Autumn festival

October 7-8, 14–15, 21–22, and 28–29


The San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrates the season of color with amazing wildlife, special entertainment, and culinary comforts that create heartwarming memories and good old-fashioned family fun. The following are included with Safari Park admission or membership:


Pumpkin owl statue

Welcome Pumpkin Owl

  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (continuous)
  • Inside turnstiles, adjacent to Safari Outfitters

“Harvest the Owl” welcomes guests throughout the month of October, and makes for a perfect photo spot to kick off your day or end your Autumn Festival visit to the Safari Park.

Safari Park Radio 197.2

Safari Park Radio 197.2

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (continuous)
  • Safari Base Camp

Safari Park Radio 197.2 returns, broadcasting an upbeat, modern country soundtrack that will make you want to jump up and line dance at Safari Base Camp.


robert the zebra

Robert the Zebra

  • Daily
  • 11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Nairobi Station, Nairobi Village

Everyone's favorite animated Zebra will interact and greet guests of all ages, and educate and inform them in a fun and playful way about wildlife and the environment.


Autumn Festival Jamboree

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

Our Not-so-Scary Scarecrows lead this hoedown full of interactive country dances and fun for guests of all ages.

Barn owl band.

The Barn Owls

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 5:45 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

Join this musical trio as they perform traditional country and bluegrass favorites.

Two scarecrow characters.

Not-So-Scary Scarecrows

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. (continuous)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

Our playful and interactive characters will meet and greet guests, as well as encourage them to venture into the Village Playground.

Family walks in a hay maze

A-MAZE-ing Autumn Adventure

  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (continuous)
  • Village Playground, Nairobi Village

Young Explorers will love navigating through this experience as they seek out clues to find Southwest wildlife, and make their way through all the twists and turns.

Lanterns floating on water at the Safari Park


  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 6:45 p.m. (7 minutes)
  • Lagoon Loop, Nairobi Village

What better way to end your Autumn Festival evening than by watching floating, flickering lanterns as they dance in this choreographed, original musical journey around the world.


Safari Parker character waving.

Safari Parker

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. (30 minutes)
  • Burrowing owls habitat, Condor Trail

Our explorer and adventurer extraordinaire will regale guests with his knowledge of wildlife, specifically about burrowing owls and plants that thrive during autumn.

ShopZoo Safari Summer on the Savanna
Safari Summer on the Savanna

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SDZWA adventures botswana elephant
SDZWA Adventures

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Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts


Groom and bride embracing as a giraffe looks on in the distance.
Wild Weddings

Picture Your Special Day at the Park!