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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    Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo
    Monday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Enjoy free admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

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    Lions and Tigers and Beers, Oh My!

    Down the Road Brewery
    Thursday, January 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for an ongoing adult lecture series in the Boston area. Each month will highlight a different brewery and science or conservation project.

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    Princess Day

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Fairy tales come true at the Zoo! Meet your favorite princesses, enjoy arts and crafts, and meet with zookeepers!

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    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    In celebration of the Lunar New Year, enjoy special performances, crafts and zookeeper chats!

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    February School Vacation Week

    Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo
    February 18 - 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Discover the weird, wacky and wonderful world of nature at our Zoos during February School Vacation week.

  • Celebrate Little Joe’s 26th Birthday!

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Monday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.

    Don’t miss a party and cake in the Tropical Forest in celebration of Little Joe's birthday!

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    Fun in the Tropics

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, March 23, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Escape to the Tropics in your best luau gear and limbo your way through the Tropical Forest. Enjoy wine, music, games, animal encounters, and more!

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

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

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    Roars & Pours

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, June 1, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

    Raise a toast to Roars & Pours, our annual wine-tasting event!

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    A Wild Affair

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, June 22, 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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    Sunset Sips

    Stone Zoo
    Saturday, July 27, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Relax and take in the beautiful summer night at this 21+ after-hour event. Enjoy music, wine, animal encounters and more!

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    Brew at the Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo
    Saturday, August 17, 5:00 - 9:00 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 14, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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

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    Stone Zoo
    Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Closed Dec.25)

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