Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.


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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  • Freefunfriday

    Free Fun Friday at Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Friday, August 26, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Enjoy free admission to the Zoo!

  • Gibbon Birthday Party

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 3, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Celebrate Kien and Paddy's Birthdays! The gibbon family will enjoy treats just for them, and you can meet with zookeepers throughout the day.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Otterwave Box

    Cars and Critters

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Wild about cars? Rev your engines on over to Stone Zoo!

  • Runwildfpz Box

    Run Wild

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, September 24, 4:00 p.m.

    Lace up your running shoes and join other race enthusiasts and animal lovers for our annual Run Wild 5K!

  • Midnightzoo Box

    The Midnight Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sept. 30-Oct. 30, Thursday - Sunday, 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.

  • 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
    Saturday, August 20, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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