Our annual 21-and-up evening fundraiser is gearing up for it’s best year ever! Get your tickets now for the 11th edition on Friday April 6th from 6-9 pm right here at the Jackson Zoo!

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2018 EVENTS 


February 14 – Valentine’s Day

 Bring your sweetheart to the Jackson Zoo and receive 2 for 1 admission price all day. Open Daily 9am to 4pm.


April 6 – Zoo Brew

Zoo Brew serves as one of the largest annual fundraisers for the Zoo with VIP entrance kicking off at 5pm and General Admission at 6pm. Enjoy live music, food and craft beer while taking a stroll around the zoo and visiting with the diverse animal collection. Exhibits will stay open until dusk. Capital City Beverages and home brewers from around the state showcase over 100 craft beers, Tyson Foods host a Wing Eating Competition, free wings from local restaurants (while supplies last), live music from local and regional artist and more!


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April 14 – CU at the Zoo

April is Youth Saving Month and Credit Unions of Mississippi want to help kids go Wild About Savings! Last year the sponsoring Credit Unions of Mississippi treated the first 2,500 guests to a free day at the zoo. They want to continue this event in 2018 and make the day bigger and better. Interactive booths are set up throughout the zoo with games and activities for children and information on youth literacy and saving 9am to 2pm. 


April 21 – Earth Day Celebration

It’s Earth Day! Let’s celebrate wildlife and wild places and learn about going green. Fun earthy crafts and demos for kids and family. Special animal encounters and keeper talks. Organizations from around the region will share their resources about living more sustainable within our communities. Free with general admission 10am – 1pm 


May 6 – Zoo Blues

What was once an annual tradition at the zoo, this event returns with bigger and better entertainment and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Taking place in the back field of the Community Center, this event will allow guest to bring in their own lawn chairs and coolers.  This event is funded by F&S Productions and a percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit the zoo. Doors open at 2, show starts at 4pm.


May 13 – Mother’s Day 

Mother’s receive 1/2 off with paying child on Mother’s Day! Celebrate your Mom with a trip to the Jackson Zoo.


May 19 – Members Appreciation Day 

A day dedicated to honoring our Zoo members. Members can come in at their leisure and enjoy special treats throughout the day. Incentives for new members. Games, activities, and door prizes.


May 20 – 22q at the Zoo

Mark your Calendars for the second annual “22q at the Zoo”. Organized and developed by The International 22q11.2 Foundation, 22q at the Zoo is an event that gives families, friends and professionals a chance to socialize, network and raise the public profile of chromosome 22q11.2 syndromes.Volunteers spread awareness by handing out 22q fact sheets and educating anyone interested enough to stop and ask about 22q. The event kicks off in New Zealand and continues westward ending in the South Pacific having literally circled the globe.


May 28 – Memorial Day 

Military persons receive ½ off adult admission; must present I.D.


June 1 – Dream Night

Dream Night is an international event, held each year on the first Friday evening in June in partnership with St. Dominic Health Services. The Jackson Zoo hosts a private evening for children with special needs and their families. Train and carousel rides, magician, Jackson Showboats, keeper chats and animals encounters, refreshments provided by local restaurants.


June 17 – Father’s Day 

Celebrate Dad’s special day with a trip to the Zoo! Dads receive ½ off admission with a paying child.


July 4 – Red, White and Blue Day

Wear red, white & blue to the zoo on July 4th and receive $4 admission (adults & kids).


July 14 – Ice Cream Safari 

Now in its 24th year, this event features our local media celebrities showing off their personalities and scooping favorite Blue Bunny flavors for your votes. Guest will enjoy 20+ different ice creams to sample, Splash Pad, Dunking Booth, Live DJ and More! Ice Cream samples available while supplies last 10am to 1pm. 


July 15 – 21 – National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week 

During National Zoo Keeper’s Week, we recognize and celebrate our dedicated zoo professionals here at the Jackson Zoo by treating them to a free meal every day. Stop by for keeper chats throughout week to meet real zoo keepers or draw your favorite animal for them and send to the Jackson Zoo.


July 29 – Global Tiger Day

Come celebrate tigers with tiger zoo keeper chats, fun crafts, tiger enrichment and more! Free with General Admission 10a – 1pm 


September1, 2 & 3 – Frozen Treat Enrichment Weekend

Join us Labor Day weekend at the Jackson Zoo for frozen treat fun for our furry friends and Zoo guest. Plan your trip with our frozen treat schedule and stick around for scheduled Zoo Keeper chats throughout the day. All activities included with regular Zoo admission.


September 9 – Grandparents Day

Treat your Grandparents to a day at The Jackson Zoo! Grandparents receive 1/2 off admission when accompanied by grandchildren over the age of 2 years old. Visit with Zoo Keepers at scheduled Keeper chats around the zoo! Included with admission.


September 27 – Zoo Party (Adults Only)

This annual fundraiser brings awareness to the needs of the zoo. Lots of good food, great music and more during this adult only event!  Corporate sponsorship preferred. 

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October 16 – Annual Members Meeting

As required by the bylaws, this meeting is held yearly. Members come out to meet zoo director, current board members, zoo staff and elect new officers of the board. Light refreshments and beverages are provided.


October 26 & 27 – Boo at the Zoo 

Bring your family to the Jackson Zoo for a “merry not scary” Halloween event! Boo at the Zoo is open to the public for regular zoo admission to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for your children to celebrate Halloween. Businesses, organizations and Zoo volunteers will have candy stations set up throughout the Zoo for trick or treating. Animals will be out till dusk and get here early to meet a few of our creepy, crawly animal ambassadors. Have fun with the whole family at the magic show or jump the night away in the always popular bounce house. Jackson Showboats will host a basketball toss and stick around for the parade of costumes and Monster Mash Dance party!


November 11 – Veteran’s Day 

Celebrate Veteran’s special day with a trip to the Zoo! Military persons receive ½ off admission for themselves and immediate family members. Must present I.D.


November 22 – Thanksgiving Day

The Jackson Zoo says “Thank You” to our year round visitors by offering FREE admission on Thanksgiving Day.  We encourage guest to make a donation on Thanksgiving Day.


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