Zoo Events

All events take place at Southwick’s Zoo unless stated otherwise. Event dates and details are subject to change without notice, so please check back frequently. Southwick’s Zoo remains open on all holidays during the zoo season (April through October).

More 2021 season events coming soon!

Note to EARTH Members: Visit EARTH Limited‘s website for this year’s EARTH Member Appreciation After-Hours.

July 2021

Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1
Christmas in July

Celebrate Christmas in July at the zoo! Visitors will be able to enjoy some holiday fun including Christmas music and themed food specials. Santa will also be here July 24th, July 25th, July 31st, and August 1st!

*Event included with admission.

August 2021

Saturday, August 7
EARTH Awareness Day

Learn about a variety of zoological and conservation topics during this educational event! Visiting exhibitors and vendors will be set up within the zoo, and our interns will be presenting their research projects. Learn about a variety of topics including beekeeping, endangered species, wetlands, birds of prey, and more.

*Event included with admission.

Sunday, August 15
Sounds of Africa

Enjoy a day of African music, drumming, and dance performed by the WOFA Dance & Drum Company!

*Event included with admission.

Fall/Winter 2021

September – January 3rd
Festival of Illumination – World of Lights

Originally planned for fall of 2020, we are thrilled to announce that our Festival of Illumination will open in September of 2021!

Our zoo will be illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and custom-built exhibits meticulously handcrafted from silk, steel, and environmentally- friendly LED lights.  We will take you on a tour that will visit the African Savannah, Amazon rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and many other fascinating regions in between. Guests will also enjoy live performances, an Asian Night Marketplace, and specialty foods.

We are honored to be working with the world’s premier lantern manufacturer, Zigong Lantern Group, to bring you this extraordinary event.

Tickets on sale now!

*Festival of Illumination requires it’s own event specific ticket. Zoo tickets, Value Passes, EARTH Memberships, etc. cannot be used for or applied to the admission of Festival of Illumination.

Learn more at www.festivalofillumination.com

Click here for the Festival of Illumination Frequently Asked Questions.


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