Gay Day at the Zoo

Gay Day at the Zoo


May 5, 2019    
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed


National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Colunbia

Event Type

**This event is free and open to the public**

The annual Gay Day at the Zoo is a DC favorite for the LGBTQ community! For one day, hundreds of LGBTQ folks, families, and allies come together to show their pride and enjoy the animals and sights at the National Zoological Park. Fittingly the event takes place every year on International Family Equality Day and is a staple on the calendar for many LGBTQ families. This year we are excited to announce that we will be featuring programming for families, and youth ages 0 – 18.

Support the work of the DC Center which educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

A special thanks to our 2019 sponsors: Number Nine, Trade, Metro Weekly, Jennifer Fairfax Law Firm, LogoMotion, Steve Oatmayer Productions, Rainbow Families, and DCFYI. 


Gay Day At The Zoo &

International Family Equality Day Schedule*

8:30 am: Red Panda Rainbow Enrichment!*

9:00 am: T-shirt sales begin at Baked by Yael located

across the street from the zoo.

9:30 am: Free Tattoos at the DC Center/GDATZ booth!

10:00 am: Sloth Bear Rainbow Enrichment!*

11:00 am: Great Ape Rainbow Enrichment!*

12:00 pm: LGBT Family Picnic DC Center/GDATZ booth!

1:00 pm:

  • Giant Panda Rainbow Enrichment!*
  • Free Ice Cream by the DC Center/GDATZ Booth

1:30 pm: Small Mammal Rainbow Enrichment!*

2:00 pm:

  • Elephant Rainbow Enrichment!*
  • Clouded Leopard Rainbow Enrichment!*
  • DCs Different Drummers Performance*

(Bandshell at Lion-Tiger Hill)

5:00 pm: Gay Day At The Zoo After Party at Trade!


*The National Zoo is celebrating International Family Equality Day (IFED), which is the same day as Gay Day At The Zoo (GDATZ). A star indicates that this is an IFED event. This schedule lists all of the IFED rainbow enhanced events. For a full listing of the National Zoo’s International Family Equality Day schedule, please visit:



Number Nine Trade Jennifer Fairfax
DC Family Youth Initiative

T-shirts are no longer available for sale online, but they will be available for purchase outside Baked by Yael (across the street from the Connecticut Avenue entrance to the National Zoo) during Gay Day at the Zoo.


Bookings are closed for this event.

6 thoughts on “Gay Day at the Zoo”

  1. Is the cost of the shirt your admission fee to get in to the zoo? Or is this on top of the regular admission fee? Thanks!

    • Hi there,

      The event is free, but you are welcome to purchase a shirt to help support the DC Center! Hope to see you at the Zoo!

  2. I have already purchased T shirts online. If I happen to arrive late or I am unable to arrive, will I still be able to get my T shirt? If so, how?

    • Good Afternoon,

      I’ve forwarded your question to the team, they should be in touch directly. Thanks for reaching out!

      DC Center Team

    • Good Afternoon,

      I’ve forwarded your question to the team, they should be in touch directly. Thanks for reaching out!

      DC Center Team


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