San Francisco Zoo is a romantic alternative to the traditional wedding venue and provides a magical backdrop for your special day. Ceremonies look out over exotic animals, cocktail hours are held in unique exhibits and elegant suites are ideal for a memorable reception.
What We Offer
Planning a wedding is no easy task and so our events team can be involved as much or as little as you like. Our flexible chefs look forward to talking menus, our catering manager to fine tuning logistics and our Zoo keepers look forward to giving your valued guests an unforgettable experience with an Animal Encounter.
We also aim to be as helpful as possible by providing a 'one stop shop' for all your wedding needs. We support our local community by using local vendors not just for food produce, but for wedding cakes, photography, DJ needs, lighting and much more. We even have a part time florist working in our team, using cuttings from our Zoo gardens to provide bespoke floral arrangements, bouquets and table center pieces at very reasonable prices.
Spaces For Hire
The first order of business is of course to choose your venue! Below are just some of the private venue spaces that we can offer:
Playfield Lawn and Terrace
The Playfield is a beautifully maintained private lawn surrounded by lush green trees and seasonal foliage. The Fleishhacker Playground sits only a stone's throw away making this the ideal spot for family orientated events. The lawn is also large enough to host team building activities and in wet weather conditions, the Event Tent Marquee is available to save the day. The Playfield Lawn conveniently adjoins the Mother's Building, which lends it's beautiful Italian Renaissance stone terrace for a cocktail hours and receptions.
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 it’s unique atmosphere as a reception hall.
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Our three giraffes, Kristin, Bititi and Floyd, offer their unique home to host a pre-dinner cocktail hour or even dinner itself. 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.
The interior of our historic 1940’s Lion House doubles as a function room after the Zoo closes it’s gates for the evening. This hidden gem comfortably accommodates larger capacities whilst offering a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of where our big cats eat and reside. Listen to echoing roars as you enjoy sparkling wine and hor d’oeuvres or a buffet dinner on the wild side.
The residents of this exotic oasis are frogs, turtles, macaws and a 15ft green anaconda to name but a few. Both food and drink can be enjoyed here as tropical bird species hop from branch to branch, singing happily. This indoor space is ideal for any occasion, but especially good for socializing as guests ‘break the ice’ over interesting and unusual exhibits.
The Dentzel Carousel is believed to have been created in c.1921 which actually pre-dates the Zoo itself. After a full restoration in 2002, we are proud to offer this iconic piece of San Francisco history as a venue space in which to host a private drinks reception. Availability is from 5.30pm onwards with background carnival music and an operator included in the rental fee.
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Bernard Osher Great Hall
Available throughout the day and night, this rustic suite boasts high beam ceilings, smooth slate floors, a cozy open fireplace and a private foyer ideal for guest registration. The Hall also comes with front and rear courtyards which act as perfect locations for a cocktail hour or Summer barbeque. Also conveniently located nearby are a choice of three meeting rooms which we offer at discounted rates should you require a changing facility or break out space.
The Lemur Lounge
This octagonal shaped building is centrally located within the Zoo and oozes contemporary style with it’s floor to ceiling windows and concave dome shaped roof. An outdoor patio with views of flamingos is included for guests to break out onto and a separate break out space, The Lemur Room, is also available to book at a discounted rate. This reception hall is available for guests only after 6pm.
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