Save the date for Travelers Sunset Affair: Magnificent Migrations with live music, food and drink, zookeeper talks and an extraordinary silent auction surrounded by natural world wonders of Como. This summertime celebration will highlight the incredible journeys made by Como Zoo’s many animals, while focusing on a century of growth and forward progress for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Check out a few of the pictures taken during last year’s Travelers Sunset Affair 2016 by photographer Travis Johnson of Provid Films:
KSTP 5 Eyewitness News Phone-A-Thon
Special Access: Sparky Show Dress Rehearsal
May 20, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
2017 Horace Cleveland Society Annual Reception
Travelers Sunset Affair
July 20th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo
October 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
February 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunset Affair Frequently Asked Questions
Sunset Affair is the annual summer fundraising gala hosted by Como Friends to benefit Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. In 2016, the event raised nearly $200,000 to benefit the plants, animals and people that depend on Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.
Tickets to this popular event cost $250 for individual tickets ($300 for Patron Tickets), and $2,500 for a table of ten. The event also includes a limited number of Choice table options in a premier exhibit location on the grounds of the Como Zoo for $4,000 for a table of ten. The VIP option includes a private experience with Como’s own zookeepers, showcasing the unique plants and animals at Como.
Dress cool and casual. Though dinner is served in our air-conditioned Visitor Center, many of the night’s activities will be outdoors where the potential for tropical temperatures calls for light fabrics, comfortable shoes, flowing dresses, and can’t-go-wrong khakis and capris. (In the event of severe weather, the party will move indoors.)
Last year, Sunset Affair’s Silent Auction included more than 300 unique items, from trips to Africa and Floriday, tickets to see the Vikings play in their new stadium and , and “Only at Como” opportunities including the chance to be a zoo chef for a day. For your convenience, Como Friends works with BidPal mobile bidding, allowing guests to bid for their favorite items directly from a smart phone.
Sunset Affair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, attracting a sell-out crowd of more than 500 guests. Sunset Affair is produced by Como Friends, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire community generosity to advance Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a destination where people from every walk of life can gather, learn and enjoy the natural world.
Como Friends at 15
The nonprofit fundraising force at Como celebrates a new milestone
Sparky at 60
Minnesota’s favorite sea lion is still making a splash
Jewel of Como
Celebrating a century at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far