Como Friends Event Calendar

Fun Fundraisers & Supporter Special Access Events

At Como Friends we create fun and informative opportunities to support the Zoo and Conservatory year round.


Como Friends’ ZooBoo at Como Zoo

October 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th

For four nights in October, Como Zoo is transformed into a furry and fairy-tailed wonderland—a perfect fright-free destination for your tiniest trick-or-treaters.

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Horace Cleveland Society: Let’s Talk Animals

Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

A panel discussion with Como’s Veterinarian from the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Science, Dr. Micky Trent, DVM and Como’s Zookeeping Staff will provide insights on the daily animal care routines and well-being procedures that keep Como’s animals growing healthy and strong.

Holiday Shopping & Flower Show

Thursday, November 30, 2017
4:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Delight in the Sunken Garden’s enchanting Holiday Flower Show. Shop for enriching toys, cuddly plush, collectible Bonsai, Como-themed gifts and more! Also, enjoy an extra discount on all purchases.

February 2018


February 22nd, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (VIP reception 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

Bouquets is Como Friends’ most spirited fundraiser of the year with delectable samplings of dozens of fine wines, local foods, and craft beers.

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July 2018

Travelers Sunset Affair

July 19th, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Travelers Sunset Affair is our summertime gala that brings civic leaders and community supporters together for an after-hours experience in support of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

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  • 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

  • Orangutan Conservation

    Keeper Megan Elder preserves orangutans near and far