SPECIAL EVENTS

Groovin' In The Garden with The Melvilles

Visitor Center Courtyard
7/30/2014
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 and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Groovin' In The Garden with The Limns

Visitor Center Courtyard
8/6/2014
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 and sponsored by KFAI Radio


Cafesjian's Carousel 100th Birthday Celebration!

Cafesjian's Carousel
8/9/2014
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

A 100th Birthday Party, open to the public, takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 9, at the Cafesjian’s Carousel Pavilion, next to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be old-fashioned children’s games, activities, and entertainers including clowns and face painters, along with free mini-cupcakes and root beer floats.

A program at 3 p.m. will include brief comments about the carousel’s remarkable history, and the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Singers will lead the crowd in “Happy Birthday.”

Following the program, carousel rides will be free until the 6 p.m. closing. (Rides are the regular price of $2 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.) MORE


Organ Rally for Cafesjian's Carousel

Cafesjian's Carousel
8/9/2014 to 8/10/2014
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

As part of the birthday celebration, the Carousel Organ Association of America will host a band organ rally in Como Park August 9 and 10 featuring a variety of small organs billed as “the happiest music on earth.” MORE


Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
8/17/2014
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


Minnesota Parent Education Fair

Visitor Center
9/27/2014
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Have questions about the best early learning, school, or after school opportunities for your child? Join Minnesota Parent for the ninth annual Education Fair at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor’s Center. Meet representatives and have some fun! This event features free all-day fun including face painting, a professional photo booth, and great giveaways.

The event is on September 27th from 10 am through 2pm. There’s something for everyone so make it a family outing!

For more information visit www.mnparent.com or call 612-825-9205.


Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/10/2014 to 11/16/2014
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.