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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  • Zoolights Box (1)


    Stone Zoo
    Friday, Nov. 27 - Sunday, Jan. 3, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25)

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

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    Santa Claus is coming to the Tropics!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

  • Festive fun with the lemurs

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, December 19, 11:00

    Watch as the ring-tailed lemur troop enjoys some of their favorite foods in their festively decorated exhibit inside the Tropical Forest.

  • Santa Boy Box

    Breakfast with Santa

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, December 19, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    Enjoy a holiday feast with jolly old St. Nick! Registration required.

  • Gorilla Azize Box

    December School Vacation Week

    Franklin Park Zoo
    December 28 - 31, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

  • Iceprincess Box

    Meet the Ice Queen and Ice Princess at ZooLights

    Stone Zoo
    Wednesday, December 30, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    The Ice Queen, Ice Princess and Ice Master are visiting ZooLights!

  • Reindeer Zoolights Box1

    Zoo Year Celebration

    Stone Zoo
    Thursday, December 31, 4:00 p.m.

    Looking for a WILD way to celebrate the New Year with the family? Join in the reindeer parade led by Stone Zoo's reindeer, enjoy early entry to ZooLights and more festive fun.

  • Bunnybonanzoo

    Bunny Bonanzoo

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

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    Royal Sonesta Boston
    Saturday, May 7, 2016

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

  • gilmour

    Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund Ride and Walk

    2016 Date TBD

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

  • Uncorked Box


    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

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

  • Brewatthezoo

    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    2016 Date TBD

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

  • Alesandtails Box

    Ales and Tails

    Stone Zoo
    2016 Date TBD

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

  • Lemur Recycle

    Bottle & Can Recycling Drive

    Stone Zoo
    Second Saturday of each month, April through October

    Bring your bottles and cans to Stone Zoo.