From a casual picnic or company BBQ to an over-the-top reunion or an elegant wedding, the Phoenix Zoo’s nearly 20 venues offer unique and beautiful backdrops for any event.

  • Social Events
  • Corporate Events
  • Fundraising Events
  • ZooLights Events

Whatever the occasion, our beautiful outdoor or indoor venues will make your next event one to remember. We have locations that can accommodate large or small groups in a beautiful one-of- a-kind setting no matter what you are planning.

  • Anniversaries
  • Baby showers
  • Bar or bat mitzvahs
  • Birthday Celebrations for both kids and adults
  • Formals
  • Proms
  • Quinceñeras
  • Retirement parties
  • Weddings

We are a conveniently centralized location with easy access from Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe.

Other great features include:

  • Free parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Courteous & professional event staff on site
  • Catering list consisting of 8 of the valley’s top catering companies
  • Bar service

It’s a Jungle out there! Let us help you with your next corporate event. Whether it’s a tame business meeting or a wild company picnic the Phoenix Zoo has a unique venue for you. With several indoor or outdoor venues to choose from we have your event needs covered.

  • Business meetings
  • Conferences
  • Team Buildings
  • Product launches
  • Company picnics
  • Awards galas
  • Appreciation events
  • Tradeshows
  • Staff retreats
  • Holiday events

We are a conveniently centralized location with easy access from Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe.

Other great features include:

  • Free parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Courteous & professional event staff on site
  • Catering list consisting of 8 of the valley’s top catering companies
  • Bar service

The Phoenix Zoo allows non-profit groups to host fundraising events on zoo grounds.  From formal galas to laid back outdoor family focused events the zoo makes a unique backdrop to excite & delight your donors. Get them out of their usual surroundings and into the zoo. With exotic animals & lush landscaping in the back ground the Phoenix Zoo will leave your guests with a lasting impression & something to talk about after they go.

We are a conveniently centralized location with easy access from Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe.

Other great features include:

  • Free parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Courteous & professional event staff on site
  • Catering list consisting of 8 of the valley’s top catering companies
  • Bar service

Non-Profit organizations do receive a 25% discount on venue rental fees. Call today to see how we can make your next fundraising event a wild success!

Join us for an exciting holiday season featuring ZooLights, the Valley’s brightest holiday tradition – Powered By EARTHWISE™ ENERGY.

ZooLights shines with 3.6 million lights and more than 700 glimmering light displays.

Available ZooLights Preview Only!

Friday, November 8th through Saturday, November 23rd. Be the first to experience the excitement of ZooLights before we open to the public!

The following sites are available ZooLights Preview only:

Yakulla Caverns
A lakeside picnic location in the center of ZooLights excitement!
Accommodates: 120 seated, 250+ reception style
Includes: • Permanent picnic style seating for up to 120 guests*
• 4 heaters & lighting package**

Zebra Overlook
On the east side of the Zoo’s main lake just across from the Grevy Zebra, this newly renovated patio area is perfect for your holiday celebration.
Accommodates: 90 seated, 100+ reception style
Includes: • Picnic seating for 18*
• 2 heaters & lighting package**

Available ZooLights Preview through the ZooLights Season

(November 8, 2013 – January 12, 2014)

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Pavilion
At C.W. and Modene Neely Education & Event Center

A versatile indoor facility and spacious attached terrace with a breathtaking view of ZooLights.
Accommodates: 240 seated, 500+ reception style
Includes: • Round table seating for 240*
• 2 heaters**

Stone House Pavilion
This upscale banquet facility gives you the best of both indoor and outdoor; a private site during the excitement of ZooLights!
Accommodates: 300 seated, 500+ reception style
Includes: • Round table seating for 300*
• 2 patio heaters**
• Podium and microphone
• In-house sound system

Orang-Hutan
Celebrate in the Zoo’s newest exhibit. This indoor /outdoor venue is right along the ZooLights path with a climate controlled space for guests. (Animals will not be on exhibit.)
Accommodates:
90 seated, 100+ reception style
Includes: • Round Table Seating for 90 guests*

