Sunset Fridays at SF Zoo

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Join us on Friday evenings for SF Zoo’s
Sunset Fridays beginning July 5!

Sunset Fridays, an after-hours event for the whole family, will debut at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens on Friday, July 5, and will run on consecutive Fridays through August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Playfield Lawn. Guests will enjoy live music, outdoor bars, kid-friendly activities, ambassador animals, and more.

Visitors who have a general admission ticket for daytime Zoo access will be able to attend Sunset Fridays at no additional charge. This is a free event for members of the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens (membership card must be presented at entry).

Historic Sunset

The event name harkens to SF Zoo’s unique proximity to the Pacific Ocean
and location in the historic Sunset District, with timing for the summer event
close to the sunset hour and in honor of the many animal species that are
crepuscular – or active during sundown!

While the entire zoo will not be open, visitors can connect with animals in the
Zoo’s Exploration Zone. The weekly events will take place in the open Playfield area and the Exploration Zone featuring:

  • Live Musical Performances on the Playfield Lawn
  • Insect Zoo
  • Meerkat and Prairie Dog Exhibits
  • Red Panda Treehouse
  • Elinor Friend Playground
  • Historic Dentzel Carousel
  • Sculpture Learning Plaza
  • Retail shopping in Vendor Village
  • Food and beverage concession areas
  • Bars for 21+ of age

Live Entertainment Lineup

  • July 5: Damir Stosic Band (Contemporary Rock)
  • July 12: West Coast Cool (Jazz)
  • July 19: Gayle Lynn & the Helping Hands (Folk)
  • July 26: Lucky Drive (Eclectic Rock & Soul)
  • August 2: The Dunes (Classic Rock)
  • August 9: Ricky’s Grupo Afro-Nativo (Afro-Latin)
  • August 16: The Puckett Family Project (Acoustic Rock)
  • August 23: Red Licorice (Blues)
  • August 30: Jeffo & the Rhinos (Rock)

Ticket and Event Info

Zoo Members receive free admission to the event, show your Membership card when you arrive. No advanced reservation is necessary.

  • Children 11 and under are free.
  • Non-member tickets are $12 per person ages 12 and over.

Tickets for non-members can be purchased here or walk up to the ticket window; reservations are not required.

  • Folding chairs and outside food is allowed.

  • Pets are not permitted on Zoo grounds, however, service animals are allowed entry.

  • Outside alcohol is not permitted and will be confiscated. Coolers and beverage storage bags are subject to search by our security team upon entry.

  • No glass containers of any kind are allowed into the event and will be confiscated for the safety of our attendees.

  • Valid government issued IDs are required for all alcohol purchases. All attendees will be asked for ID when purchasing alcohol, regardless of age.

VIP Tent Info

In addition to everything you receive with a regular ticket, you can have access to a private VIP tent with even more benefits!  VIP tents have private seating for six people and include:

  • Seasonal and locally-sourced hors d’oeuvre platter
  • Array of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and canned cocktails)
  • Bottled Water
  • Complimentary parking for up to six vehicles

VIP tents are reserved under the name of the purchaser. Guests of the VIP Tent do not need to arrive all at once but should know the name the area is reserved under for easiest access. Check-in for VIP Tents are at the Concierge Office, located at the Zoo’s main entrance.  Six chairs are provided, however more people are welcome in each VIP Tent.  The amount of food and beverage provided is suitable for six guests.  The Zoo’s staff have the right to ask for legal identification in order to manage consumption of alcoholic beverages. Proceeds from sales of VIP Tents go towards supporting the Zoo’s mission.

Price of VIP Tents

  • Members – $300
  • Non-Members – $325

For Questions, please contact [email protected]

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