SPECIAL EVENTS

ZooBoo

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
10/18/2014 to 10/19/2014
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/24/2014 to 10/26/2014
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

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
10/26/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/23/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/10/2014 to 11/16/2014
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
10/26/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/23/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/7/2014
8:00 am to 10:00 am

Gather the family for pictures in one of our gardens. It's also a great opportunity for artists and photographers to bring in their easels and tripods before or after hours. $5 per person.


Holiday Tea & Behind the Scenes Tour

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
12/11/2014
11:00 am
12/11/2014
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 $35 before Thanksgiving or $40 after Thanksgiving. Space is limited and reservations are required. 651-487-8250. MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring the Dean Magraw Trio

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
12/28/2014
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Dean Magraw is a guitar wizard who can span genres from jazz to rock, celtic to Indian.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Noon Year's Party

Visitor Center
12/31/2014
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2015
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. The Noon Year's party features entertainment by KidsDance! 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

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/4/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
2/8/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Music Under Glass Featuring the Jake Jones Band

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/11/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Jake Jones was born and raised on the frozen plains of Minnesota, where he spent endless winter nights picking his guitar and crafting solemn songs about love, life, and the in-between.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Music Under Glass Featuring the Dan Israel Trio

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/18/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

"Writing and performing great songs for the last 15 years, Dan Israel is easily one of the Twin Cities’ un-anointed poet laureates, steadfastly making his way into the ranks of local singer/songwriter legends like Paul Westerberg. Whether it’s with a full band or as a solo act, his work contains elements of intimacy and, as he again demonstrates on his (2011 release), “Crosstown Traveler,” an engaging simplicity that makes his deep music accessible to any audience. His performances showcase these same qualities." – Minneapolis + St. Paul / Secrets of the City

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Winter Carnival Orchid Show - Admission Fee Required

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/24/2015 to 1/25/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Winter Carnival Orchid Show will be held on January 24 and 25 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 with Winter Carnival button). MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring
The May North

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

With a sound that’s part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Music Under Glass

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/4/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
2/8/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/22/2015
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 December 28 - March 1 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.


Music Under Glass Featuring Sarah Morris

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, demure and daring, Sarah allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with a unique combination of unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness: authentic portraits of love, loss, gratitude and regret.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/23/2015
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Explore the art, music, food, martial arts and cultural traditions of Japan at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday.

Gates and exhibits open at 3pm, with various performances starting at 3:30.

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 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. MORE