Oakland Zoo

East Bay




A truly memorable experience waits at the Oakland Zoo, just less than 30 minutes from San Francisco. Your wedding celebration at the Snow Building creates a magical reception atmosphere for you and your guests to remember your nuptials for years to come. The Snow Building provides expansive views of the Bay Area and an unforgettable setting for your big day. Walk down the aisle of a delightful patio with all your friends and family there to witness your vows. Later, your guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the patio and surrounding lush lawn. Dinner and dancing take place inside the spacious Snow Building. A wall of windows allows lots of natural light and plenty of romantic ambiance as the sunsets over the bay and the twinkling lights of the city begin to sparkle. Your special day is truly special at the Oakland Zoo.

Venue Style

Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, City/Skyline View, Ballrooms, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 175 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 125 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 175 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 125 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start as early as 8:00AM. Events must end by 12:30AM. The ride area and picnic are are unavailable for rental after 5:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $550 to $1,400 for ceremony and reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee ranging from $75/hr to $150/hr. Discounted $5.00 parking passes are provided on Saturday and Sundays and free public parking is offered Monday through Friday. Security is required for events starting after 5:00PM. A refundable security deposit ranges from $250 to $500 is required. Please inquire with the venue's reservations staff for specific rental space information.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Oakland Zoo is estimated at between $5,196 and $16,111 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Music must end by 12:30AM