Our event specialists treat you as the “mane” attraction and cater to your needs by offering amazing experiences, distinctive menus and a beautiful atmosphere, making every event remarkable.


Looking for exciting enhancements to take your event to the next level? Denver Zoo offers several options to enrich your event from popular Animal Ambassador Meet-and-Greets to rides on the Conservation Carousel.


We recommend using our preferred Denver Zoo partners listed below for private events.


Everything you need to know about hosting your event at the Denver Zoo.

Public Hours Events

Private events while we are open to the public

Looking for event venues in Denver that will delight guests of all ages? Regardless of why your flock is gathering—corporate meeting, team or client appreciation event, celebrating a company milestone or just to shake your tail feathers—we're proud to be the wildest, most vibrant event venue in Denver. Our dedicated event specialists will work closely with you to create an event that exceeds your expectations, while also remaining in alignment with state and local regulations with regard to group gatherings.


Public Hours Event Rentals can take place between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, November through February, or 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, March through October. On the day of the event, guests are able to enter the zoo beginning at the event rental start time until the Main Entrance Gates close at 4:00 PM. All Public Hours Event Rentals include full zoo access to our entire 80-acre campus, including indoor animal exhibit buildings, for your guests to enjoy during and after your private event rental, until we close to the public at 5:00 PM.

Rental Packages include a specific allotment of admission tickets, with additional tickets billed post-event based on attendance.

Please Note: Public Hours Event Buyouts are not available at the Denver Zoo. If you are interested in a Full Zoo Buyout, please check the After Hours Events page for details.

Please submit an inquiry form using the button below to talk to an event coordinator that can design a personal and unique experience just for your group.


Public Hours Event Venues

Denver Zoo's Public Hours Event Venues include both indoor and outdoor locations, perfect for groups of all sizes, including: Zoo Gardens, Norgren Hall, Primate Panorama Deck, Wildlife Plaza, The Studios, Kibongi Conference Room, and many more! Please see below for photos and further information.

Zoo Gardens Pavilion & Plaza

The largest event venue at the Denver Zoo, Zoo Gardens Pavilion and Plaza, can accommodate guests any time of year underneath the expansive, heated pavilion and adjoining outdoor patio plaza. This indoor/outdoor venue is perfect for large groups looking to have a wild time offering options for cocktails, dining, entertainment, a corporate presentation, or even a visit from our Animal Ambassadors!

Seated Capacity: 250 under pavilion, or 375 in pavilion & plaza

Standing Capacity: 300 under pavilion, or 500 in pavilion & plaza

Kibongi Conference Room

Add a unique twist to your next business meeting by hosting it in Kibongi Conference Room, our private conference room located above the Denver Zoo Gift Shop. The main conference room can seat up to 20 guests. Audio-visual equipment is included in all rentals to help make your meeting a success. This rental includes use of the Kibongi Flex Space, located just outside the conference room, which is perfect for serving lunch or as a secondary breakout area.

Seated Capacity: 20

Norgren Hall

Norgren Hall is our largest indoor facility, with large floor-to-ceiling windows and a spectacular view of Benson Predator Ridge and the gerenuk habitat.  Two air walls within the banquet hall can be used to create smaller spaces perfect for breakout rooms. This spacious event venue is ideal for a unique corporate meeting, private party, special occasion, or any indoor gathering.

Seated Capacity: 175

Standing Capacity: 250

Grasslands Studio & Tree Tops Studio

If a more intimate meeting is in order, The Studios (located inside the Gates Education Center) are ideal for a small meeting or get together. Grasslands and Tree Tops Studios are available individually utilizing a removable air wall, or can be combined for hosting a larger occasion. Private entrances are available in each room. These event spaces are ideal for small meetings, breakout rooms, or hospitality suites.

Seated Capacity: 40 (each room)

Standing Capacity: 65 (each room)


Gates Education Center Buyout

The Gates Education Center Buyout includes rental of Norgren Hall, Grasslands Studio, and Tree Tops Studio, along with the atrium and hallway that runs between them, all of which are located on the 1st floor of the Gates Education Center Building. This venue is located at the front of the zoo near the Main Entrance, which makes it easily accessible for guests. This rental space is perfect for large groups wanting an indoor venue with options to use the separate Studios as breakout session rooms or meeting spaces.

Seated Capacity: 250

Standing Capacity: 400


Primate Panorama Deck

Primate Panorama spans seven acres of lushly forested land,  allowing you to connect with multiple species of ape, monkey and lemur—and you could host your event on a private deck, tucked away within this amazing animal kingdom! Critically endangered western lowland gorillas and Sumatran orangutans roam freely in their separate spacious exhibits nearby while you enjoy your event from your umbrella-shaded table. The event space is ideal for corporate luncheons, happy hours, or relaxed outdoor gatherings, seasonally, April through October.

Seated Capacity: 40

Standing Capacity: 65


Wildlife Plaza

This open-air event venue gives your guests access to the vibrant area opposite our state-of-the-art Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital. Enjoy a private, shaded plaza where your guests can mingle and eat while enjoying spectacular views of wild dogs, cape buffalo, and our black rhino, Rudy, as they explore and play. If a more casual event is at hand, Wildlife Plaza is just the place for you. This outdoor venue is available seasonally, April through October.

Seated Capacity: 100

Standing Capacity: 200


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Your event deserves the most enchanting Denver event venue available—and they're ALL right here at Denver Zoo. For additional information on our venues, please click below to submit an inquiry.