Please note: Volunteers, Zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in a routine animal escape drill on Wednesday, April 26 at Franklin Park Zoo, and Thursday, April 27 at Stone Zoo. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be able to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


Special Events

Throughout the year, Zoo New England celebrates and engages with the community by hosting and sponsoring fantastic special events. And when you’re looking for educational programs and everyday happenings at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, we have those too!

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  • Princessdaytiana Box

    Princess Day

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Fairy tales come true at Stone Zoo! Meet your favorite princesses, enjoy arts and crafts, zookeeper chats, and more!

  • Beakidagain Box

    Roaring Nights: Be a Kid Again

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 6, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Who says zoos are only for kids? Party like a kid again in our all new Children’s Zoo!

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    ArtWeek Boston

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Join us for a day of creativity, and express your love of all things wild and wonderful through photography, sketching, puppetry, and more!

  • Forest Garden Design Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, May 7, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Calling all permaculture designers and enthusiasts! Join us in the planning of the Zoo’s new forest garden.

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    Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund Ride and Walk

    Saturday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    This bike and walkathon raises funds for the Zoo community to pursue professional endeavors.

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    Royal Sonesta, Boston
    Saturday, May 13, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

    Zootopia is our annual creative, black-tie gala benefitting both Zoos.

  • Lemur Recycle

    Bottle & Can Recycling Drive

    Stone Zoo
    Second Saturday of each month, April through October, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Have some empty bottles and cans on your hands? Skip the trash barrel and head to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive!

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    Celebrate Azize’s Second Birthday

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Azize, the youngest of Franklin Park Zoo’s gorilla troop, will turn two in May and you're invited to the party!

  • Celebrate Mother's Day at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day.

  • Slothmombaby Box

    Rachel Galvez

    Celebrate Mother's Day at Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Moms visit FREE on Mother's Day! Come celebrate with your mom (and all of ours)!

  • Superhero2 Box

    Super Hero Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Meet Spider-Man and Iron Man, and learn how you can unleash your own powers to be heroes for our endangered species!

  • Compostpile Box

    Compost Tea Workshop

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Learn to make compost tea using “zoo poo” to create an all-natural fertilizer for the Zoo’s Organic Garden Project.

  • Uncorked Box


    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 3, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Join us for our annual wine-tasting event! Throughout the evening, guests can sample wines while strolling among the animals in the Zoo’s signature Tropical Forest Pavilion.

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    A Wild Affair

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, June 17, 5:30-9:00 p.m.

    This tasting event features restaurants, entertainment, auctions, and an opportunity to stroll among the animals.

  • Brewlogo Box

    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, August 19, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

    This annual beer-tasting event features stations hosted by local breweries and restaurants.

  • Alesandtails Box

    Ales & Tails

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Sip brews among the animals at this wild beer-tasting!

  • Zoolights Santacastle Feature


    Stone Zoo
    Nov. 24-Jan.1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Our annual festival of lights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season.