Zoo Knoxville




Located in East Knoxville, minutes from downtown. We help make it easy to plan a unique event that your guests will remember for years to come. Enjoy a cocktail while watching gorillas and chimpanzees explore their unique habitats. Treat your guests to an exotic reception, they never have experienced before. With our spectacular and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, Knoxville Zoo can accommodate events for 2 to 400 guests. Host your special day with us. Remember that all proceeds from your event help care for Knoxville Zoo’s animals and keep the zoo open 363 days a year. Your event is your safari, ceremony and cocktail hour locations include lions in Valley of the Kings, elephants and giraffe in Grasslands, waterfall area in front of the bear exhibit, and many more nature areas along the way! Schedule your tour today!

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Event Center, Community Center, Park/Garden, Rainforest, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 100 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 500 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 80 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 500 guests

Time Restrictions

Bridal party can have unlimited time within the zoo, generally they arrive at noon to begin hair and makeup in the dressing areas. The ceremony will start after the zoo has been cleared of guests, about 6:30 pm, cocktail hour and reception to follow ending at midnight, however more time can be requested.

Rental Fees

Ceremony and reception packages start at $2,500 and extend to $5,000 depending on guest numbers and add-ons. Packages include ceremony and reception venues, tables, chairs, lap length linens, setup and breakdown, dressing rooms for bridal party, unlimited use of zoo grounds with prior approval, parking, security, and wedding coordinator, decor items such as plant centerpieces, votive candles, arches, and pedestals, complimentary cake cutting service, one year zoo membership for the bride and groom. Lee Congleton Conference Center- 80 guests, $2,500. Event Tent- 15-99 guests, $3,000. Event Tent- 100-500 guests, $3,500. Reception Only Packages Lee Congleton Conference Center- 80 guests $1,500 Event Tent- 15-99 guests $2,000 Event Tent- 200-500 guests $2,500 Rehearsal Dinner Packages Any location $300 - use our preferred caterer and rental is $100

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Zoo Knoxville is estimated at between $6,475 and $11,823 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Votive candles
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Exclusive caterer for venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by midnight