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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  • Marathon Box

    Support Zoo New England's Boston Marathon Team

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Friday, March 31, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Come support our Boston Marathon team! Meet some amazing animals while enjoying refreshments in the always-balmy Tropical Forest.

  • Mushroom Inoculation Workshop

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Explore the fascinating world of forest fungi and learn a few techniques for growing your own gourmet varieties at home in this hands-on workshop.

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    Ellen Slotnick

    National Zoo Lover's & Ape Awareness Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Celebrate your love for zoos and apes, all on the same day! We're sharing the love with a day of keeper chats, crafts and more.

  • 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!

  • Bunnybonanzoo Box

    Bunny Bonanzoo

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

  • Spring into April school vacation week at Stone Zoo!

    Stone Zoo
    April 17 - 21, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Celebrate April school vacation week at Stone Zoo with zookeeper encounters, hands-on activities, and more.

  • Aviary

    Spend a WILD April school vacation week at Franklin Park Zoo!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    April 17 - 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Throughout April school vacation week, connect with incredible wildlife and spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring the Zoo.

  • Party for the Planet

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Don’t miss our Earth Day celebration! Visit the Zoo for a fun and engaging day to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer.

  • Earth Day

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    In celebration of Earth Day, learn about the Zoo’s conservation initiatives and meet an animal up close!

  • Princessdaytiana Box

    Princess Day

    Stone Zoo
    Friday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

  • Artsweek Logo Box

    ArtWeek Boston

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Join us for a day of creativity, and express your love of all things wild and wonderful through photography, sketching, puppetry, and more!

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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, 5:30-9:00 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 16, 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.