The Potawatomi Zoo is debuting the Family Fall Festival, a new event Saturday, September 26, from 3-8 pm. The Zoo will be closed for regular hours that day.

“We wanted to give families of all kinds a unique experience at the Zoo,” says Josh Sisk, executive director of the Potawatomi Zoo. “Autumn is such a great time to visit because so many animals love the cooler weather, and we’re looking forward to giving them pumpkins and other enrichment you might not see every day.”

Each ticket includes admission to the Zoo for one person, unlimited train and carousel rides, and one individually packaged adult or children’s meal for the safety and convenience of guests.

“It’s a chance to have a picnic at the Zoo! You can have dinner by Masamba the white rhino, or eat while you watch the bobcats,” says Connie Varga, the Zoo’s special events manager. “Because it’s limited capacity, we can do so many fun activities like offer unlimited attraction rides, open the playground, and offer Zoo Farm and fish feeding again.”

There will be live music in the Picnic Grove by UltraFab, improv and music by the Round Barn bar, games like soccer, set up on the lawn by the otters, music and chalk on the plaza, bubbles, a photo booth, and unique animal enrichment activities like pumpkin smashing.

The Zoo will also be selling beer slings pre-packaged with four beers to lessen lines and waiting at the bars.

Tickets for members are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets for non-members are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets must be purchased online at in advance. They will not be available at the gate in order to have a contactless entry. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

This event is sponsored by Centier Bank, Gordon’s Food Service, Burns Rent-Alls, and U-93.

Masks must be worn to enter the Zoo, inside buildings, and wherever social distancing is not possible outside.