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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  • Rooster Box

    Jari Squire

    Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    In celebration of the Chinese New Year, visit Franklin Park Zoo for special performances and zookeeper encounters!

  • Scarletibis Box

    Eric Kilby

    Tropical Birds

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, January 28, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Warm up in the balmy Topical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo as you look to the sky and find what’s flying above you.

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    Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Bring your valentine to the Tropical Forest for a day of love-themed fun!

  • February School Vacation Week

    Franklin Park Zoo
    February 20-25, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Join the Animal Academy and vote for your favorite nominee! Enjoy daily arts and crafts, keeper chats and animal encounters.

  • Bearsnow Box

    Eric Kilby

    February School Vacation Week

    Stone Zoo
    February 20 - 24, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Fight the urge to hibernate! Visit Stone Zoo for daily zookeeper encounters, education stations and animal enrichment.

  • Celebrate Little Joe’s 24th Birthday!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Monday, February 20, 10:15 a.m.

    Don’t miss a party and cake in the Tropical Forest in celebration of Little Joe's birthday!

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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.

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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.

  • 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, 5:30-9:30 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 17, 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.