed forces, as well as half price admission for up to three immediate family members (spouce and children).

Identification of active or retired status must be shown to receive free admission.

Paint Night at the Zoo
Nov 12 - Feb 14

You’ve heard the hype, now be a part of it at Paint Night at the Zoo! This instructor led workshop is designed to guide artists of all skill levels step by step through creating artwork to be proudly displayed at home. For $35, we’ll provide everything you need: canvas, paints, brushes, a smock and even a glass of wine for participants 21 and older. This is a 16+ event. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Dates & Themes:
Wednesday, 11/12 Flamingos
Saturday, 2/14 Giraffes

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Coat Drive
Nov 15 - Nov 19

If you have an old coat, and aren't sure what to do with it, don't throw it away! Every year the Zoo partners with the Children’s Workshop for their annual coat drive, so bring your old coats to the Zoo from November 15th - 19th to help a family in need.

Santa's Arrival & Holiday Parade
Nov 29 (All day)

Usher in the holiday season with the Jolly Old Elf himself at Roger Williams Park Zoo! See Santa arrive in grand style in our parking lot. Then stick around for a festive holiday parade through the Zoo. Visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

Visits with Santa
Nov 29 - Dec 07

Celebrate the holiday season in wild style at the Zoo! Meet the Jolly Old Elf himself while enjoying a tasty treat and fun, holiday-themed activities for the whole family. Visits will take place on November 29th and 30th, and December 6th and 7th from 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm each day. The price, in addition to Zoo admission, is $10 for children ages 3-12, and $5 for toddlers ages 2 and under; parents attend the visit for free! Zoo visitors who would like to share their holiday cheer with children in need can bring new, unwrapped toys to place in the Cardi's Furniture Toys for Tots collection box.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31