SPECIAL EVENTS

Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
2/10/2019
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Join us from 9-10 a.m. during 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


Music Under Glass featuring Matt Arthur & The Bratlanders

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/10/2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Matt Arthur is a Southern Minnesota blind man with a voice that calls to mind Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave. The Bratlanders bring a time-worn authenticity to their rootsy sound — a Weird Old American blend of rustic folk, old-time blues, early country-western, indie dirges, and bombastic rock & roll.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 6 - March 3 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 show on January 27) MORE


Enchanted Evening - A Valentine’s Dining Experience - SOLD OUT

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/14/2019 to 2/16/2019
5:30 pm

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.
Seatings will be at 5:30pm and 8:00pm. MORE


Love In Bloom Weekend!

Visitor Center
2/16/2019 to 2/18/2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Flee the cold and warm up at our "Love In Bloom" special event over President’s Day Weekend, February 16, 17 and 18.

Kids will love the games, crafts, silly selfie station, special animal visitors, storytime, zoo keeper and gardener talks!


Music Under Glass Featuring Lydia Liza

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/17/2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless,

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 6 - March 3 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 show on January 27) MORE


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
2/19/2019
9:00 am
3/5/2019
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on select Tuesdays 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 MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Lucy Michelle

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/24/2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Lucy Michelle is a songwriter as serious as they come taking us on a journey of American pop music in the classic sense.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 6 - March 3 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 show on January 27) MORE


Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Conservatory
2/28/2019
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. MORE


American Sign Language Interpretive Day

Various Locations
3/3/2019
10:30 am

American Sign Language Interpretive Day take place on the first Sunday 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 11:00AM-2:00PM. MORE


Music Under Glass with New Riverside Ramblers

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/3/2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The New Riverside Ramblers band brings high-energy Cajun dance music from the prairies and bayous of south Louisiana to the other end of the Mississippi River. The members of the band have been immersed in Cajun music for decades.

MARDI GRAS AT THE MMC!

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 6 - March 3 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 show on January 27) MORE


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
2/19/2019
9:00 am
3/5/2019
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on select Tuesdays 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 MORE


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! MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/31/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/19/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/23/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
7/21/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
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.


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. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/31/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/19/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/23/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
7/21/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
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.


Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Japanese Garden
8/18/2019
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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/31/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/19/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/23/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
7/21/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
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.


Fall Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
10/5/2019
10:00 am

While many Minnesota gardens are winding down for the winter season, the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory will be in full bloom! The Fall Flower Show always features a variety of Chrysanthemums.

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Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/31/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/19/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/23/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
7/21/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
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.


Holiday Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
12/7/2019

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/31/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/19/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/23/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
7/21/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/15/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/20/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/17/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2019
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/15/2019
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.


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/18/2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The 2019 Winter Flower Show will feature purple azaleas, jewel tones with dark red cyclamen, blue pansies, dark pink/maroon oriental lilies, veltheimia and various amaryllis. MORE