SPECIAL EVENTS

Holiday Flower Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
12/4/2014 to 1/4/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attracted at the Conservatory today. It is a visual sensation to behold featuring hundreds of poinsettias.


Santa Feeding the Reindeer

Zoo Grounds
12/19/2014
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
12/22/2014
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
12/23/2014
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

'Tis the season we've all been waiting for! While Santa and his elves check their "Naughty or Nice" lists, his flight crew is preparing for their merry trip around the globe. If you’ve been good, you may see Santa visit his reindeer on December 19, 22, and 23 at 1 PM. MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring the Dean Magraw Trio

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
12/28/2014
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Dean Magraw is a guitar wizard who can span genres from jazz to rock, celtic to Indian. Joining Dean will be award winning musicians Jim Anton on bass and JT Bates on drums.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Noon Year's Party with Twin Cities Road Crew

Visitor Center
12/31/2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2015
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

A family event so popular, we're doing it twice! Ring in the "Zoo" year during a special Noon Year's Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Join us for dancing, music, fun and games hosted by the Twin Cities Road Crew! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.

Minnesota College Savings Plan will have information on college savings accounts, folders, bookmarks, and growth charts. They will have a Register To Win Box, and will be offering $100 towards a new or existing savings plan.


Music Under Glass Featuring the Parisota Hot Club

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/4/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Parisota Hot Club plays in the vein of Django Reinhardt/Stéphane Grappelli music ( Hot Club, Gypsy Jazz, String Swing, take your pick...) mixed with '60's Pop tunes and noir style movie themes.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Music Under Glass Featuring the Jake Jones Band

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/11/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Jake Jones was born and raised on the frozen plains of Minnesota, where he spent endless winter nights picking his guitar and crafting solemn songs about love, life, and the in-between.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Music Under Glass Featuring the Dan Israel Trio

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/18/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

"Writing and performing great songs for the last 15 years, Dan Israel is easily one of the Twin Cities’ un-anointed poet laureates, steadfastly making his way into the ranks of local singer/songwriter legends like Paul Westerberg. Whether it’s with a full band or as a solo act, his work contains elements of intimacy and, as he again demonstrates on his (2011 release), “Crosstown Traveler,” an engaging simplicity that makes his deep music accessible to any audience. His performances showcase these same qualities." – Minneapolis + St. Paul / Secrets of the City

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/24/2015 to 1/25/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 24 and 25 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission with Winter Carnival button). MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


Music Under Glass Featuring
The May North

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

With a sound that’s part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Music Under Glass Featuring The Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/8/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The affable Erik Brandt was surprisingly specific when asked to describe what his group’s name, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, means. “‘Urban’ describes the rock; ‘hillbilly’ is the Americana, folk and country; and ‘quartet’ is jazz, improvisation and our instrumental music, with tinges of eastern European melodies.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/22/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Café Accordion Orchestra is valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas,cumbia and more, delivered with French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/28/2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Get a jump on summer planning and meet one-on-one with representatives from over 50 unique summer camps. Browse options ranging from all-season sleep-a-ways to weeklong day camps, horseback riding to technology retreats, arts, music, sports camps and beyond. Head into the summer months knowing your child will be making new friends and building skills in an environment that best suits them. Let Minnesota Parent's Camp Fair take the stress out of summer planning and enjoy a crafting creation station, face-painting and a few of Como's animals out on display at the Fair!

For more information, visit mnparent.com/or call Minnesota Parent at 612-825-9205.
Sponsored by Minnesota College Savings Plan.
FREE ADMISSION MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Sarah Morris

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, demure and daring, Sarah allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with a unique combination of unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness: authentic portraits of love, loss, gratitude and regret.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 from 4:30-6:30. The music is also piped in to the Palm Dome and North Garden for your listening and strolling enjoyment. Beer and wine available to purchase.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/23/2015
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. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.