SPECIAL EVENTS

Party for the Planet sponsored by Xcel Energy

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
4/25/2014 to 4/27/2014
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve! Earth Day is April 22, but we’re stretching it out and celebrating the following weekend with our annual “Party for the Planet”, in partnership with Xcel Energy. Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball. You’ll leave with some great ideas for reducing your own impact on the planet, and improving our natural habitats.


Summer Flower Show Opening Day!

Sunken Garden
5/3/2014
10:00 am

The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest plant diversity of any of the Sunken Garden Flower Shows, as well as the longest duration.


Mother's Day Bonsai Show

The Ordway Gardens
5/10/2014 to 5/11/2014
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Minnesota Bonsai Society Mother's Day Weekend Bonsai Show is a unique opportunity to see privately owned bonsai.  Bonsai are 'trees in pots' and are an ancient art form from Japan that blends artistic vision and horticultural expertise.  Each bonsai represents nature in miniature and creates appreciation for the aesthetic of great age and rugged form.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/18/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/22/2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/24/2014 to 5/25/2014

Join Sparky and her trainers as we read classic bedtime tales reinterpreted with an environmentally friendly twist. Sparky will add her famous flare to tales such as: Sparkylocks and the Three Seals, Sparky and the Frog Prince, Sparky and the Bean Stalk, Sparky and the Seven Recyclables, and The Princess and the Fish. These treasured tales will educate guests about ocean life, rainforest adventures, frogs, and much more.

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Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
5/26/2014
10:30 am
5/26/2014
11:45 am
5/26/2014
12:40 pm

Join us every Monday at 10:30, 11:45 & 12:40 as members of the Jack Brass Band lead a Second Line Parade through the zoo grounds!

Music Mondays is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


Chipotle Edible Garden Grand Opening Weekend

Edible Garden Tent
6/13/2014 to 6/14/2014
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Como’s seasonal exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home. MORE


Groovin' In The Garden with Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/18/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/18/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/22/2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Groovin' In The Garden with The Jack Brass Band

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/25/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with Trailer Trash

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/2/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with Black Diet

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/9/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with Malamanya

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/16/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with Southside Desire

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/23/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with The Melvilles

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/30/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with The Limns

Visitor Center Courtyard
8/6/2014
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket & join us for these FREE outdoor concerts & activities on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Ammendment and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/17/2014
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Explore the art, music, food, martial arts and cultural traditions of Japan at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday.
Gates and exhibits open at 3pm, with various performances starting at 3:30.
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 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


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