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!

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    Winter Princesses at FPZ

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

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    Big Game Fun

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Get ready for the big game by watching animals receive football-themed enrichment items!

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    Darwin Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Learn all about the Tree of Life through interactive activities and demonstrations throughout the Tropical Forest, and attend a talk about “Earth's Living History."

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    Chinese New Year Celebration

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, February 17, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    In celebration of the Chinese New Year, enjoy special performances, crafts and zookeeper chats!

  • Celebrate Little Joe’s 25th Birthday!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Monday, February 19, 10:15 a.m.

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

  • February School Vacation Week - FPZ

    Franklin Park Zoo
    February 19 - 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Leap, climb and roar your way to Franklin Park Zoo for the Animalympics during February school vacation week!

  • February School Vacation Week - SZ

    Stone Zoo
    February 19 - 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Can you jump farther than a snow leopard or hold your breath longer than a river otter? Find out how your own athletic abilities compare to those in the animal world!

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    Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, Cambridge
    Saturday, May 12, 6:00 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.