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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  • Otterwave Box

    World Otter Day

    Stone Zoo
    Wednesday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Celebrate World Otter Day with us, and learn more about Stone Zoo’s North American river otters, Penny and Sushi, during zookeeper chats.

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    Uncorked: Winos & Dinos

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

    Raise a toast to Uncorked, our annual wine-tasting event! This year's event includes a prehistoric journey through time in our all-new immersive experience, Destination Dino!

  • Educationbirdwatch Box

    Biodiversity Walks

    Various dates through August

    Even in the heart of the city, we're surrounded by incredible wildlife. Join us to learn how to look for and identify a range of native species from insects to birds to small mammals.

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    Turtle Graduation Celebration

    Stone Zoo
    Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a send-off reception in honor of our HATCH graduates.

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    Celebrate the Caribbean Coast

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Join us on a tropical adventure right here in New England, and celebrate the opening of our new Caribbean Coast exhibit.

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    TedxBeaconStreet Salon

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 16, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    At this one-of-kind event, listen to a wide range of speakers who will present inside the Tropical Forest building.

  • 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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    Jennifer Williams

    Celebrate Father's Day at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, June 17

    Celebrate your dad (and all of ours!) with FREE ADMISSION for fathers.

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    Dayle Sullivan-Taylor

    Celebrate Father's Day at Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, June 17

    Help us celebrate your father (and all of ours!) with FREE ADMISSION for all fathers throughout the day.

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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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    Jari Squire

    World Giraffe Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Enjoy zookeeper chats and learn how you can support giraffe conservation efforts.

  • Foodtrucksafari Box

    Food Truck Safari

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 30, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us as food trucks from all over Boston roll into Franklin Park Zoo for a deliciously wild evening!

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    Sunset Sips

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, July 28, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    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, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    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!

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    Howling Wolf Half Marathon

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, November 4, 8:00 a.m.

    Run for a WILD cause at Stone Zoo's Howling Wolf Half Marathon!

  • 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.

  • Zootopia Box


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