It’s ZOOtoberfest in San Francisco

The Zoo Brew Haus at San Francisco Zoo

It’s ZOOtoberfest in San Francisco! San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is celebrating fall with a new signature event, “ZOOtoberFest.” Entertainment for all ages includes a Zoo Brew Haus with German beers, bratwurst and live music. Live polka music will complete the scene each weekend in October, from 11 am until 3 pm.

Kids can explore San Francisco’s largest hay maze, play outdoor games and jump in the bounce house at the new “Harvest Hallow” attraction. The 5,000-square-foot hay maze is made up of 600 bales of straw and features play areas within the design. Cornstalk, pumpkins, festive fall décor and seating make the perfect spot for a fall family photo opp. “Harvest Hallow” is located behind the lion fountain and is open to all guests with paid admission to the Zoo.

Zootoberfest at San Francisco Zoo, October 2016

This weekend, “Harvest Hallow” will be open through the Columbus Day holiday (Monday).  The “Zoo Brew Haus” is open Saturday and Sunday only.  Additionally, the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band, in town for Fleet Week, is performing live at San Francisco Zoo on Saturday, October 8 at 3 pm.  The 15-piece ensemble band is stopping by the Playfield for a 20-minute set of uplifting music.

October 29th and 30th, the final weekend of “ZOOtoberFest,” includes one of SF Zoo’s most popular events, Boo at the Zoo! Children are encouraged to dress in costume to trick-or-treat at stations throughout the Zoo, participate in a costume parade and contest, watch animals enjoy tasty treats and pumpkin enrichment, and brave the haunted Nature Trail.  All activities are complimentary with paid admission to San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.

ZOOtoberfest Event Details 

Where: San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, Sloat Blvd. at The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94132
When: Every Weekend in October from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Why: Kids can play in the hay maze and visit the wildlife; everyone can enjoy German food and live music performances

About San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

Established in 1929, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens connects people to wildlife, inspires caring for nature and advances conservation action.  An urban oasis, the Zoo & Gardens are home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species as well as seven distinct gardens full of native and unusual plants.  Located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean where the Great Highway meets Sloat Boulevard, the Zoo is open 365 days a year from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (summer hours) and is accessible by San Francisco MUNI “L” Taraval Line.