SPECIAL EVENTS

Senior Strolls

Various Locations
4/23/2019
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on every Tuesday through June 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


Como Town Opening Day

ComoTown
4/27/2019
10:00 am

Kids and adults will be thrilled on the wide variety of kid friendly rides including Tiger Trax Roller Coaster, The Tornado and The Kiddie Grand Prix.

Please note, opening day will be dependent on the weather. MORE


Party for the Planet presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
4/27/2019 to 4/28/2019
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.

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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


Como: Making A Global Impact

Exhibit Gallery
4/28/2019
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Join us for a new, free series Sundays in April and May at 10:30am (excluding April 21). Learn how Como Park Zoo and Conservatory staff are making a global impact. Thanks to a generous grant from Como Friends. Como’s staff have the opportunity to partner with reputable conservation organizations around the world to learn, research, share expertise and aid in global and local conservation efforts. Como’s Conservation Champions are passionate and excited to share their experiences.

Como: Making A Global Impact Lecture Series is funded in part with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage. MORE


American Sign Language Interpretive Day

Various Locations
5/5/2019
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


Mother\'s Day Bonsai Show

Visitor Center
5/11/2019 to 5/12/2019
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 on the Covered Porch. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!


Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
5/12/2019
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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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.


Groovin In The Garden - Innocent Reggae Band

Enchanted Garden
6/5/2019
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment MORE


Groovin In The Garden - Kiss The Tiger

Enchanted Garden
6/12/2019
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin In The Garden - Band TBA

Enchanted Garden
6/19/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/26/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/3/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/10/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/17/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/24/2019
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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.


Groovin In The Garden - Band TBA

Enchanted Garden
6/19/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/26/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/3/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/10/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/17/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/24/2019
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 on 7/18 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Zoo Grounds
7/18/2019

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 18 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
7/18/2019
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

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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.


Groovin In The Garden - Band TBA

Enchanted Garden
6/19/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/26/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/3/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/10/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/17/2019
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/24/2019
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 in the Enchanted Garden.

Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is sponsored by KFAI Radio, Pioneer Press and TwinCities.com. Groovin\\\\\\\' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


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
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
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.


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/5/2019 to 11/10/2019
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

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
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
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


Spring Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
3/28/2020
10:00 am

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