SPECIAL EVENTS

Bouquets: An Evening of Wine, Beer, and Food

Conservatory
2/22/2018
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 beginning Dec. 17. MORE


Minnesota Parent Camp Fair

Visitor Center
2/24/2018
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 MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Cafe Accordion Orchestra

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2/25/2018
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 7 - March 11 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 and February 4) MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring The Dead Pigeons

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/4/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The Dead Pigeons have come to be known for their infectious, foot stomping sound - an original mix of upbeat barroom bluegrass and lyrically driven ballads. One day they excel at corralling a rowdy festival crowd and the next they are captivating a discerning theater audience.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 and February 4) MORE


Senior Strolls

Various Locations
3/6/2018
9:00 am

Senior Strolls take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 9am-10am. This is a special time set aside for just for our 55-and-up aged friends. Each month will feature an opportunity to visit a part of the Zoo or Conservatory for a leisurely walk before the crowds as well as special activities and guests. This event is a great opportunity for Seniors to enjoy a free event that encourages being active and social with some adult learning to spice it up.


Sensory Friendly Mornings

Zoo Grounds
3/11/2018
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Join us from 9-10 a.m. during the select dates for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. MORE


Music Under Glass Featuring Heatwave & Landman

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
3/11/2018
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Delta blues meets British Invasion pop meets garage rock in Heatwave & Landman, the new collaboration from Chris “Heatwave” Holm & Mark “Landman” Larson, the original rhythm section of Minneapolis stomp rockers, The 4onthefloor.

Live music from some of the Twin Cities finest musicians perform in the Sunken Garden Sunday's January 7 - March 11 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 and February 4) MORE


All Things Green Weekend Presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
3/17/2018 to 3/18/2018
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.


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!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.


Party for the Planet presented by Xcel Energy

Visitor Center
4/21/2018 to 4/22/2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve! Earth Day is April 22, and we’re throwing our annual “Party for the Planet,” in partnership with Xcel Energy. Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball. You’ll leave with some great ideas for reducing your own impact on the planet, and improving our natural habitats.


Summer Flower Show Opening Day

Sunken Garden
4/28/2018
10:00 am

The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows.


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.


Mother's Day Bonsai Show

Visitor Center
5/12/2018 to 5/13/2018
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work on the Covered Porch. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!


Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Hours

Conservatory
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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 7/19 To Prepare for Travelers Sunset Affair**

Zoo Grounds
7/19/2018

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 19 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
7/19/2018
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

Conservatory
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.


Como Park Japanese Obon Festival

Japanese Garden
8/19/2018
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 20th 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
3/31/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
4/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
5/6/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
6/24/2018
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
7/22/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
9/16/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
10/21/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
11/18/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/1/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/8/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/9/2018
8:00 am to 10:00 am
12/16/2018
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.