Zoo Events

 Every Thursday through Sunday (10 and 2) — Amazing Animal Adventures
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Every Thursday through Sunday (noon) — Picnic Presentations
Every Thursday through Sunday this summer, enjoy a live animal presentation beginning June 22. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion Picnic Grove. All show times and locations subject to change.

Every Day at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – – River Otters Feeding

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. — Alligator Feeding

Aug. 16 (7 pm) — Evening Lecture Series: A Talk on Otter Talk
The Zoo’s evening lecture series engages audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Attending these programs allows visitors to live vicariously through our experts, who often have had incredible close encounters with creatures across the globe. In this month’s lecture, Sarah Walkley, a graduate student studying animal behavior and communication, will present Vocalizations of North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) in Two Captive Populations. This exploratory study uses video and audio recordings of two populations of river otters in human care to broaden the known vocal repertoire of river otters in various social contexts. Participating otters were a non-mating male/female pair at Stamford Museum and Nature Center and two adult males at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. Location: The Zoo’s Hanson Building, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport.

Aug. 25 (9 – 4) — AARP Free Friday
If you’re an AARP cardholder, show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to three additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus AARP members receive 20% off one gift shop item.

Aug. 26 (noon to 3) — Teddy Bear Fest
Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. FREE admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult.

 

 

 

Sept. 9 (9 – 4) — Fairfield Day at the Zoo
Admission for Fairfield residents is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the Zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends, and your neighbors. Rain date is Sept. 10.

Sept. 12 & 13 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Fur, Feathers and Scales. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Sept. 16 (9 – 4) — Valley Chamber Day at the Zoo
Admission for residents of all six Valley towns is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the Zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends, and your neighbors.

Sept. 18 — 11th Annual Golf Tournament
Gather three coworkers, friends, or family members and join us at the exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for fun and fundraising! Click here for details and unique sponsorship opportunities, including Tee Sponsors, Contest Sponsors, and more.

Sept. 18-20 — Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo at the BIG E
Stop by the Connecticut Building at the Big E to meet Zoo staff and learn more about the state’s only zoo!

Sept. 22 — AARP Free Fourth Fridays
If you’re an AARP cardholder, show your card or invitation and you get free admission to the Zoo! Up to three additional guests will receive a 15% discount off regular admission prices. Plus AARP members receive 20% off one gift shop item.

Sept. 23 (9 – 4) — Trumbull Day at the Zoo
Admission for Trumbull residents is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the Zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends, and your neighbors.

Oct. 7 (9 – 4) — Stratford Day
Admission for Stratford residents is only $5.00 per person with ID. Spend the day at the Zoo seeing all the new faces, riding the carousel, and enjoying the entertainment. Meet and greet local officials as well as business and civic leaders, your friends, and your neighbors.

Oct. 10 & 11 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Not So Scary. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Oct. 14 (also 21, 27 & 28) (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 16 – 31 (9 – 4) — Scarecrows On Parade
Local classrooms are invited to build a scarecrow to showcase on Zoo grounds in the month of October. Come see our Scarecrow “Exhibit” on the Greenhouse Lawn, and vote for your favorites at Boo at the Zoo on October 29. To sign up to build or sponsor a scarecrow, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

Oct. 21 (also 27 & 28) (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 27 & 28 (6:30 – 10 pm) — Howl-O-Ween
Don’t miss our annual Halloween-themed evenings, featuring activities and attractions geared towards guests ages 8-15 (although brave youngsters have found the event enjoyable!) Brave children (and parents) can enter our haunted attractions: The Haunted Hayride, Farmer Beardsley’s Farmstead, and the Ghastly Greenhouse. More timid guests can enjoy magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, fire dancers, and more. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for more info and to purchase discounted pre-sale tickets.

Oct. 29 (12 – 3) — Boo at the Zoo
A spooktacular afternoon including harvest hay rides ($2 per person) and many other seasonal favorites. Enjoy crafts, story-time, cool critters, and of course, candy! Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through. If you’re under 12, in costume, and accompanied by a paying adult, you get into the Zoo for FREE!

Nov. 3 (7-10 pm) — Second Annual Comedy Night at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company
Join Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo for our Second Annual Comedy Night! This evening features three spectacular comedians, wine & beer open bar, live & silent auction, and more! All proceeds benefit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in our efforts toward conservation, education, recreation and research. Featuring Cory Kahaney, grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Andy Pitz & Jon Fisch. Visit beardsleyzoo.org for details & tickets.

Nov. 14 & 15 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Who Eats What. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!

Dec. 12 & 13 (10:30 – 11:15 am) — Zoo Tots
This program for children ages 22 months to 4 years accompanied by one adult includes a short activity, live animals and a simple craft. This month’s theme is Getting Ready for Winter. Cost is $10 for one member and child, $15 for one non-member and child. To register, email programming@beardsleyzoo.org or call 203-394-6563. Space is limited and program fills up quickly. Register early to secure your spot!