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CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS

Denver Zoo’s beautiful outdoor or indoor venues- complete with rare and exotic wildlife- provide the perfect space to gather with the ones that mean the most to you, from family members to classmates, teammates and friends. Whatever the occasion, family reunion, wedding, anniversary, Bar Mitzvah, Quinceañera, we have a variety of options to help you find the ideal venue to make new memories.

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DAYTIME EVENTS

The Zoo has two versatile options for daytime events. Both spaces have facility usage times but guests are able to enjoy access to the Zoo and its exhibits from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Guests will be provided with admission tickets to enter the Zoo and wristbands to identify your group for catering.

Located inside the Gates Education Center, Norgren Hall is our main indoor facility with large floor to ceiling windows and provides a spectacular view of Predator Ridge and the gerenuk exhibits. It is equipped with a sound system, IPOD access, dimmer lights and can be broken down into three separate rooms to meet your needs. A podium, screen, projector and microphone are available and are included in your rental. Rental hours may be extended for an additional fee. Rental times are based on availability.

Conoco Zoo Gardens serves as our main outdoor venue and is a beautiful garden area spanning over an acre featuring a spacious covered picnic pavilion and two gazebos. The venue provides both covered and outdoor garden space. Depending on the size of your party, you can rent half of the pavilion or the entire facility.

Groups of 30 and under

Original Boardroom Includes 30 admission tickets
Capacity: 30 people banquet style/ 40 people cabaret style, no seating
4 Hours:  $500  
8 Hours:  $750  
Availability: Please call as space is limited

Groups of 50 and under

Norgren Hall (1Room) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity:  80 people theater style / 40 people banquet style/ 75 people cabaret style, no seating
4 Hours:  $850  
8 Hours:  $1100

Groups of 50-100

Norgren Hall (2 Rooms) Includes 88 admission tickets
Capacity:  160 people theater style / 88 people banquet style/ 120 people cabaret style, no seating
4 Hours:  $1500  
8 Hours:  $1950

Groups of 100-200

Conoco Zoo Gardens Includes 200 admission tickets for half of the pavilion
Capacity:  150 people theater style /150 people banquet style/ 120 people cabaret style, no seating
Half of the Pavilion 200 people  
All Day cost (11:00-3:00 p.m.):  $3500

Norgren Hall (All 3 rooms) Includes 200 admission tickets
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 200 people banquet style/400 cabaret style, no seating
4 Hours:  $2300     
8 Hours:  $3000

Groups of 200 or more

Conoco Zoo Gardens Includes 500 admission tickets for the entire pavilion
Capacity:  400 people theater style /500 people banquet style (partially covered)/ 500 cabaret style, no seating
Entire Pavilion 500 people  
All Day cost (11:00-3:00 p.m.):  $4500

 

AFTER HOURS EVENTS

The entire zoo is available or you may choose between one of three separate event zones, giving you the flexibility to choose from a variety of experiences surrounded by the Zoo's distinctive exhibits at twilight.

Denver Zoo's after-hour event zones (Northern Shores and Conoco Zoo Gardens) offer two unique settings for your wild bunch. With the zone model Denver Zoo is able to provide the ideal location for a variety of events with very different needs.

Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit can be added to your event experience for an additional fee. If you rent a zone and choose to add access to Toyota Elephant Passage you will share access of the exhibit with other groups in the other zones. Toyota Elephant Passage can only be bought as an exclusive event space if the entire Zoo is rented out. Buyouts are only available on Saturdays and select weekdays.

Evening rentals occur from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with zoo access. Daytime zoo access is available for evening events for an additional fee. Please call to inquire for pricing. Admission into Denver Zoo is included with your rental fee up to the banquet capacity of the space. Guests ages 3 and above require an admission ticket for entry. Additional tickets may be purchased at a highly discounted rate of $7.50 per person.

For evening events, access to the zoo is available from May to September and in the month of December for Zoo Lights. During evening events specific animal exhibits will be open based on the rented zone and may be subject to change for animal comfort or safety. The following exhibits will be open until 9:00 p.m. Pachyderm House, Pahali ya Simba, Giraffe House, Emerald Forest (dusk or 8:30), Great Apes(dusk or 8:30), Elephant Parlor and Village Hall when all zones are rented out.

Click to view PDF of Zone access map

Groups of 50 and under

Sections of Norgren Hall are available after hours without zoo access in the months of October- April

Norgren Hall (1Room) Includes 40 admission tickets
Capacity:  80 people theater style / 40 people banquet style/ 75 people cabaret style, no seating
After Hours (October-April Only-No Zoo Access):  $650

Groups of 50-100

Sections of Norgren Hall are available after hours without zoo access in the months of October - April
Norgren Hall (2 Rooms) Includes 88 admission tickets
Capacity:  160 people theater style / 88 people banquet style/ 120 cabaret style, no seating
After Hours (October-April) (No Zoo Access):  $1050

Groups of 100-200

Located inside the Gates Education Center, Norgren Hall is our main indoor facility with large floor to ceiling windows and provides a spectacular view of Predator Ridge and the gerenuk exhibits. It is equipped with a sound system, IPOD access, dimmer lights and can be broken down into three separate rooms to meet your needs. A podium, screen, projector and microphone are available and are included in your rental. Rental hours may be extended for an additional fee. Rental times are based on availability.  

