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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    Royal Sonesta Boston
    Saturday, May 7, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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

  • Celebrate Mother's Day at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day.

  • Celebrate Mother's Day at Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Moms visit FREE on Mother's Day! Come celebrate with your mom (and all of ours)!

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    Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund Ride and Walk

    Saturday, May 7, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

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    Eric Kilby

    Celebrate Azize’s first birthday!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    You only turn one once! Azize, the youngest of Franklin Park Zoo’s gorilla troop, will turn one in May and you're invited to the party.

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    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!

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    Bowling for Rhinos Fundraiser

    Town Line Luxury Lanes, Malden
    Friday, May 20, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    Join Zoo New England in raising money to help prevent the extinction of the world's five remaining species of rhinos.

  • Endangered Species Day at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Learn about endangered species like western lowland gorillas, Grevy’s zebras, and pygmy hippos, and ways you can help better protect them.

  • Endangered Species Day at Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Stone Zoo is home to endangered species including jaguars, Mexican gray wolves, white-cheeked gibbons, and others. Learn more about these incredible animals!

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    Star Wars Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, May 28, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    The force will be strong for Star Wars Day at Franklin Park Zoo!

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    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 4, 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 18, 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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    Jennifer Williams

    Celebrate Father's Day at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, June 19

    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 19

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

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    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, August 20, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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

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    Ales and Tails

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

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

  • 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.