A zoo within a neighborhood.

Howdy, neighbors

Woodland Park Zoo has been an urban oasis for the community since 1899. Our collection of animals, commitment to sustainability and dedication to wildlife conservation make it a very special place for families to reconnect and recharge. The zoo’s picturesque location on Phinney Ridge, along with continued support from our neighbors, truly sets us apart from other city assets. 

We value our relationship with the community and are committed to being a good neighbor. Please check back often to stay current on the zoo’s events, exhibits and projects, especially those of particular interest to the neighborhood.


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The following events are traditionally well-attended and may impact the neighborhood for a few hours. We will continue to monitor traffic and parking flows throughout the year and plan for busier days. 

Full list of events at the zoo

ZooTunes concert event dates will be announced in early spring. 

Don't forget to add our annual free neighborhood ice cream social, Hoot for the Hood, to your calendars on June 18, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

April 11, 2020

Bunny Bounce and Easter Baskets for the Animals
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hop, skip and jump to Woodland Park Zoo for the 18th annual Bunny Bounce presented by KinderCare, featuring amazing egg hunts for children ages 1–8, crafts, bunny encounters and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space may be limited. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Orangutans, lemurs, grizzlies, and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries, and other favorite treats. The special treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The safe activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and provide extraordinary experiences for zoo visitors.

April 25, 2020

Earth Day for All
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This event will highlight the zoo’s commitment to inspire conservation in everyone’s lives, regardless of ability. Conservation and community partners will be on zoo grounds to help make this event extra special. Activities include pollinator awareness, tours of the Zoo Doo yard and a full suite of animal keeper talks with enrichment. Special efforts will be made to make talks inclusive for people with a wide range of abilities and sensory needs, including American Sign Language interpretation of public programs.

June – September

BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru Concert Series
The ever-popular summer concert series is back for its 36th  year! Top artists and singer-songwriters perform outdoors in the zoo’s North Meadow with festival seating. Blankets, low-backed chairs, and picnic baskets are welcome. Proceeds from ZooTunes support the zoo’s exemplary animal care, engaging education programs, and wildlife conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Find out more about ZooTunes concerts

June 6, 2020

Living Northwest Fest
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A celebration of everything that makes the Northwest a diverse and special place to live, from animals and habitats to communities and cultures from all over the world that call the Northwest home. This event will introduce the zoo’s newly updated Living Northwest Trail exhibit, include animal keeper talks and feature “Bear Affair,” the zoo’s beloved grizzly bears demonstrating what goes wrong when food and garbage aren’t stored properly. Conservation partners from all around the Pacific Northwest will join the zoo, and community members will help celebrate the diverse Northwest region with cultural performances of music, dance, and storytelling.

July 10, 2020

Woodland Park Zoo’s 44th Annual Jungle Party
4:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Zoo closes early)

 It’s Woodland Park Zoo's 44th Annual Jungle Party! Nearly 1,000 of the Northwest's civic and philanthropic leaders come together on the zoo’s North Meadow to indulge in an evening of festivities including fun-filled bidding on several hundred exciting auction items and experiences during the silent and live auctions, a colorful reception, live entertainment, up-close animal experiences for patron guests, a lavish sit-down dinner and open bars. All funds raised at Jungle Party help the zoo raise the levels of excellence in animal care and exhibit design, support wildlife conservation locally and globally, and provide education programs for people of all ages.

Learn more about Jungle Party

July 24, 2020

Tasting Flight
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Uncork some of the Northwest’s finest boutique wines at Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight presented by Alaska Airlines after-hours, adults-only event. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions and give tips to make the most of your tasting experiences. Additional tastings, full bottles of your favorite selections and small bites will also be available for purchase at the event. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.

Tasting Flight ticket information

August 21, 2020

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Savor. Sip. Save wildlife! Experience Woodland Park Zoo after-hours while enjoying cuisine and cocktails inspired by wildlife around the globe, prepared by some of Seattle’s premier celebrity chefs and mixologists. As if that isn’t enticing enough, each ticket sold raises funds to help save wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

WildBites ticket information

September 12, 2020

Summer Safari
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The zoo will honor those who serve by inviting active, reservist and veteran U.S. military personnel and spouses to celebrate the end of summer with a zoowide safari. There will be special programming and animal keeper talks, educational activities and special animal enrichment sessions across the zoo. Conservation and community partners will be on-site providing information and activities for all guests. Additionally, special accommodations will be made for veterans and military members with disabilities. Free entry will be provided for all military members or spouses plus one guest. The zoo’s regular military discount will also apply for $4 off for up to six family members.

October 1, 2020

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The fabulous tasting event features microbrews and ciders at this adults-only evening. Held in and outside the zoo’s Rain Forest Food Pavilion and in Zoomazium, the event also features food and entertainment to “top off” the evening.  Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.

Brew at the Zoo ticket information


Aerial photo of Zoo


An aerial view of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo with the surrounding Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Green Lake is at the top of the photo. The zoo was founded in 1899 when the property, originally an estate and residential development owned by Guy Phinney, was sold to the City of Seattle by his widow.

For more information, visit our History section.