SPECIAL EVENTS

**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 To Prepare for ZooBoo**

Zoo Grounds
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017
3:00 pm

We will close at 3:00pm on October 21-22 & 28-29 in preparation for ZooBoo. We open back up at 4:30 for all of Mummy's ghosts & goblins to enjoy a NON scary time at ZooBoo! Tickets available at the door!


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
10/22/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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

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 To Prepare for ZooBoo**

Zoo Grounds
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017
3:00 pm

We will close at 3:00pm on October 21-22 & 28-29 in preparation for ZooBoo. We open back up at 4:30 for all of Mummy's ghosts & goblins to enjoy a NON scary time at ZooBoo! Tickets available at the door!


ZooBoo

Zoo Grounds
10/21/2017 to 10/22/2017
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/28/2017 to 10/29/2017
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

ZooBoo is a non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children. For this unique fall fundraiser, the grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! Over 200 live costumed characters interact and entertain children. This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus many Halloween surprises.  

Como will close at 3:00 to prepare for ZooBoo. MORE


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/6/2017 to 11/12/2017
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
10/22/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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

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
10/22/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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

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

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) MORE


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/13/2018

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


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)


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!


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.


**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.