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October 2019

BOO! at the Zoo

October 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Join us for a free, family-friendly Halloween event! Enjoy 15 candy stations throughout the zoo. Face-painting available 9:30am - 3:30pm. Costume parade at noon from the Education Pavilion. Who will have the best costume? And of course - animals with pumpkins!

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November 2019

Paintings for Penguins

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Stroll around the zoo after hours and view art created by zoo residents and Madison artists.

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Zoo Lights

November 29, 2019 - December 29, 2019
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of Madison's most unique events!

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December 2019

BREW LIGHTS 2019

December 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Join us for our annual 21+ beer tasting event! Sample beers from local and regional breweries as you marvel at the spectacle of over 800,000 lights throughout the zoo! Tickets: VIP Tickets ($85) Enjoy early access to the zoo for an exclusive polar bear encounter, plus all the benefits of General Admission! General Admission ($45 in advance/$60 at the gate) Fill your commemorative glass with unlimited tastings from breweries, enjoy a live DJ, unlimited carousel rides, and a photo booth…

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February 2020

International Polar Bear Day

February 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Polar Bear

Join our polar bears, Nuniq and Berit, and learn about ways you can take action to protect their habitat in the wild! Activities happening in the Discovery Center from 11am-3pm, including games and crafts. 11am - Keeper Chat - Bear Exhibit Noon - Story time - Discovery Center 1pm - Story time - Discovery Center 2pm - Keeper Chat - Bear Exhibit

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April 2020

Butterfly in field

POSTPONED – Party for the Planet

April 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Note: This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for further information.   Click here for: Español or Hmoob   We are throwing a Party for the Planet, and you’re invited! You can participate in activities and actions to make a positive impact on the many challenges facing our planet, starting right here in the Zoo’s local watershed. Over one billion people around the globe are expected to step up to make the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day an inspiring…

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September 2020

RUN WILD 2020

September 20, 2020 - October 4, 2020
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

We have made the decision to hold our RUN WILD 5/10k race virtually this year. RUN WILD is one of our most successful events of the year and we always look forward to seeing everyone come out to support the Zoo, and we hope that you will consider racing with us virtually this year! Sign up for the 5k or 10k distance and run your course any time between September 20 and October 4. Run near your home or on…

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September 2021

Runners lined up

2021 Run Wild

September 26, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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Join us in-person for this year's RUN WILD! This year is all about pollinators! Bats, bees, butterflies, and other small mammals who pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Help us raise awareness about the importance of  pollinators. Everyone who runs or walks will receive a Run Wild t-shirt. This year, instead of medals all adult participants will be…

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October 2021

Adult Trivia Night

October 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States

Are you smarter than a zookeeper? Join us for a fun-filled evening of animal and Halloween-themed trivia at Henry Vilas Zoo! Show off your animal knowledge and learn new trivia to impress your friends and family! In between trivia sets, meet and learn about some of our spooky (and not so spooky) education animals. Snacks provided. Please eat dinner before you arrive.  Costumes welcome! This is a non-alcoholic event for adults age 18+. Pre-registration required. Registration is closed for this event. 

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November 2021

Zoo Lights 2021

November 26, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - December 30, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Avenue
Madison, WI 53715 United States
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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with one of the most unique events in Madison! This one-of-a-kind festival of lights begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs Fridays-Sundays from 5:30pm – 9pm until December 30th. Buy hot chocolate or hot apple cider and stroll through the zoo at night while seeing almost 1 million holiday lights! Adults 21+ can also purchase boozy hot chocolate during Zoo Lights! Come see the zoo like you’ve never…

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