SPECIAL EVENTS

Como Park Japanese Obon 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 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. MORE


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
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.


Cat Conservation Weekend

Zoo Grounds
9/30/2017 to 10/1/2017
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Join us for a weekend of fun, games, crafts all while celebrating our feline friends! We will also feature special Zookeeper and Gardener talks!


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

Conservatory
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.


Ikebana Show

The Ordway Gardens
11/6/2017 to 11/12/2017
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

Conservatory
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

Conservatory
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.


Music Under Glass Featuring Paul Metsa

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1/7/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 4 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. (Please note: no shows on January 28) MORE


Winter Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
1/13/2018

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


Spring Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
3/17/2018
10:00 am

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