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.

February 2017


February 23rd, 2017, 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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Tropical Encounters Turns Ten

Horace Cleveland Society Private Reception
(Date and time to be determined)

Are you a current member of the Horace Cleveland Society? If so, than you are invited to this private reception


KSTP Eyewitness News Phone-A-Thon

(Date and times to be determined)

Watch for special animal features throughout the day, and help the animals and plants at Como grow and thrive.


Special Access:  Sparky Show Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Como Friends supporters are invited to enjoy a before-hours opportunity to preview Sparky’s summer 2017 show.



Sunset Affair

July 20th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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’ ZooBoo at Como Zoo

October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th

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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  • 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