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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
4/4/2017

There are amazing animals and gardens just waiting for your support…how about a polar bear, Amur Tiger, spider monkey, or penguin? Perhaps the Sunken Garden or the Japanese Garden? Animal and Garden Sponsorships make great gifts for any occasion!

By sponsoring the animal and gardens at Como you are helping to support your favorite zoo resident or horticultural wonder. Your contribution will be used to enhance animal habitats, cultivate award-winning gardens and maintain the best care possible for all of Como's inhabitants.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Party for the Planet presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
4/22/2017 to 4/23/2017
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.


Summer Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
4/29/2017
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. The summer show will feature blue and orange flowers with a smaller percentage of yellow and chartreuse.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Mother's Day Bonsai Show

The Ordway Gardens
5/13/2017 to 5/14/2017
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
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Sparky The Sea Lion Show Opening Weekend!

Sparky Ampitheater
5/27/2017 to 5/29/2017
11:30 am

Sparky takes the stage May 27, 28, and 29 at 11:30 and 3:00 . Join Sparky and her trainers for this family tradition!

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Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
5/29/2017
10:30 am

Join us every Monday through June 26 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.


Safe Kids Safety Safari

Zoo Grounds
6/13/2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Groovin' In The Garden - Umbrella Bed

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/21/2017
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 on 7/20 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Zoo Grounds
7/20/2017

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 20 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
7/20/2017
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
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Japanese Garden
8/20/2017
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 19th annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting 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. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Fall Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
10/7/2017
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 first half of the show will feature mostly orange flowers and some black accents. The second half will mostly be pink with some black accents.

The Fall Flower Show will run October 7 - October 29, and November 4 - November 26


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
4/5/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/7/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/21/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/18/2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/23/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/24/2017
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/13/2018

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