SPECIAL EVENTS

Groovin' In The Garden ~ Dred I Dread

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/8/2015
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 Amendment


Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Umbrella Bed

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/15/2015
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 Amendment MORE


**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
7/16/2015

TODAY, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory will cut its visiting hours short by three hours–but it’s for a very good cause. On July 16 at 3 p.m., Como will close to allow our team of volunteers to prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair, the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. MORE


Travelers Sunset Affair

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
7/16/2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Travelers Sunset Affair is the highlight of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s social calendar. It attracts over 400 of the Twin Cities most influential leaders, representing business, government, media, philanthropy and the arts. Always an entertaining evening, this high-caliber event raises funds to help make possible improved animal exhibits, beautiful gardens and daily educational programs provided free of charge to all visitors.

The Zoo and Conservatory will be closing at 3:00 PM in preparation of Sunset Affair. MORE


Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Band TBA

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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 Amendment


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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 Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Band TBA

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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 Amendment


Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Band TBA

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/29/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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 Amendment


Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


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


Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
7/13/2015
10:30 am
7/20/2015
10:30 am
7/27/2015
10:30 am
8/3/2015
10:30 am
8/10/2015
10:30 am
8/17/2015
10:30 am
8/24/2015
10:30 am
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day 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.


Just Zoo It!

Various Locations
9/12/2015 to 9/13/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We’re getting in shape with our very own kid-friendly, animal-themed exercises and activities! From Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13, kids can test their skills at animal-themed exercise based activity stations throughout the zoo. Visitors will receive a “Back to School Fitness Report Card” when they enter.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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.