SPECIAL EVENTS

Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
8/14/2019
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Join us from 9-10 a.m. during select dates for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. MORE


Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Japanese Garden
8/18/2019
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture will take center stage at the annual Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday.

Gates and exhibits open at 3pm

The day will culminate at dusk with the main event—the lantern lighting. Stone lanterns as well as hundreds of floating paper lanterns throughout the Japanese Garden pond and the Frog Pond will create a vision of peacefulness and harmony.

Admission is $5 per person. Admission for children ages 3-12 and Seniors 65 and over is $3, and those 2 and under are free.

You can easily avoid the parking challenges by following the signs to the free Como Shuttle. MORE


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
8/20/2019
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on every Tuesday through June from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside just for our 55-and-up aged friends. Each month will feature an opportunity to visit a part of the Zoo or Conservatory for a leisurely walk before the crowds as well as special activities and guests. This event is a great opportunity for Seniors to enjoy a free event that encourages being active and social with some adult learning to spice it up. These events are for those 55 and better only. While strolling the gardens with a grandchild is amazing, this time is reserved for only those 55+. Thank you for understanding. MORE


American Sign Language Interpretive Day

Various Locations
9/1/2019
11:00 am

American Sign Language Interpretive Day take place on the first Sunday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 11:00AM-2:00PM. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


Fall Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
10/5/2019
10:00 am

While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show always features a variety of Chrysanthemums.

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Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/5/2019 to 11/10/2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Unique flower arrangements that utilize the flowers, foliage and berries of autumn will be created by artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature.

The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way with flowers. Ikebana is an art, in the same sense that painting and sculpture are arts. It has a recorded history; backed up by articulate theories; and it is concerned with creativity. In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


Holiday Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
12/7/2019

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Whether you choose the lush greenery of the North Garden or the flowers in the Sunken Garden, this is the perfect opportunity to use the many gardens inside the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as a backdrop for your holiday family photos. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for their photo. $5 per person.


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/18/2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The 2019 Winter Flower Show will feature purple azaleas, jewel tones with dark red cyclamen, blue pansies, dark pink/maroon oriental lilies, veltheimia and various amaryllis. MORE


Spring Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
3/28/2020
10:00 am

The spring show will feature a wide variety of Tulips and Lilies! MORE