John Ball Zoo transforms for Wizarding Weekends

Community News |Sep 8, 2020|2 min read

GRAND RAPIDS MI – As the season turns to fall and school begins, a magical change begins to occur at John Ball Zoo. It’s a time when the distinguished magical Zoo staff give lessons in caring for fantastical beasts. It’s time for magic.

John Ball Zoo is officially inviting all wizards, witches, and muggles alike to Wizarding Weekends. For two enchanting weekends, the Zoo will magically transform for this family- friendly event. From entering Nocturnal Alley, to exploring the Forbidden Forest, there is much for every wizarding fan to enjoy.

Join JBZ in the realms, hollows, and platforms throughout the magical grounds. Time to renew your imagination and brush up on your spells. Costumes are highly encouraged so put on your robes and grab your wand, and visit the fantastic beasts of the muggle world.

Wizarding Weekends at John Ball Zoo happens for two weekends starting September 12 – 13 and again September 19 – 20, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day. Note, JBZ is continuing to plan the most exciting Wizarding Weekends possible while keeping social distancing in mind.

JBZ recommends reserving your timed entry tickets online prior to visiting. Tickets could be available for those who walk-up but the Zoo cannot guarantee these will be available. Tickets can be reserved at

You can find out more about the event online at John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. For questions or for more information, call (616) 336-4301 or email