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Food Truck Friday
May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm to September 28, 2018 - 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, hop onboard the Carousel Express train, or enjoy a camel ride -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, May 4 - September 28, 2018

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

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.







Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
June 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to August 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (April - 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).

Dates: First Tuesday of every month (April-August)

  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Tuesday, July 3
  • Tuesday, August 7

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Zoobilee! Feast with the Beasts
June 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Event Information

Zoobilee! - Feast with the Beasts, presented by ALEX AND ANI, is the Zoo's largest single-night fundraiser featuring fine fare from dozens of the area's best restaurants and caterers. Enjoy fabulous entertainment including live music and dancing, and other fun surprises! This is an adults-only evening event (21+). 

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 


  • 7 PM General Admission (1 ticket).....$125.00*

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (2 tickets).....$500.00

  • 6 PM VIP Admission and recognition in Program (4 tickets).....$1,000.00

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

*Please note: Zoo Members receive a $25 discount off each ticket (limit 2 at the member rate). To receive your discount, call Erin at (401) 941-3910 ext. 453.

​For a complete list of of entertainment, special activities, and this year's restaurant list, Click Here.

Please note: Saturday, June 30, the Zoo will open at 10:00 am, last ticket will be sold at 1:30 pm, and the Zoo will close at 2:00 pm for Zoobilee, Feasts with the Beasts.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
July 3, 2018 - 9:00am to November 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.

Dates: First Tuesday of every month (June-August)

  • Tuesday, July 3
  • Tuesday, August 7
  • Tuesday, September 4
  • Tuesday, October 2
  • Tuesday, November 6

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZ members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Family Overnights (6+)
July 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to July 29, 2018 - 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 21: That Animal’s Got Talent - Reality TV stars can’t compete with the superstars of the animal world.  Dancing cranes, crooning gibbons, fashionable peacocks and beavers that build – overnight participants will be dazzled by the amazing talents of animals.  Vote for your favorite!

  • Saturday, July 28: Stayin’ Alive - Animals in the food chain do everything they can to stay alive. Over time, many have developed amazing adaptations that keep them from becoming the next item on the menu. Some have clever camouflage, some have built in armor and others even sacrifice body parts.

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.

Yoga with the Elephants
August 12, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
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A co-hosted event with Roger Williams Park Zoo and Laughing Elephant Yoga

Spend a Sunday morning on your mat adjacent to the majestic elephants at Roger Williams Park Zoo!  Reconnect with your mind and body as waterfalls create the serene backdrop with the elephants before the Zoo opens to the public. Complimentary fresh fruit cup and bottled water. Continue your journey with a leisurely stroll through the zoo, and enjoy visiting with all the animals in a beautiful setting. 

Date: Sunday, August 12
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am (8:00 am check-in)
Cost: $35 per guest; price includes Zoo admission for one adult
What to Bring:  Must provide own yoga mat and towel, water for class.


Please note: All activities are OUTSIDE.  NO REFUNDS (in the event of bad weather the class will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 19.   Yoga class is for All Levels, and guided by a professional instructor from Laughing Elephant Yoga.

Questions prior to registering? Contact Beth Pincince, Special Events & Promotions Manager, at

Paws for a Cause with RWPZoo
August 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Event Information

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Take the family out to a ball game. Tuesday, August 14, support the Roger Williams Park Zoo and enjoy a PawSox game!  For every ticket sold through our link, half of the proceeds go directly to the Zoo and help fund our educational programs, world-class animal care, and conservation efforts both locally and globally. 

Teams: PawSox vs Norfolk Tides at McCoy Stadium
Price: General Admission $10/person

Click here to secure your tickets!

Please Note: You must use the link above in order for proceeds from your purchase to go directly to the Zoo. 


Brew at the Zoo
August 25, 2018 - 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 25, 2018 
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  *$50.00 ADVANCED SPECIAL (until August 24)
  • 4 PM VIP Early Entry.....$75.00

Please note: Saturday, August 25, 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.

This event sells out every year, get your tickets TODAY!