SPECIAL EVENTS

Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Music Under Glass Featuring The Katy Vernon Trio

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

“Katy Vernon has done something it’s not easy to do: sustain country roots, go pop, and be distinctly original at the same time.”

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 27 - February 28 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. (Please note: no shows on January 31 and February 14)


Enchanted Evening - A Valentine’s Dining Experience

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/12/2016
2/13/2016
2/14/2016

This Valentine’s Day, don’t just give your sweetheart flowers; take them where they can dine amongst them.

Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day.

Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner.
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Enchanted Evening - A Valentine’s Dining Experience

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/12/2016
2/13/2016
2/14/2016

This Valentine’s Day, don’t just give your sweetheart flowers; take them where they can dine amongst them.

Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day.

Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner.
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Music Under Glass Featuring The Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/21/2016
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 27 - February 28 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.


Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Conservatory
2/25/2016
7:00 pm

Escape from the chilly temperatures and enjoy a night out sampling more than 80 fine wines, locally brewed beer, and tidbits from area restaurants in the most beautiful winter setting in Minnesota -- the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Tickets online at www.comofriends.org or 651-487-8229 MORE


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/27/2016
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer? This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.
Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

For more information, visit http://www.minnesotaparent.com/campfair, email [email protected] or call Minnesota Parent at 612-825-9205.

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Music Under Glass Featuring Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/28/2016
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Combining what Minneapolis Star Tribune calls "timeless songwriting chops" with "tremendously played roots music" (Atlantic City Weekly), Hobo Nephews have tirelessly played, sang and stomped their own brand of Americana in big cities and small towns all over the country. The road tested duo has recorded 5 full length records. Their newest release, "American Shuffle" was produced by Trampled By Turtles violinist Ryan Young.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 27 - February 28 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 (please note there is no concert on January 31 and February 14).


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Mother's Day Bonsai Show

The Ordway Gardens
5/7/2016 to 5/8/2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work in the Ordway Gardens. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/28/2016 to 5/30/2016
11:30 am

Sparky takes the stage May 28, 29, and 30 at 11:30 and 3:00 . Join Sparky and her trainers for this family tradition!

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Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Blooming Butterflies Returns!

Blooming Butterflies Tent
6/17/2016 to 9/5/2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Blooming Butterflies Returns June 17 through September 5!

Back by popular demand, Blooming Butterflies will offer visitors a total immersion experience. The wildly popular exhibit can once again be found in a colorful 2,500 square foot greenhouse. Featuring a thriving butterfly habitat that over the course of the summer will become home to over 100 species of butterflies from around the world, guests will delight in their interactions with the fascinating winged-creatures.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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


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
2/7/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/6/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.