Sunset Affair

Como Friends’ annual summer benefit for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Thursday, July 21, 2022
(More details to come.)

Splash Zone or At Home, Sunset Affair Goes Hybrid!
Sparky the Sea Lion will take center stage at Como Friends’ Sunset Affair

Join us as we celebrate Como Harbor, the new home for our seals and sea lions in the heart of Como Zoo. Already making a splash, this breathtaking habitat provides plenty of space for Sparky and her friends to swim and porpoise, while bringing visitors up close to these playful and sociable animals.

Como Friends’ Sunset Affair is a hybrid event this year with in-person and virtual options, so fans of Como can participate at their comfort level. Whether you join in person or tune in online, you will be captivated by animal guests, gardener and zookeeper talks, and of course, Sparky the sea lion, the star of the evening. You will also have access to our fantastic online silent auction filled with Only-Como items and fabulous custom-created baskets.

See all ticket options below for Sunset Affair, the splashiest fundraiser to benefit all the animals, plants, free admission and education programs you love at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Reservation form below for Virtual Sparky Splash and the Sparky Splash Box only.
Reservations are available for Sparky Splash at Como and Sparky Splash Plus tickets.

Please call 651-487-8229.

RSVP to Como Friends’ splashiest benefit of the year, where we’ll dive in and discover Como Harbor, an extraordinary seals and sea lions habitat made possible with community support from people like you.

Virtual Sparky Splash

Perfect for people of all ages, the virtual Sparky Splash ticket includes the live program, access to the online silent auction, party pack to print at home with the Sparky Splash signature drink recipe and family-friendly activities.
Donation of $50 is suggested but not required

 Sparky Splash Box

Pick up a Sparky Splash Box to celebrate Sunset Affair at home. Each box contains gourmet hors d’oeuvres and desserts from D’Amico Catering for two, along with ingredients for the Sparky Splash signature mocktail, and an Only-Como item.
Sparky Splash Box is $150

Sparky Splash at Como

We are happy to welcome guests back to Como for Sunset Affair: Sparky Splash! This year’s redesigned in-person event will include all the fun and unique elements that make Sunset Affair special. Your experience will include strolling at Como Zoo past gorillas, giraffes and polar bears while enjoying nibbles and libations from D’Amico Catering. As you enter the KSTP Amphitheater at Como Harbor for the live program, you will get a box filled with gourmet hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts to enjoy during the Sparky and Friends show.
(There is no plated dinner this year.)

For reservations please call 651-487-8229.
Tickets are $300 per person

Sparky Splash Plus

If you are looking to dive into an immersive experience at Sparky Splash, select the Plus ticket. You get reserved, premium padded seating to enjoy your gourmet box from D’Amico Catering and the program in the KSTP Amphitheater, recognition in the print program, and a drink coupon.
(There is no plated dinner this year.)
For reservations please call 651-487-8229.
Tickets are $500 per person


Silent Auction

Como Friends’ community of supporters always provide fabulous baskets, food and wine experiences and “Only at Como” items for Sunset Affair guests. 

Can’t make it on the 15th? Click below to contribute to Sunset Affair: Sparky Splash’s Fund-A-Need.


Thank You 2021 Sponsors!

Thank you 2021 Sunset Affair Committee!

Honorary Chairs | Sheila and Bill Brown

Sunset Affair Committee | Susannah Baudhuin, John Bennett, Sheila Brown, Arta Cheney, Dan Erickson, Mary Ann Evander, Sherry Fonseth-Lais, Kathy Haug, Gayle Holmes, Kaitlyn Huntington, Diane Kaphing, Nancy Koch, Caroline Mehlhop, Nicky Nagle, Martha Nelson, Lynette Palmgren, Bethany Paul, Wendy Rubin, Jill Sadler, Jackie Sticha, Lindsay Sypnieski, Jane Ullmann, Sheryl Zaworski

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