The natural setting of the Virginia Zoo with its well-appointed landscapes, gardens and public spaces – is the picture-perfect location for your group event. We offer different options for various types of events.  But two variables are standard with all Virginia Zoo event packages: originality and fun. We can even help ensure your event is environmentally friendly!!!


For more information, contact our Special Events department at (757) 441-2374, ext. 253 or via email.

Please have the following information available when you call:

  • Type of an event (picnic, wedding, birthday party, etc.)
  • Preferred event date
  • Preferred event venue
  • Number of guests
  • If your organization is a non-profit

Note: We are unable to accept bookings for third party events.

Corporate or Social Events

The Virginia Zoo boasts the option for corporate picnics or retreats, races, proms and galas and family reunions. With spaces to accommodate up to 2,000 people, there isn’t much we can’t do for you!

View our private events guide


Whether your groom is wild or your bride is romantic, the Virginia Zoo offers the wide-ranging backdrop for any happily ever after. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held any day of the year and all year long.

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The Virginia Zoo can also offer full catering services, from buffet, action stations, family style to fully served seated dinners. For details and menus please contact Special Events.

view the catering menu here


Your birthday boy or girl will have a wild time at a Zoo birthday party. All parties include a visit from an animal ambassador and activities geared toward the age of the birthday child. Parties are held year round on weekends and are offered several times throughout the day.

Learn more here

Private Events

For the smaller, more personal occasions, such as re-enlistment ceremonies, memorial services, baby or bridal showers, the Zoo offers several welcoming areas to host your closest five to 50 friends or family.


The Zoo offers the opportunity to photograph around our exquisite gardens and natural animal exhibits for maternity or engagement shoots, family pictures, bridal portraits, commercial photography and more. Availability and pricing vary.

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