SPECIAL EVENTS

Como Friends Reuse Recycle Sale

Zoo Grounds
9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Calling all upcyclers, DIYers, and bargain hunters! Como Friends is cleaning house, uncovering countless treasures now in need of a new home. Get a great deal on hundreds of costumes, trimmings, tea sets, silverware, fabric, tools and gift shop fixtures at this one-time sale, with all proceeds to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The event is free and open to the public. MORE


Washed Ashore Weekend Presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the last few weeks of our special exhibit "Washed Ashore". Craft, activity and play stations, special Zookeeper Talks, Gardener Talks, and a Sculpture Scavenger Hunt, MORE


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
10/2/2018
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on the first Tuesday of every month 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.


American Sign Language Interpretive Day

Various Locations
10/3/2018
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.


Fall Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
10/6/2018
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.

The Fall Flower Show will run October 6 - October 28, and November 3 - November 25


Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
10/14/2018
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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
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.


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/5/2018 to 11/11/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Unique flower arrangements that utilize the flowers, foliage and berries of autumn will be created by artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature.

The growing appreciation of Japanese art and architecture in the West has extended to the Japanese way with flowers. Ikebana is an art, in the same sense that painting and sculpture are arts. It has a recorded history; backed up by articulate theories; and it is concerned with creativity. In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
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 Annie Mack

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/6/2019
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Annie Mack delivers her songs with power, soul and conviction. A dynamic vocalist and charismatic performer, she takes the audience on a journey; from velvet lined melodic depths to exciting, gritty, full bodied church hollers.

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)


Music Under Glass with New Riverside Ramblers

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

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. (Please note: no show on January 27) 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!


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.


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.