Signature Events

Find out about what big events are taking place at the Zoo and Garden and order tickets when available.

Boo at the Zoo

October 21–30, 2016 @ 6:00–9:00pm

Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

Order Tickets

Riverbanks Run

November 19, 2016 @ 7:30am

Help kick off the Midlands’ longest running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas, by making tracks to Riverbanks’ first annual 5k race.


Lights Before Christmas

Nov 19 – Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:00–9:00pm
**CLOSED NOV 24, DEC 24 AND 25**

Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition.

Tickets go on sale November 1.

Rhythm and Blooms

May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017 @ 6:00–9:00pm

Music and flowers after hours, Thursdays in May—you won’t experience a night like this anywhere else in Columbia.

Twilight in the Garden

2017 Dates TBA

Enjoy a fun-filled evening with family at Waterfall Junction, followed by a movie at the Botanical Garden amphitheater.

Brew at the Zoo

August 4, 2017 @ 7:00–9:30pm

Make plans now to join us for the coolest suds sippin’ safari in Columbia.

Riverbanks ZOOfari

September 22, 2017 @ 7:00pm

Don’t miss the wildest event in town with the Zoo’s premier fundraiser.