2016 List of upcoming Events

June & July – Wildlife Theater

To showcase our recently renovated Gertrude C. Ford Amphitheater, we bring you Wildlife Theater. This series will host animal presenters every Saturday and Sunday during the months of June and July.

Saturday shows start at 10:30am and Sunday shows begin at 1:00pm.

Follow us on Facebook for more details and updates. Shows are rain or shine. In the case of rain, presentations will be moved to the Display Hall at the Education Building.

July 18-22 – Zoo Keeper’s Week

We recognize and promote dedicated zoo and aquarium professionals year round, culminating in an annual celebration during the third week in July – National Zoo Keeper Week.

Help us show our zoo keepers how much we appreciate them by drawing a picture or sending a card to The Jackson Zoo Special Events Dept. 2918 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39209. If you would rather just drop a quick note, email Special Events Manager, Toni Francis at and she will pass it along. Thanks

Aug. 13 – Splash into School

Splash into School is our “splashy” end of summer event featuring a 18ft tropical water slide with slip-n-slide located near the Wildlife Theater, Splash Pad, Live kid’s music from Dr. Rhythm aka Buddy Fish at 11am,, face painting with Snap Happy, local businesses/organization with activity booths and enjoy shopping with Usborne Books, Paparazzi Jewelry, and Bows, Toes, and Clothes.  Regular admission includes all activities.

Sept. 3-5 – Frozen Treat Animal Enrichment Day

Visit zoo keeper chats throughout the day and see what special frozen treats our zoo keepers left for all the animals. Our annual Labor Day event.

Sept. 22 – Zoo Party Unleashed

This annual fundraiser held at Highland Village will bring awareness to the needs of the zoo. Culinary samplings from local restaurants, food pairings, craft beer, wine, cocktails, two stages with live music, dancing, live animals, and more during this adult only event! Must be 21 and up to attend. $75/person-individual tickets.

Oct. 21 & 22 – Boo at the Zoo 

The Zoo’s version of “trick or treat”, this event is open to the public for regular zoo admission to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for your children to celebrate Halloween.   Business and organizations will be solicited to come in and provide décor, activities and candy for their individual stations. Family friendly costumes are encouraged, parade of costumes will be held nightly at 6:30p at the Gertrude C. Ford Wildlife Theater and Monster Mash Dance party nightly at 7:30p.  General admission includes all activities; members $4.

Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day

Celebrate Veteran’s special day with a trip to the Zoo! Military persons receive ½ off adult admission; must present I.D.

Dec. 10 – Cookies with Santa

The zoo’s annual Christmas event. Children are invited for an afternoon to visit with Santa, decorate a sugar cookie, holiday crafts, and story time.  Animals will be given special enrichment items to celebrate the holiday, as well. Santa will be visiting from 1-3. Activities will be taking place at the Gertrude C. Ford Wildlife Theaterat the Jackson Zoo.