Have Your Event at the Zoo

San Francisco Zoo, founded in 1929 and located just off Ocean Beach, is one of the most unique venues in the Bay Area for hosting your next event. Whether planning your child’s birthday party, a large wedding, or corporate event of any kind, we’ll work with you to customize a get-together your guests won’t soon forget.

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About Our Venue

Our elegant suites and stylish meeting rooms are set among 100 acres of zoological gardens, home to 260 different species of animals; an inspiring setting to nurture an unforgettable event. Our versatile venue spaces can be set up in a number of styles, ideal for meetings, conferences, presentations, product launches, dinner dances, summer picnics, staff retreats and holiday parties.

To support your organization's Corporate Responsibility Policy, we use sustainable and fair trade produce, locally sourced wherever possible. In addition, all Zoo profits from your event will go towards our conservation projects, helping critically endangered animals and their habitats around the world.

By hosting your event at the Zoo, you are helping provide a better world for animals through education and conservation efforts both locally and internationally.

Please note that an "event" is defined as a catered affair with food and beverage supplied by our exclusive in house caterer. Event spaces are not rented without catering.

Contact Us

To inquire about how San Francisco Zoo Events & Hospitality can make your next dream event a reality, please call or email us.


This large and versatile suite boasts high beam ceilings, smooth slate floors, a working stone fireplace, a built-in screen and a private foyer ideal for guest registration, silent auction items, lunch or dinner buffet, etc. The Hall also comes with two courtyards, perfect locations for a cocktail reception or summer barbeque. Option available to book the Education Rooms as breakout spaces.

Standing: 300 | Banquet: 200 | Theater: 280| Classroom: 120 | Boardroom: 40 | Dimensions: 64x40ft 10am-3pm $1,500 | 7pm-11pm $3,000 | Extra Hour(s) $500 per hour & depends on availability

We have two Education Rooms available for private hire. Conveniently located close to the Zoo’s main entrance and parking lot, both rooms come with a whiteboard, chairs and 8ft tables. If there are no other events happening, then an outdoor patio can also be utilized.

Standing: 60 | Banquet: 40 | Theatre: 50 | Classroom: 40 | Boardroom: 30 | Dimensions: 40x20ft 10am-3pm $600 | Extra hour(s) $75 per hour

LEMUR ROOM – subject to availability
The Lemur Room is located in the heart of the Zoo and from a private viewing point, guests can be inspired as nearby chimpanzees play in their homely habitat. This space comes with 8ft tables, chairs and a specific set up can be requested.

Standing: 50 | Banqueting: 48| Theatre: 70 | Classroom: 30 | Boardroom: 20 | Dimensions: 42x36ft 10am-3pm $600 | Extra hour(s) $75 per hour

GIRAFFE LODGE – subject to availability after zoo hours only
After the Zoo closes, our towering giraffes offer their unique home to host a cocktail party! Guests will be captivated by their beautiful big eyes and long eyelashes, so be sure to book a Giraffe Feeding so that you’re not too overcome with guilt as you enjoy our own delicious menu offerings!

Standing: 50 guests | Dimensions: 80x12ft  |  After zoo hours only  | 1 hour $1,000 

LION HOUSE – subject to availability
The interior of our historic 1940’s Lion House doubles as a function room after the Zoo closes its gates for the evening. This hidden gem comfortably accommodates larger capacities while offering a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of where our six big cats eat and reside. Listen to echoing roars as you enjoy champagne with hors d’oeuvres or even a dinner on the wild side!

Standing: 220 guests | Banquet: 150 guests | Dimensions: 120x25ft After zoo hours only 1 hour $1,000 | 2 hours $1,500 | 3 hours $2,000 | 4 hours $2,500

Built in 1921 by William H. Dentzel, this rare menagerie carousel is one of only 14 in the world! It has been entertaining Zoo visitors since 1925 and since it’s restoration in 2006, has proven very popular with evening event guests wishing to get a taste of San Francisco history while also enjoying good food, fine drinks and of course, a fun ride or two!

Standing: 200 guests | Banquet: n/a | Dimensions: 27x100ft After zoo hours only 1 hour $1,000 | 2 hours $1,500 | 3 hours $2,000 | 4 hours $2,500

The Playfield is a beautifully maintained lawn which is overlooked by the Mother’s Building, an Italian Renaissance style structure built in the mid 1920’s. Surrounded by lush green trees and with a playground close by, this fenced-off lawn is ideal for large picnics, team building, and family style activities.

Standing: 3,000 guests | Banquet: 2,000 guests | Dimensions: 150x70ft Full day: 10am-3pm $1,500 | Extra hour(s) $100 per hour

For picnics of up to 250 guests, we offer our beautifully maintained Patas Lawn. Named after the nearby Patas Monkey enclosure, this centrally located lawn also has quick and easy routes to Lions, Rhino, Hippo, Penguins and Lemurs. Like Playfield, this lawn is ideal for barbeques, team building, and family style activities.

Standing: 400 guests | Banquet: 250 guests | Dimensions: 83x55ft Full day: 10am-3pm $1,250 | Extra hour(s) $100 per hour

The African Savanna, one of our most elaborate developments, features giraffe, zebra, kudu and ostrich roaming together in a three acre habitat that surrounds a decked event space. Whether rings are being exchanged or delegates are there to network, no space in the Bay Area can match its unique atmosphere as a reception space.

Standing: 180 | Banquet: 60 | Theatre: 150 | Dimensions: 42x36ft After zoo hours only: 30 min $750 | 1 hour $1,000

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