SPECIAL EVENTS

**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 on 7/19 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Zoo Grounds
7/19/2018

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 19 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
7/19/2018
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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.


Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
7/22/2018
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Join us from 9-10 a.m. during the 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


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
7/24/2018
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on every Tuesday through August from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for 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.


Groovin' In The Garden - Flamin' Oh's

Enchanted Garden
7/25/2018
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


American Sign Language Interpretive Day

Various Locations
8/1/2018
10:30 am

American Sign Language Interpretive Day take place on the first Wednesday 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 10:30AM-1:15PM.


Groovin' In The Garden - Alex Rossi Trio

Enchanted Garden
8/1/2018
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment MORE


Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Japanese Garden
8/19/2018
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 20th 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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.


Spring Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
3/16/2019
10:00 am

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


Summer Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
4/27/2019
10:00 am

The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows.