SPECIAL EVENTS

Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Holiday Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
12/2/2017

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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Holiday Tea & Behind the Scenes Tour

North Garden
12/6/2017
11:00 am
12/6/2017
2:00 pm

Leave the cool weather outside and delight in an afternoon garden tea service in the beautiful Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Guests will dine on a scrumptious 3 course tea service and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Conservatory. Tickets $40 before Thanksgiving or $45 after Thanksgiving. Space is limited and reservations are required. 651-487-8250.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Noon Year's Party

Visitor Center
12/31/2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2018
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

A family event so popular, we're doing it twice! Ring in the "Zoo" year during a special Noon Year's Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Kidsdance, Minnesota's favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.


Music Under Glass Featuring Paul Metsa

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/7/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Paul Metsa is a legendary musician and songwriter from Minnesota. Born on the Iron Range, he has been based in Minneapolis since 1978. He has received seven Minnesota Music Awards and has played more than five thousand gigs, including forays to Iceland and Siberia.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/13/2018

Get out of the cold, Minnesota winter and explore the Winter Flower Show!


PolarPalooza!

Visitor Center
1/13/2018 to 1/15/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

During the weekend of January 13-15, watch Arctic Fox training sessions, and see what skills polar bears use to hunt seals under the ice while your kids take part in cold-weather craft activities. The weekend’s special events will include special Zookeeper talks and Story Time!


Music Under Glass Featuring Astronomique

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/14/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Fusing infectious dance beats with darkly beautiful waves of psychedelic synths, fuzzed out guitars, and hypnotic vocals in a futuristic yet impassioned onslaught.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Music Under Glass Featuring Siama’s Congo World Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/21/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Featuring renowned cellist Jacqueline Ultan, this quartet creates a unique fusion by blending a colorful palette of musical influences with Siama's traditional Congolese music, resulting in an uplifting and spirited tapestry filled with lush textures and dramatic nuance.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/27/2018 to 1/28/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 27 and 28 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul from 10am to 4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 ($1 off admission for Como Friends Members and for visitors with Winter Carnival button).


Music Under Glass Featuring Dusty Heart

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/11/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of Dusty Heart.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Winter Safari Weekend

Visitor Center
2/17/2018 to 2/19/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Get out of the Minnesota Tundra and take a Safari through the Conservatory's tropical gardens! The weekend’s special events will include special Zookeeper talks and Story Time!


Music Under Glass Featuring FLOWTUS

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/18/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

FLOWTUS, is a Twin Cities based band consisting of Angie Lynch, Katya Weinstine, Janani Logendran, and Melissa Tangye. They draw their influences from a plethera of genres that range from blues, country, punk, and folk.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Conservatory
2/22/2018
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 beginning Dec. 17. MORE


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/24/2018
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.

FREE ADMISSION


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/25/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Café Accordion Orchestra is valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas,cumbia and more, delivered with French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Music Under Glass Featuring The Dead Pigeons

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/4/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The Dead Pigeons have come to be known for their infectious, foot stomping sound - an original mix of upbeat barroom bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. One day they excel at corralling a rowdy festival crowd and the next they are captivating a discerning theater audience.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


Music Under Glass Featuring Heatwave & Landman

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/11/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Delta blues meets British Invasion pop meets garage rock in Heatwave & Landman, the new collaboration from Chris “Heatwave” Holm & Mark “Landman” Larson, the original rhythm section of Minneapolis stomp rockers, The 4onthefloor.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 28 and February 4)


All Things Green Weekend Presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
3/17/2018 to 3/18/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hop into Como for a weekend fun of family fun featuring games, crafts, special Zookeeper talks and Gardener talks.


Spring Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
3/17/2018
10:00 am

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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


Party for the Planet presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
4/21/2018 to 4/22/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve! Earth Day is April 22, and we’re throwing our annual “Party for the Planet,” in partnership with Xcel Energy. Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball. You’ll leave with some great ideas for reducing your own impact on the planet, and improving our natural habitats.


Summer Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
4/28/2018
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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.


**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
11/19/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/2/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/10/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/17/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
1/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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.