Ongoing Events

Wings Financial World of Birds Show
Soaring hawks, talking parrots, majestic owls, and many more rare and beautiful feathered creatures delight and amaze Zoo guests.

Camel Rides - May 24 to September 1
Hours are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, weather permitting.  Cost is $6 non-members, $5 for members. Photos are $6.

Conservation Carousel (seasonal)
Round and round, up and down! The Minnesota Zoo is excited for the opening of our NEW, hand-crafted Conservation Carousel.

Farmers Market - July 9 - September 3
The Minnesota Zoo is excited to welcome the summer season with our annual weekly Farmers’ Market, located in our Gibbon parking lot! No admission required.

Tropical Reef Dive Show
Our spectacular floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing allows you to watch aquarium staff SCUBA dive with the sharks and tropical fish of the Coral Reef. Dive shows are daily at 10:30 a.m. (limited capacity)

Close Encounters
This program provides unique, engaging on-site animal experiences to zoo guests.

Cow Milking Demonstration (seasonal)
The dairy barn at the Well’s Fargo Family Farm features daily cow milking demonstrations at 11, 1, and 3, April through November. (limited capacity) Watch video.

Shark Feedings
Watch the savage beauty of our sharks and other marine life during their scheduled feedings. Discovery Bay shark feedings are at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Penguin Feedings
Come watch our newest additions get fed at 10am and 2:30pm

Photo Contest
Attention wildlife shutterbugs! The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce the 5th annual Photo Contest, sponsored by National Camera Exchange.

Seasonal Attractions

Wells Fargo Family Farm (April 1-November 30)
Experience a working farm and learn how food gets from farms to tables. This popular exhibit offers families a chance to see and touch domestic animals like cows, goats, pigs, and more.

Aveda Butterfly Garden  June 14 – September 1
Enjoy the spectacular sight of hundreds of North American butterflies at the end of the Tropics Trail.

Splash Pad (summer)
Cool off under life-sized animal sculptures in our new interactive water fountain on the Central Plaza.

Woodland Adventure
Now Open
An interactive, nature-based play area located off the Zoo’s Central Plaza.

Upcoming Events

Big Bugs! 
Thirteen super-sized, animatronic bugs will invade the Zoo’s Northern Trail along with a live bug display and several fun, interactive elements.

Music in the Zoo
The best outdoor music venue in the Twin Cities, the Weesner Family Amphitheater

Tiger Tracks 5K –  August 23
Lace-up your shoes and make tracks to the Minnesota Zoo.

William David Romans Golf Classic – September 15
Please join us in celebrating the life of William by participating in the 5th Annual William David Romans Golf Classic.

HowlZOOween – October 1- 31
The Zoo is celebrating the entire month of Spooktober with fall babies and things that go bump in the night. Come enjoy the fall colors, hay maze at the farm, music, magicians, and special creature features.

Nightmare on Zoo Boulevard  - October 30
Join us at the Minnesota Zoo for a wicked night of fun. This new 21 + costume party will include music, magicians, creature features, and more.

Members Only HallZOOween - October 31
Bring your little goblins to the Zoo for a safe and fun Halloween evening – free for Zoo members! Registration limited to those covered by your membership card and the first 2,000 people to sign up.

Wild About Wine – November 8
Join us for our annual wine tasting event. Enjoy tastings of a variety of wines. The Zoo will provide the perfect backdrop for this exotic evening of appetizers, music, and wine. Proceeds benefit Zoo conservation programs.