SPECIAL EVENTS

National Public Gardens Day - 20% discount on purchases at Garden Safari Gifts

Garden Safari Gift Shop
5/6/2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

A national day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide.
National Public Gardens Day celebrates all public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos.

To celebrate, Garden Safari Gifts is offering a 20% discount on purchases (not valid on other discounts). MORE


Mother's Day Bonsai Show

The Ordway Gardens
5/7/2016 to 5/8/2016
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 in the Ordway Gardens. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.


Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/28/2016 to 5/30/2016
11:30 am

Sparky takes the stage May 28, 29, and 30 at 11:30 and 3:00 . Join Sparky and her trainers for this family tradition!

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Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
5/30/2016 to 9/5/2016
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through Labor Day at 10:30, 11:45 & 12:40 as members of the Jack Brass Band lead a Second Line Parade through the zoo grounds!

Music Mondays is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


TPT Family Fun Day at Como Town & Como Zoo

ComoTown
6/4/2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for tpt's 7th Annual Family Fun Day at Como Town and Como Zoo! Saturday, June 4th, 10am-4pm

Meet & Greet with PBS Kids Costume Characters: Curious George, Super Why, Princess Pesto, Clifford, Word Girl (scheduled to appear)

Questions about this event and tickets? Call TPT at (651) 229-1330 or toll free (866) 229-1300 9-5 Monday - Friday MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.


Safe Kids Safety Safari

Zoo Grounds
6/14/2016
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Fun, games, hands-on learning – and a bike helmet giveaway!

Some of the stops on the Safety Safari:
Test Your Street Smarts Do you know all the steps to get across the street safely?

Splish-splash! Don’t be wishy-washy about water safety!

Home Safety Challenge Can you find what’s safe — and what’s not?

The Seat Belt Challenge Find out if you’re ready for seat belts only!

Keep Your Signals Straight Especially when you’re on your bike!

Children who visit all Summer Safety Safari stations can receive a new bike helmet from AAA (while supplies last). MORE


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/15/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment MORE


Blooming Butterflies Returns!

Blooming Butterflies Tent
6/17/2016 to 9/5/2016
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Blooming Butterflies Returns June 17 through September 5!

Back by popular demand, Blooming Butterflies will offer visitors a total immersion experience. The wildly popular exhibit can once again be found in a colorful 2,500 square foot greenhouse. Featuring a thriving butterfly habitat that over the course of the summer will become home to over 100 species of butterflies from around the world, guests will delight in their interactions with the fascinating winged-creatures.


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/22/2016
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/29/2016
6:00 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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden - The Katy Vernon Band

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/6/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden - The Morning Kings

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/13/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden featuring Jaedyn James & The Hunger

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/20/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


**We Will Be Closing at 3:00 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Zoo Grounds
7/21/2016

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 21 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
7/21/2016
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. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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 ~ The Auctioneers

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/27/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn. Food, ice cream, soda, beer, and wine will be available to purchase.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Groovin' In The Garden - Lunch Duchess

Visitor Center Courtyard
8/3/2016
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 on the Visitor Center lawn.

Groovin' In The Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Japanese Garden
8/21/2016
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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
5/15/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/8/2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/24/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/25/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/23/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/20/2016
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/4/2016
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.