San Diego Zoo Festival of Flight. November 10 - 13.
Activities. Feathers & wings of all  varieties are sure to thrill as we celebrate birds & aviation


LOCATION: Front Plaza
SHOWTIMES: Daily 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Start your avian adventure with "Doc" at the Zoo's entrance. Learn about what's in store for Festival of Flight, take a plant tour and get to know more about the Zoo's browse program from our horticulture experts, and dance with Zoo mascots Sydney and Matilda Koala.


LOCATION: Front Street near Zoo Entrance
HOURS: Daily at 9 a.m.

Don't miss our most spectacular free-flight demonstration ever! Watch as a flock of macaws zooms overhead in this noisy and colorful demonstration of avian aviation.


LOCATION: Front Street Stage
HOURS: Daily at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

The amazing Nicole Perretta can perform 160 different bird calls. Drop by, engage your bird brain, and see how many you can do! 


LOCATION: Wegeforth Bowl
HOURS: Daily at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Discover one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego as our zany camp counselors try to contain the chaos of summer camp.  You are enlisted as a camper during this delightful little summer camp where animals rule the roost.


LOCATION: Children's Zoo Clark Theater
HOURS: Daily at Noon, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.

The Zoo's most beloved doctor returns with a fun show taking a page from his favorite shows like Animal Outlaws and Animal Camouflage and goes all "bird brained." Drop by and join the fun!


LOCATION: Front Street Stage
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Swoop, soar, and perch right here throughout the day as some of our most experienced aerial artists strut their stuff from the stage at Bronze Gorillas. 


LOCATION: Skyfari East Pool
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Representatives from the Air and Space Museum will be on hand to celebrate human aviation and space-flight history.  Learn about the men and women who forged aerospace history.

While there, check in with our colleagues from our sister facility, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Learn all about Flightline Safari, the ultimate recreational experience for those looking for excitement.  Secure and comfortable in your harness, you will soar as high as 160 feet above the ground with rhinos, deer, and more in the fields below you. Drop by and learn how you can fly!


LOCATION: Discovery Outpost Picnic Area
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Join our Zoo Scavenger Hunt for a chance to earn Festival of Flight stickers and kids postcards.

Check out the Kids Craft Booth for a family affair to join in on some crafty activities for your "flock of hatchlings." Make a glider, build a flyer, see some unique eggs and nests, and take your chance spinning the Condor Quiz Wheel.

Scope out our Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour. During this 2-hour tour, get a special peak behind-the-scenes at our bird aviaries, and learn how we take care of these special feathered friends of ours. You’ll be part of a small intimate group (maximum 7, $70 per person) that will tour the Zoo in a VIP cart and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with other flying specimens, feed some “raven-ous” birds their special snacks, and meet a bird keeper.


LOCATION: Exit Sign on Front Street
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Swing by and meet some of our fearless flyers of today as they share stories, hand out surprises, and celebrate this year's Century of Naval Aviation.  2011 marks 100 years of mission-ready men and women flying in the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard teams. 

The San Diego Zoo’s Conservation Research team will be proudly displaying condor tracking devices and talking about critically endangered local birds such as the cactus wren. 

Across the way from our scientific friends you can find the Adopt an Avian booth.  Be a good egg and sign up and get an adorably flighty plush!


LOCATION: Zoo Store on Front Street
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Our veterinary and hospital staff will show you many of the tools, procedural devices, and props our vet techs and keepers use. There will be some games and activities related to being a vet as well as some real and toy aids for kids to see and touch. 

Find our fantastical flight plush cart and feathered face creations at this location.


LOCATION: Entrance to Zoofari Party Area
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Representatives from the famous USS Midway will be here throughout the event to share stories, memorabilia, and their personal experiences aboard some of our finest naval vessels that launched many different kinds of aircraft.  Imagine that you are in a cockpit far above the ocean searching for that friendly island known as Midway.  By the way, you can get a photo op in a climb-in airplane cockpit.


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