Gay Day at the Zoo 2024

Mark your calendars because on Sunday, May 5th from 10am to 3pm, we will be having our annual Gay Day at the Zoo event!  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. Let’s fill the Zoo with rainbows! Wear rainbow to represent our community and show you are a part of the event! Support the work of the DC LGBTQ+ Community Center which educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

TICKETS – Everyone must reserve tickets online before the event. Reserve your tickets and visit the schedule.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  – Scratch Art Craft Station | Great Meadow

Get creative and design your very own animal mask! Let your imagination run wild and scratch unique, rainbow-colored patterns on the mask of your choice.

10 a.m. – GenOUT Youth Chorus | Great Meadow Stage  

The GenOUT Youth Chorus is the Washington, D.C. area’s only vocal ensemble for LGBTQ+ and allied youth. An outreach ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., GenOUT operates to give LGBTQ+ and allied youth a voice through song, and to connect that voice to community.

11 a.m.  – Ants on a Log Family Concert | Great Meadow Stage

Ants on a Log is a Philadelphia-based music trio who plays humorous songs for children and other childlike people.  Join us for this special concert, which features themes of environmental education, climate justice, inclusion, queer identity, and community!

12 p.m.  – Community Picnic with SMYAL, the DC LGBTQ+ Community Center, and Rainbow Families | Great Meadow

Grab lunch at one of the various dining options throughout the park and head to the Great Meadow for a community picnic. Meet other families, staff from locally-based LGTBQ+ community organizations, and play lawn games provided by the DC LGBTQ+ Community Center.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  – Daytime Dance Party with Les the DJ | Great Meadow

Les the DJ, aka Les Talusan, is a DJ whose musical practice immerses audiences in the joy of community-powered discovery. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Les has been based in Washington, D.C. for over 20 years. Fueled by their own story of resilience, liberation and courage as an immigrant, parent and survivor, Les centers the songs cherished, remembered and celebrated by people of the global diaspora.

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