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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    Warm up in the Tropical Forest

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Weekends in January and February, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Looking to shake off the winter cold? How about a trip to the Tropics? Don’t miss our Education Station each weekend in January and February!

  • World Wildlife Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    This year's World Wildlife Day theme is "Big Cats: Predators Under Threat." Learn what you can do to help protect and make a difference for the future of big cats.

  • A Roaring Birthday Celebration for the Lion Brothers

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

    Lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn nine in March, and guests are invited to celebrate the occasion!

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    FrogWatch Training

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday March 10 and 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    You listen, we learn. Train to be a Frog Watcher, listening to and documenting amphibian mating calls.

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    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with animal enrichment

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Celebrate with Franklin Park Zoo as animals receive green-themed enrichment treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Fun in the Tropics

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 24, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Longing for a tropical getaway? Escape to the Tropics in your best luau gear and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest. Enjoy wine, live music, games, animal encounters, and more!

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    Bunny Bonanzoo

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Hop on down the bunny trail to Stone Zoo, where an Easter celebration awaits!

  • 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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    Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, Cambridge
    Saturday, May 12, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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

  • Uncorked Box


    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 2, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Raise a toast to Uncorked, our annual wine-tasting event!

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    A Wild Affair

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, June 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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

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    Sunset Sips

    Stone Zoo
    Date TBD

    Relax and take in the beautiful summer night at this 21+ after-hour event. Enjoy music, wine, animal encounters and more!

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    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, August 18

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

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    Ales & Tails

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 15, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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

  • Zoolights Santacastle Feature


    Stone Zoo
    Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec.25)

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