SPECIAL EVENTS

Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Music Under Glass Featuring
The May North

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

With a sound that’s part classic Americana, part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Insect Faces – A Bug’s-Eye View

Exhibit Gallery
2/2/2015 to 3/22/2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Insect Faces – A Bug’s-Eye View’, a stunning photo exhibit on display in Como’s Exhibit Gallery through March 22. In this exhibit, witness the amazing shapes and colors of various insect faces through the very detailed close-up photography of Bill Johnson.

Meet the artist on February 15 and March 15 from 12pm-4pm.

Join us for the “Minnesota Bug Hunt” Book Signing by Bill Johnson (artist) & Bruce Giebink (author) March 22 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Music Under Glass Featuring The Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/8/2015
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 28 - March 1 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.


Enchanted Evening - A Valentine’s Dining Experience

Conservatory
2/13/2015
2/14/2015
2/15/2015

This Valentine’s Day, don’t just give your sweetheart flowers; take them where they can dine amongst them.

Enjoy candle-lit tables throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory amongst the three featured gardens, each with its own unique characteristics from the intimate North Garden with lush vegetation to the Sunken Garden with the color and scents of a picturesque warm summer day.

Live musicians play as Lancer Catering serves a double entrée, gourmet dinner. MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/22/2015
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 December 28 - March 1 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.


Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
2/26/2015
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
2/28/2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Get a jump on summer planning and meet one-on-one with representatives from over 50 unique summer camps. Browse options ranging from all-season sleep-a-ways to weeklong day camps, horseback riding to technology retreats, arts, music, sports camps and beyond. Head into the summer months knowing your child will be making new friends and building skills in an environment that best suits them. Let Minnesota Parent's Camp Fair take the stress out of summer planning and enjoy a crafting creation station, face-painting and a few of Como's animals out on display at the Fair!

For more information, visit mnparent.com/or call Minnesota Parent at 612-825-9205.
Sponsored by Minnesota College Savings Plan.
FREE ADMISSION MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Sarah Morris

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/1/2015
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Singer-songwriter Sarah Morris has a way of captivating her audiences with songs about the highs and lows of love. With a voice both cozy and commanding, demure and daring, Sarah allows us to feel every note. Her lyrics resonate with a unique combination of unflinching honesty and heartfelt tenderness: authentic portraits of love, loss, gratitude and regret.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's December 28 - March 1 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.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/1/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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


Marjorie McNeely Conservatory 100th Birthday Kickoff

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
6/19/2015 to 6/21/2015
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate 100 Years of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Groovin' In The Garden

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/1/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/1/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.


Groovin' In The Garden ~ Dan Israel & The Cultivators

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/29/2015
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

Visitor Center Courtyard
6/17/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
6/24/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/1/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/8/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/15/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
7/22/2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8/5/2015
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

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/23/2015
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


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/1/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
5/17/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/21/2015
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/26/2015
8:00 am to 10:00 am
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.