San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco



The San Francisco Zoo is an exotic wedding venue to escape to. You and your guests will enjoy the natural variety of the zoo’s flora and fauna while celebrating in style. The San Francisco Zoo offers accommodation for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. You may find yourself married in the African Savanna with giraffes and zebras, enjoying a drink in the historic 1940’s Lion House, and dancing the night away in the Bernard Osher Great Hall, a beautiful rustic suite with high beam ceilings and slate floors. If these sites don’t quite suit your taste, perhaps you and your guests will hang in the contemporary Lemur Lounge or Tropical Rainforest. The venue’s wide selection of areas throughout the zoo allows your wedding to be customizable. The zoo team works hard to see that your day is extremely special, with the option to source floral arrangements from in house gardens. Guests will find themselves on an adventure as they roam through exhibitions from one activity to the next! The San Francisco Zoo is a gorgeous and wild venue fit for an unforgettable celebration.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 150 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 150 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 150 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up begins at 5:00PM or when the zoo closes, whichever is sooner. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $3,000 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. There is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. Extended hours must be approved and require an additional security and staffing fee. The set up fee for a ceremony ranges from $0 to $750 with reception rental. A non-refundable security deposit of 25% of the food and beverage cost is required; in addition to a 100% of the rental fee is required.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at San Francisco Zoo is estimated at between $18,537 and $24,965 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Venue set up and clean up
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot
Free parking for evening weddings

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
All food and beverage handled by venue
Food & beverage minimum
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 10:30PM
No balloons