Calendar of Events

Fall & Winter Hours
Oct 01 - Mar 31

From October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Zoo will be open from 10am to 4pm, with the last admission at 3:30pm.

Preschool Adventures
Nov 12 - Feb 11

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together. Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note this program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals. Preregistration is required.

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Rock & Roar! Rock-a-Baby Concerts
Nov 19 - Feb 12

The very popular Rock-a-Baby band is coming to the Zoo! Jam with them in the Meller-Danforth Education Center during these exciting 45- minute concerts specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests. Each month's concert will have a different animal or nature theme, so no two shows will be alike! Preregistration is required.

Dates & Themes:
November 19    Transportation
January 21        Jumping
February 12      Gardens

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Animal Keeper Talks
Jan 01 - Dec 31

Find out more about all the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  We offer daily animal keeper talks at 11:30 am.  Each day focuses on a different animal in a different habitat.  These talks provide all guests with the opportunity to truly understand our animals and their environment.  The daily talk is listed on a board as guests walk through admissions. 

Breakfast on Marco Polo's Adventure Trek
Mar 26

Like Marco Polo your adventure will bring you face-to-face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road.  The adventure begins with a hot breakfast, and then adventurers will join zookeepers, who work with the animals of the Marco Polo Adventure Trek, and get up close with camels, snow leopards, red pandas, and cranes.  Pre-registration is required.  Go to to register NOW.

Spring Festival at the Carousel
Apr 08

Join us at Carousel Village for our new Spring Festival Saturday, April 8.  Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy animal encounters, ride the Carousel, and jump on the bounce house.  Many more details to come as spring begins to dawn.  This will be the perfect event for kids and families. 

Visit with the Easter Bunny
Apr 09 - Apr 15

The Easter Bunny will be at our Spring Festival on Saturday, April 8 at the Carousel.  Additionally, everyone is welcome to visit with the Easter Bunny, at the Carousel, on Sunday, April 9, Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Carousel.  Bring your camera.

Party for the Planet
Apr 17 - Apr 21

Roger Williams Park Zoo is hosting the ever-popular Party for the Planet, a full week of fun for families to share, presented by National Grid. The event will run from April 17-21, during the public school vacation week for many students in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The emphasis will be on activities, demonstrations and performances that children and their parents will enjoy.  Daily, everyone may enjoy fun animal encounters with the Zoo’s education wild animal ambassadors, entertainment, games, and music, as well as special “Keeper Talks” to learn more from the zookeepers about exhibit animals in each featured region.  Party for the Planet is free with Zoo admission.  Check back for more information as April approaches.

Food Truck Friday
May 05 - Sep 22

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel.  If you have never experienced the array of foods and delicious sweets from the vendors at this magnificent event - put it on your calendar today.  Food Truck Friday will (weather permitting) host a special opening event on Friday, April 21 at the end of the Zoo's week long Party for the Planet.  Then, beginning May 5 Food Truck Friday will be open every Friday until September.

Elephant Barn Open House
May 13

If you are fascinated by elephants, join us at the Elephant Barn on Saturday, May 13 to learn everything you ever wanted to know about these incredible animals.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask the animal keepers questions, witness a day in the life of an elephant, and appreciate why we love our three amazing elephants Alice, Ginny and Kate. 

Scout Safari Night
May 20

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and their families are invited to an exclusive after-hours event at the Zoo that meets badge requirements.  The evening includes a tour of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, music by a DJ, making animal enrichment, owl pellet investigation, keeper talks, animal encounters, worm composting and seed planting, astromoners from Ladd Observatory and a mad scientist lab.  Up your Sarari Night by staying overnight with a Snore and Roar.  Go to Education Pages to register.

Castles and Carousel
Sep 23 (All day)

Keep September 23 open for a new and exciting event at the Carousel.  This event gives everyone in the family the opportunity to make all your fairy tale dreams come true.  There will be entertainment, food, rides on the Carousel and more.  Watch postings on this page and our Facebook page for more information.

A Special Thank You to our Annual Media Sponsors
Dec 31