SPECIAL EVENTS

Music Mondays!

Zoo Grounds
8/31/2015
10:30 am
9/7/2015
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.


Just Zoo It!

Various Locations
9/12/2015 to 9/13/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We’re getting in shape with our very own kid-friendly, animal-themed exercises and activities! From Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 13, kids can test their skills at animal-themed exercise based activity stations throughout the zoo. Visitors will receive a “Back to School Fitness Report Card” when they enter.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


ZooBoo

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
10/17/2015 to 10/18/2015
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
10/24/2015 to 10/25/2015
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
9/27/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
10/25/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/22/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/6/2015
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.


Noon Year's Party

Visitor Center
12/31/2015
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
1/1/2016
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. 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 The Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/24/2016
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The affable Erik Brandt was surprisingly specific when asked to describe what his group’s name, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet, means. “‘Urban’ describes the rock; ‘hillbilly’ is the Americana, folk and country; and ‘quartet’ is jazz, improvisation and our instrumental music, with tinges of eastern European melodies.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 27 - February 28 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
8/21/2016
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. MORE