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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  • Organicgarden (1)

    Food Forage Design Day in the Organic Garden

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Join the Boston Food Forest Coalition in designing and planting a perennial wild forage area in the Zoo’s organic garden.

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    Music through the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, October 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Our animals will enjoy musical interludes as a form of enrichment at their exhibits courtesy of the Berklee College of Music.

  • Lemur Recycle

    Bottle & Can Recycling Drive

    Stone Zoo
    Second Saturday of each month, April through September, 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!

  • Halloween SZ Box

    Boo at the Zoo

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals.

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    Zoo Howl

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Thrills, chills, and animals lurk around every corner on our Trick-or-Treat Trail.

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    Howling Wolf Half Marathon

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, October 30, 9:00 a.m.

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

  • Midnightzoo Box

    The Midnight Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Thursday - Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 30, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m

    Wind your way through the darkness as the woods come alive in this 360-degree immersive Halloween experience. Elaborate costumes, masterful design, and moonlit surprises await you!

  • Zoolights Santacastle Feature


    Stone Zoo
    Runs between Thanksgiving and New Years

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

  • zootopiadancing


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

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    Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund Ride and Walk

    2017 Date TBD

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

  • Uncorked Box


    Franklin Park Zoo
    2017 Date TBD

    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
    2017 Date TBD

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

  • Brewlogo Box

    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    2017 Date TBD

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

  • Alesandtails Box

    Ales and Tails

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 17, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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