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Seal Encounters
July 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to September 1, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event Information

Enjoy a special meet and greet with our animal keepers, and feed the star of the show, harbor seal Bubba.

Dates/Times: (weather permitting and times may vary)
Now – Sept. 1............Saturdays, Sundays & Thursdays | 2:00 pm
Sept. 5 - 21.....................Saturdays & Sundays | 2:00 pm
Price: $25 per participant; $20 for current RWP Zoo members

Please note: Guests must be age 5 or older to participate, and children ages 5-11 must be accompanied by a paying adult.  The seal feeding area is not wheelchair accessible. Registration required. There will be no seal encounters on June 29 (Zoobilee) or August 24 (Brew at the Zoo).

Food Truck Friday
July 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to September 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Information

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel. Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, or hop onboard the Carousel Express train -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, Now - September 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Please note: VIP Experience available for $85 includes reserved seating for up to eight people (outdoors or indoors), and eight Carousel rides and beverage vouchers.  To purchase a VIP experience, click here>

Food Truck Friday is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from Food Trucks In, Trinity Brewhouse, Gooseneck Vineyards, and Motif Magazine.

Family Overnights (6+)
July 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to July 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and children in hands-on activities, animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. End the evening by crawling into your sleeping bag in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour.

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am


  • Members:  $100 per parent/child pair; $50 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $110 per parent/child pair; $55 per additional participant.

Dates & Themes:

  • Saturday, July 20: Wild Workplace - Working in a zoo can be WILD! Enter the world of zoo careers in a family overnight about veterinary care, research, conservation and education.  

  • Saturday, July 27: Creatures of the Night - *SOLD OUT When the sun goes down, many animals are just waking up. Learn about creatures of the night, and the adaptations that enable them to survive in a world of darkness. Even dissect an owl pellet!  

Click Here to Register NOW

Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.

Bowling for Rhinos!
July 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event Information

There are only five species of rhinoceros left in the world - join our zoo keepers for a fun night of bowling, and you can help save them!

Date: Saturday, July 27
Place: AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston RI
Time: 6:30 pm
Price: includes 3 hours of bowling, lanes, and shoe rental.

  • Advanced - $15 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)
  • At the door - $20 (Adult) $10 (Children ages 3 - 10)

Please note: Free for children 2 and under, as well as guests who are not bowling.

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) is hosting their 6th annual Bowling for Rhinos event to raise funds for rhino and habitat conservation. Not only can you expect a fun evening bowling with friends and family, but also a night that has a deeper impact on the environment. 

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
August 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (Now - August), Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).


  • Tuesday, August 6

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

RWPZoo Members Night
August 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

This exclusive, member's only, evening presented by BankRI, is fun for the whole family! Explore the Zoo after hours, discover animal encounters, live music, and FREE train rides. Enjoy discounts on the Soaring Eagle zip ride and face painting. Get up-close with the Zoo's adorable nine-banded armadillos during hands-on armadillo encounters and more! We hope you can come and look forward to sharing our appreciation with you!

Date: Thursday, August 8
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE for Zoo members

No RSVP is needed. But do plan ahead: be prepared to present your active membership card along with a photo ID at the gate to gain admittance. Only individuals covered under your membership may attend.

Please note: All activities and animal encounters are weather dependant.

Zoo Night
August 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Information

What do animals do when the sun begins to set – come find out at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Zoo Night.  Adults (21+) have the Zoo to themselves without worrying about the kids. Food concessions are open for purchase, enjoy a drink at the bars throughout the Zoo, and delight in a visit with the animals. Then dance to the music, get silly in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard with corn hole, giant Jenga and other outdoor games, and cool down in the Drip Drop Water Garden.  Enjoy the opportunity to get up close to interesting creatures and feel the exhilaration of the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride in Explore & Soar*. But wait there’s more … every thirty minutes listen for exciting raffle prizes including the tickets for a giraffe feed, the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride,  or Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular coming in October.  The grand prize -  two tickets to the Zoo’s popular event Brew at the Zoo on August 24!   


  • Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Pricing: $25 in advance, $30 day of the event.  Ticket includes one complimentary beer, wine or soft drink.  All guests must show a valid ID before entering Zoo grounds.

Please note: Zoo Nights are open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the events will be open.  There will be no refunds or rescheduling. 

*Standard activity pricing applies.

Roger Williams Park Zoo management will close the event if there is a threat of heavy rain and high winds.  If Zoo Night is canceled on August 15 the event will be re-scheduled for September 12. 

Brew at the Zoo
August 24, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Information

Tap into your wild side at Brew at the Zoo, an adults-only evening event, and sample more than 170 beers from 80+ local, regional and national brewers. Enjoy live music, animal encounters and more at Rhode Island's largest outdoor beer festival. A complete schedule of this years Brew at the Zoo events and a full map of brewers locations - coming soon!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: VIP Hour 4:00 - 5:00 pm; General Admission 5:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Designated Driver (21+).....$25.00
  • 5 PM Adult (21+).....$60.00 *$40 Early bird special (offer ends June 7)
  • 4 PM VIP Early Entry.....$75.00

Please note: Saturday, August 24, the Zoo opens at 9:00 am, last ticket will be sold at noon, and the Zoo will close at 1:00 pm for Brew at the Zoo. This is a 21+ event, and no person under the age of 21 will be permitted (this includes young children and infants in strollers). All attendees are required to show a valid ID. Rain or shine, tickets are non-refundable.