July at SF Zoo!

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Major events every weekend in July, plus bonus activities throughout the summer


Red, White & Zoo!
July 4, 5, and 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This July 4th weekend, show your patriotism and your commitment to conservation by celebrating the Zoo’s red, white, and blue animals. See special animal feedings and hear Keeper Talks about our adorable red pandas, white pelicans, polar bears, and blue-tongued skink. Get your face painted like your favorite one! Also, don’t miss live animal shows all weekend at the Wells Fargo Wildlife Theatre and musical performances by kids’ folk band Hanna Banana at the new Elinor Friend Playground. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

Teddy Bear Festival
July 12 and 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pete the Polar Bear and Baxter the Brown Bear will be on hand to greet children of all ages for a weekend of live music by the Raytones, take-home crafts, and a special photo opp with the whole family of Berenstein Bears. Plus, visitors can see a special animal enrichment activity at Grizzly Gulch: Grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona will be searching for food in a simulated campsite. This fun learning opportunity gives us the chance to talk about camping safety and the importance of respecting wildlife during summer travels. What’s more: Kids who bring their own teddy bear to the Zoo to get checked out at the Teddy Bear Clinic receive $2 off the price of admission. Join us for this weekend filled with fun and adventure. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

Wolverine Weekend
July 19 and 20

Come make the acquaintance of our newest Zoo residents—a seven-year old male and a 13-year old female—and learn about the conservation challenges this amazing species faces in the wild. Schedule of Keeper Talks and Wolverine Enrichment Sessions TBA.

Baby Loves Disco
July 26 and 27
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Back by popular demand, this raucous and ridiculous dance party is guaranteed to give kids of all ages a serious case of boogie fever. Translation: Everyone will sleep through the night and then some. Come on by to get down at the Playfield Lawn, have your face painted, and build a cute conservation craft before you set out to visit your favorite animals. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission.

March of the Penguins
July 26
9:00 – 10:00 am; early entry for Members at 8:45

Don’t miss this popular annual event–now open to the public! Watch our five adorable adolescent Magellanic penguins waddle through the Zoo to their new home on Penguin Island. This event celebrates the penguin chicks’ graduation from Fish School (where they lose their fluffy down, learn to eat whole fish, swim, and hang out with their human keepers) and their reunion with the rest of the penguin colony. Help them make their public debut in red-carpet style!

Washed Ashore
On exhibit in the Pachyderm Building through September 23

Open daily, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This unusual art exhibition of giant sea life sculptures made from ocean garbage is a project of The Artula Institute for Arts & Environmental Education, Washed Ashore is a collection of spectacular, giant sea life sculptures made with debris that has “washed ashore.” This project creates awareness about marine trash and plastic pollution and gives new meaning to the common man-made items we toss in the garbage every day.

Every Day at the Zoo

Our youth volunteer programs, Nature Trail and Talk on the Wild Side, make the Zoo the coolest place to be every day this summer. Our youngest educators and our Docent Volunteers are stationed throughout the Zoo armed and ready with their fun facts and teaching tools. The Zoo’s summer schedule is also packed with Keeper Talks and Animal Enrichment every hour of the day. See you at the Zoo!

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