SPECIAL EVENTS

Groovin' In The Garden - The Bad Companions

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/29/2016
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


Groovin' In The Garden - The Katy Vernon Band

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/6/2016
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


Groovin' In The Garden - The Morning Kings

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/13/2016
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


Groovin' In The Garden featuring Jaedyn James & The Hunger

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/20/2016
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


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

Zoo Grounds
7/21/2016

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 21 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.


Travelers Sunset Affair

Zoo Grounds
7/21/2016
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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ The Auctioneers

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/27/2016
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. Food, ice cream, soda, beer, and wine will be available to purchase.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden - Band to be announced soon!

Visitor Center Courtyard
8/3/2016
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


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Japanese Garden
8/21/2016
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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/22/2016 to 10/23/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/29/2016 to 10/30/2016
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.