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June 15 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT

We’ll be adding hearts and rainbows to our stripes and spots during our third annual Pride Night. All ages are welcome at this event to celebrate all things Pride, meet Animal Ambassadors, peruse a mini Pride-themed market, shake your tail feathers to tunes spun by a local DJ and so much more!

**Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, etc. to enjoy the live entertainment. Provided seating will be limited.

Event Map

Schedule & Free Activities

  • 5 – 5:45pm Animal ambassador greeters in the Fountain Plaza
  • 5 – 7:30pm Full zoo access*
  • 5 – 7:45pm Goat Yard open
  • 6 – 7:30pm Drag queen shows in the Event Field:
    • 6pm – Foxxy
    • 6:15pm – Mercedes Douglas
    • 6:30pm – Sylvia Sterling
    • 6:45pm – Nikki Ross
    • 7pm – Jasmine Saville
    • 7:15pm – Debutante McCray
    • 7:30pm – Group performance
  • 6:30 – 7pm Story time led by drag queen Foxxy at the ZooLive! Stage
  • DJ Dance Party
  • Visit with local organizations and get resources from:
  • Friendship Bracelet-Making Table
  • Color Scavenger Hunt in the Fountain Plaza (with prizes!)
  • Gallery Walk Table of LGBTQ+ Conservationists, Environmentalists, and Researchers (with free Pride Night temporary tattoos!)
  • Virginia Zoo Educator Chats
    • 5:30pm – Colors of the Zoo at the peacock habitat in the ZooFarm
    • 6:30pm – Animal Training at the outdoor orangutan habitat on the Asia: Trail of the Tiger
    • 7pm – Animal Community at the giraffe overlook on the Africa-Okavango Delta trail

*Please note that in order to not disrupt our animals’ routines, exhibit trails will close at 7:30pm, though the event continues until 8pm. The Goat Yard in the ZooFarm will remain open until 7:45pm.

Shopping & Additional Activities (extra cost)

Food and Drinks (extra cost)

  • African Village Restaurant
    • Chicken tenders, burgers, pizza, fries, snack items
    • Beer, wine, Waters Edge Serpentine Sangria and Coastal Cocktails
    • Speciality mixed drinks (While supplies last!)
      • Life Rum Punch – Bacardi Rum, Malibu, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Cherry Koolaid
      • Nature-ita – Jose Cuervo Gold, Triple Sec, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup
      • Pride Summer Cooler – Malibu, Smirnoff Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Mango, Simple Syrup, Sprite
  • Free beer samples from Big Ugly Brewing (Full pours available for an extra cost)
  • Food Trucks

💲Ticket Prices💲

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the LGBT Life Center.

Week of Event Pricing (beginning Monday, 6/10)

🌈 Member Adult (18+): $15

🌈 Member Child (2-17): $15

🌈 Non-Member Adult (12+): $24

🌈 Non-Member Child (2-11): $21

Limited number of tickets available. Advance ticket sales end when sold out (get yours early!). If tickets remain on the day of event, gate sales will be credit card only. Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final. Should a ticket holder be unable to attend the event, the purchase will be considered a donation.