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Food Truck Friday
May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm to September 28, 2018 - 8:30pm
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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.







Textron Elephant Barn Tour
June 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
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Ever wonder how an elephant takes a bath, does her nails, or checks her weight?  Now, you can find out during the Zoo's  Textron Elephant Barn tour.

Twenty-minute tours of the barn are on a first come first served basis.  Getan up-close view of the workings of the elephant barn, and insight on the care elephants receive. There are no animal interactions on the tour, and the elephants will not be in the barn during the tours, but you may visit with the elephants after the tour in the Ivory Ella Yard. 

Talk with the animal keepers who work with the Zoo’s African elephants Alice, Ginny, and Kate at four different locations throughout the barn.  At each area, keepers will discuss various aspects of their interactions with elephants, answer visitor questions, and allow time for guests to take photos of the inside of the barn

Please note: The Textron Elephant Barn Tour is included with the price of regular Zoo admission.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
June 5, 2018 - 9:00am to August 7, 2018 - 10:00am
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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.

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

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am

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

Please note: Nature Swap will be closed during this special event. Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

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