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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    February School Vacation Week - FPZ

    Franklin Park Zoo
    February 20-25, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Join the Animal Academy and vote for your favorite nominee! Enjoy daily arts and crafts, keeper chats and animal encounters.

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    February School Vacation Week - SZ

    Stone Zoo
    February 20 - 24, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Fight the urge to hibernate! Visit Stone Zoo for daily zookeeper encounters, education stations and animal enrichment.

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    Curious George Visits the Tropics

    Franklin Park Zoo
    March 4 and 5, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Enjoy stories and a meet and greet with Curious George!

  • Hot Chocolate with the Red Pandas

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Sunday, March 5, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Warm up with hot cocoa and snacks indoors, and then head to the all new Children's Zoo for an up-close encounter with red pandas, Hoppy and Fia. Pre-registration required.

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    Hot Chocolate with the Reindeer

    Stone Zoo
    Saturdays, February 25 and March 11, 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

    Educators will share fun reindeer facts during an up-close encounter. Sip hot cocoa, nibble on breakfast snacks, and enjoy early entry to Stone Zoo at this exclusive event! Pre-registration required.

  • A Roaring Birthday Celebration for the Lion Brothers

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 11, 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia turn eight in March, and guests are invited to celebrate the occasion!

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    Enrichment fun in celebration of St. Patrick's Day

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Watch as animals receive green-themed enrichment treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with animal enrichment

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Celebrate with Franklin Park Zoo as animals receive green-themed enrichment treats for St. Patrick’s Day!

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    Roaring Nights: Fun in the Tropics

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 25, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Longing for an island getaway? Escape to the Tropics in your best luau gear and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest. Enjoy wine, live music, games, animal encounters, and more!

  • 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.

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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.

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    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, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

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

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    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.

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    Ales & Tails

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, September 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

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    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.