Lakeside
This lakeside event site is great for large groups, with a front row seat for ZooLights!
Accommodates: 1,000 seated, 5,000+ reception style
Includes: • Picnic style seating for 300*
• 4 heaters & lighting package**

Plaza de los Niños
An enchanting outdoor site offering flexibility and privacy while overlooking the Children’s Trail Lake.
Accommodates: 400 seated, 1,000+ reception style
Includes: • Picnic style seating for up to 160*
• 4 heaters & lighting package**

Desert Tent
This Bedouin style campsite is set away from the hustle and bustle of ZooLights.
Accommodates: 120 seated, 300+ reception style
Includes: • Round table seating for 120 guests*
• 2 heaters & lighting package**
• Central, natural gas, campfire

Desert Grove
Surround your guests with the excitement of ZooLights in this private venue on the Arizona Trail.
Accommodates: 100 seated, 150+ reception style
Includes: • Round table seating for 100 guests*
• 2 heaters & lighting package**

Ruby’s House
This elegant and very private outside venue is perfect for an intimate evening during ZooLights that won’t soon be forgotten!
Accommodates: 60 seated, 100+ reception style
Includes: • Round table seating for 60 guests*
• 2 heaters & lighting package**

Podd Ramada
Perfect for smaller gatherings, this private, charming wood ramada is right
on the Main Lake with a panoramic view of ZooLights.
Accommodates: 60 seated, 100+ reception style
Includes: • Picnic seating for 36*
• 2 heaters & lighting package**

 *Specialty seating requires additional rentals.
**Larger groups may require additional heaters & lighting.
+All events require an $8.00 per person admission charge as well as venue rental

Dates fill quickly so book your venue now and create an evening your guests will always remember!

Event Enhancement Activities & Experiences

Add one or more of the exciting experiences to your event here at the Phoenix Zoo! (additional fees apply)

Animal Encounters
• Mix & Mingle with some of our animal residence! One of our trained instructors will bring a few of our smaller education animals to your event venue to meet your guests up close.

Endangered Species Carousel
• Take a ride on your favorite zoo animals on our endangered species carousel. Add to a daytime picnic or as a special treat to your evening event guests.

Safari Train Tours
• Available daytime or evening, a narrated train tour will take your guests around the zoo & teach them about the many animals that call this park home and a bit of our 50 years of history.

Stingray Bay
• Are your guests brave enough to touch a ray? Stingray Bay access can be added to daytime or evening events to your guests can get hands on with the Phoenix Zoo Stingrays.

Scavenger Hunt
• Send your guest out on safari to find the answers to our animal related trivia questions. For this self-guided activity the zoo provides: question sheets & pencils for up to 500, answer key, 1 grand prize. You provide the rules.

Bounce House
• Let the kids jump around like monkeys in an inflatable bounce house. Minimum 4 hour rental with an attendant. Bounce houses don’t fit at all event venues. Talk to a sales rep to see if it will work at your location.

Face Painting
• Great for kids of all ages! Allow your guests to get fun & festive. One of our artists will be at your event venue to hand paint designs on adults & kids’ faces.  Minimum one artist for two hours.

Airbrush Temporary Tattoo Artist
• Bring out your WILD side.
• Minimum one artist for two hours.

Carnival Snacks
• Add a tasty & festive addition to your event. Choice of popcorn, sno-cones or cotton candy machine to be at your event so your guests can snack.  Minimum four hour service with an attendant.

Carnival Games
• Add some fun fairway activity to your event at the Zoo. Choose from a variety of games available to delight your guests available w/ or without prizes. Minimum four hour rental with an attendant.

Disc Jockey
• Bring in an MC for your event to play music, announce activities and prizes.  Minimum four hour rental.

Casino Games
• High rollers will love the many casino games that are available. Great for fundraising events or corporate parties, all that Vegas excitement w/o the risk!  Minimum four hour rental per table w/ dealer.