SPECIAL EVENTS

Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Conservatory
2/23/2017
7:00 pm

Escape from the chilly temperatures and enjoy a night out sampling more than 80 fine wines, locally brewed beer, and tidbits from area restaurants in the most beautiful winter setting in Minnesota -- the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Tickets online at www.comofriends.org or 651-487-8229 MORE


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/25/2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Looking for unique, engaging summer activities for your child this summer? This FREE event gives parents a chance to meet one-on-one with dozens of camp representatives, who will be sharing information about their camps for kids.
Camps range from all-season sleep-a-way camps to weeklong day camps, including art and performance programs; science, technology and academic activities; sports, horseback riding and more. Free children’s activities at the Camp Fair include face painting, a craft station and an appearance from a special Zoo animal.

For more information, visit http://www.minnesotaparent.com/campfair, email [email protected] or call Minnesota Parent at 612-825-9205.

FREE ADMISSION


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/26/2017
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 January 1 - March 5 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 29 and February 12)


Music Under Glass Featuring Jelloslave

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/5/2017
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 1 - March 5 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 29 and February 12)


Hop Into Spring Weekend

Visitor Center
3/18/2017 to 3/19/2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hop into Como for a weekend fun of family fun featuring games, crafts, special Zookeeper talks and Gardener talks.


KSTP 5 Eyewitness News Phone-a-thon

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.


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!

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).


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.


**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.