Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Special Events
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Red, White and Zoo! - July 2 - 4, 2016
Red, White and Zoo! Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white and blue creatures of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, July 2 to Monday, July 4, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the holiday weekend, Red, White and Zoo! visitors can "parade" through the Zoo on a self-guided tour in search of red, white and blue animals. How many can you find? There will be will entertainment including bounce houses, music and special animal encounters for all ages.

The first 800 people to walk through the gates will receive a free, patriotic gift provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission
Brew at the Zoo - July 16, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a suds sippin’ safari as we host our third annual Brew at the Zoo event on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests 21 and over will enjoy a stroll through the Zoo and sample unique brews from dozens of local breweries, as well as a selection of locally produced wines.  Spend your night with live music from Wild Stallions and Red Delicious, food, fun games and, of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo

TICKET SALES NOW OPEN!

General admission tickets are $50 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $60 for non-members. What's included: Souvenir tasting glass, unlimited sampling of a variety of beers and wines, live music, up-close-and-personal encounters with our animals, fun adult games and much more!

Please click here to purchase general admission tickets.

VIP tickets are $80 per person. Only 200 VIP tickets are available. What's included: In addition to all benefits listed above, VIP tickets also include admission to the VIP Pre-Party where guests will experience the event an hour earlier at 7 p.m., enjoy exclusive beer and wine tastings without the crowds, a free meal voucher and free drink ticket to the cash bar. VIP will also be able to take home a Brew at the Zoo souvenir glass mug!

VIP TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

Please note: Gates will close at 5 p.m. and buildings will close at 6:00 p.m. on this day for the event. All daytime visitors will be asked to exit Zoo grounds by 6:30 p.m. in preparation for the event. 

This is an after-hours, adults-only event. You must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID for entry. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges will be made. No tickets will be available at the door. No designated driver tickets will be sold. Please drink responsibly.

Member Appreciation Days - July 27 and August 3, 2016
Member Appreciation Day Member Appreciation Days are fun-filled ways for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to say thank you for the support throughout the year. Members with last names beginning with A-L can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members with last names beginning with M-Z can enjoy the fun activities on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you are unable to visit us on your designated date, please join us on the alternate date. A schedule of events will be posted here at a later date.

Event activities are free to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.
Tour de Zoo - July 28, 2016
Critter Ride

Bring your bike and ride during Tour de Zoo, a family fun event on July 28, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be dinner, snacks and refreshments plus special animal encounters during the fun-filled evening.

If registered by July 12th, guests will receive a FREE T-shirt! Cost is $20 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $25 per person for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a T-shirt. Reservations are required. Tour de Zoo is rain or shine. Registration fees are non-refundable.

The bike ride is an open format with water stations throughout the Zoo. Buildings are not open to ride through. Helmets are not required, but are recommended.

Ride-in registrations are available but will not receive a T-shirt.

Reservations will be available in late June.

Dr. Gregory Skomal of Shark Week - July 29, 2016
Dr. Gregory Skomal, best known as the face of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, will deliver a presentation on great white sharks and other species on Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m. in Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion Auditorium. This is the third presentation of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s speaker series being offered this year.

This program is free to the public, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve your seat.

An underwater explorer, photographer and author, Skomal has been a senior fisheries scientist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries since 1987 and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program. Through the MSRP, Skomal has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology and physiology of sharks. Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry and satellite-based technology to study post-release survivorship, ecology and behavior of sharks.

The author of dozens of scientific research papers, he has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC and numerous television networks.

Back to School Bash - August 6 - 7, 2016

Hey kids, before the bell rings for your first class this school year, visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one last hurrah! Get into the school spirit by hanging out with local mascots while enjoying kid-friendly music from Omaha Street Percussion.

Finish summer with a bash! Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Labor Day Weekend - September 3 - 5, 2016
Labor Day Weekend

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah on Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Labor Day Weekend at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and special animal presentations for all ages.

Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be given out, while supplies last.  Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Zoo Run - September 11, 2016

Zoo Run

Lace up your shoes for the 36th annual Zoo Run on Sunday, September 11, 2016. This fun run is great for runners of all levels with the choice between a five mile run and a one mile run/walk. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the Main Entrance. The five-mile run departs at 8 a.m. and the one-mile run departs at 8:10 a.m.

Participants will receive bagels, bananas and free Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission on the day of the run.

Cost is $25 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $30 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free, do not require a registration and will not receive a t-shirt. Reservations are required and non-refundable.

Registration will be available in July.


Family Fiesta! - September 18, 2016

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sunday, September 18, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m. for a fiesta the whole family can enjoy! The annual celebration highlights Latin American culture via dance and a live mariachi band while entertaining the kids with bounce houses, airbrush tattoos and much more. 

The first 500 visitors through the gates will be able to create their own Latin-inspired rhythm with a Fiesta Maraca instrument, provided by Oriental Trading Company. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.