Norgren Hall (All 3 rooms) Includes 200 admission tickets
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 200 people banquet style/400 cabaret style, no seating
After Hours (Zoo access is not available October - April):  $1600  

Norgren Hall (All 3 rooms) Includes 250 admission tickets
Capacity: 250 people theater style / 200 people banquet style/400 cabaret styl, no seating
After hours 6:30-10pm (This includes access to Predator Ridge, Pahali Ya Simba, Pachyderm building as well as front portion of Zoo grounds. Access to other areas outside of the zone is prohibited.)
Up to 250 people: $3750
Addition of Toyota Elephant Passage: $2000

Samburu Patio (Limited Zoo Access) Includes 250 admission tickets
This garden patio overlooks Denver Zoo’s award winning Predator Ridge exhibit home to Denver Zoo’s lions, hyenas and African Wild dogs. Samburu Patio is ideal for a cocktail party or a small reception.
After hours 6:30-10pm (This includes access to Predator Ridge, Pahali Ya Simba, Pachyderm buildings as well as front portion of Zoo grounds. Access to other areas outside of the zone is prohibited.) 
Up to 250 people: $3750
Addition of Toyota Elephant Passage access: $2000

Groups of 200 or more

For evening events, access to the zoo is available from May to September and in the month of December for Zoo Lights. During evening events specific animal exhibits will be open based on the rented zone and may be subject to change for animal comfort or safety.  The following exhibits will be open until 9:00 p.m. Pachyderm House, Pahali ya Simba, Giraffe House, Emerald Forest (dusk or 8:30), Great Apes, Elephant Parlor and Village Hall when all zones are rented out. 

Conoco Zoo Gardens serves as our main outdoor venue and is a beautiful garden area spanning over an acre featuring a spacious covered picnic pavilion and two gazebos.  The venue provides both covered and outdoor garden space. Depending on the size of your party, you can rent half of the pavilion or the entire facility. 

Conoco Zoo Gardens (Limited Zoo access) Includes 750 admission tickets
After hours 6:30-10 p.m. (This includes access to Pachyderm and Pahali Ya Simba buildings only as well as front portion of Zoo grounds).
Up to 750 people: $5000
Addition of Toyota Elephant Passage access: $2000 

Northern Shores (Zoo access includes Northern Shores, Tropical Discovery and Giraffe exhibits) Includes 500 admission tickets
Watch Denver Zoo’s polar bears enjoy the icy water and frozen shores of the arctic. Around the corner, harbor seals and California sea lions swim among the surf-washed rocks and bask lazily. Children will get in on the arctic action as they enjoy Denver Zoo’s newest interactive play area, Explore the Shore. Explore the Shore includes an interactive water feature and two story viewing deck. This exciting event space will be sure to delight guests of all ages.

After hours 6:30-10 p.m.
Up to 500 people: $3750
Add–on to Conoco Zoo Gardens: $3750
Addition of Toyota Elephant Passage access: $2000

Zoo Exclusive!

Your guests will get to experience their own private Zoo!  Saturday and select weekdays are available.

Exclusive rental: Conoco Zoo Gardens, Northern Shores, Primate Panorama and Toyota Elephant Passage- Includes 1750 admission tickets 
Includes access to Zoo grounds and the following buildings:  Pachyderm House, Pahali ya Simba, Giraffe House, Emerald Forest (dusk or 8:30), Great Apes(dusk or 8:30), Elephant Parlor and Village Hall when all zones are rented out.
Up to 1,750 people: $12,000

 

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Denver Zoo’s event specialists are waiting to assist you:
 

Felise Buckheart 720-337-1473 or fbuckheart@denverzoo.org

Kirsti Wheeler 720-337-1629 or kwheeler@denverzoo.org

Fill out our event inquiry form for more information.

TESTIMONIALS

"Everyone had a great time at this year's employee party.  The zoo was a great family location.  Overall impressions are very positive!"

"The entire event was a huge success- very organized, friendly, personnel, great food and clean facility.  The new exhibits at the zoo are very well done."

"The food was great, the facilities were clean, the space provided for the event was perfect-we appreciated the indoor/outdoor availability. The most memorable was the ease of hosting the event at the zoo…I didn't have to do much at all!!! Thank you! We can't give you enough kudos for everything!"

"The Animal Meet and Greet was super fun and volunteers were very knowledgeable!"

"Overall impression was outstanding and service was excellent! Communication was easy which relieved stress on my end. The food was great and the whole staff enjoyed the event!"

"Our office had such a wonderful time at Zoo Lights. Everything was decorated so beautifully in the hall and the staff was wonderful. The were very attentive to all of our needs!"

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