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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  • Midnightzoo Box

    The Midnight Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Thurs-Sun, through October 30, 6-10 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!

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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.

  • Meowloween

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Dress as your favorite cat, meet with Zoo educators for feline fun facts, and discover our big cats through scavenger hunts!

  • Howlingwolfbox

    Howling Wolf Half Marathon

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, October 30, 8:00 a.m.

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

  • Gorilla Eating Box

    Don Crasco

    Celebrate Kambiri’s Birthday

    Franklin Park Zoo Tropical Forest
    Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Kambiri is turning five in November, and you're invited to come celebrate!

  • Veteransday2014 Box

    Free Veterans Day Admission for Veterans, FPZ

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Friday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    To honor the service of all veterans, we're offering free admission to veterans.

  • Vetsday Box

    Free Veterans Day Admission for Veterans, SZ

    Stone Zoo
    Friday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    To honor the service of all veterans, we're offering free admission to veterans.

  • Zoolights Santacastle Feature


    Stone Zoo
    Nov. 25-Jan.1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

  • Starwars Box

    Thomas Kelley

    The Force will be Strong at ZooLights

    Stone Zoo
    Sunday, November 27, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Celebrate the characters from Star Wars at ZooLights!

  • Santa_Box

    Santa Claus is coming to the Tropics!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Visit with Santa inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest.

  • zootopiadancing


    2017 Date TBD

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

  • gilmour

    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.

  • Awildffair 2014 240

    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!