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Events

At Hemker Park & Zoo, we’re as passionate about experiences as we are about animals. Our mission is to help “educate the young and old” by providing people with fun and fascinating “up close” animal encounters. See all of our upcoming events for our season below.

New Gnome Garden

New Gnome Garden coming at the beginning of May 2022! There’s Gnome Place like Hemker Park & Zoo! There will be some 6 feet tall gnomes for guests to take pictures with!

Zootoberfest: October 1st

Hemker Park & Zoo along with the Guardians of Conservation is excited to announce a brand-new way to celebrate October. Zootoberfest will bring some German flair to central Minnesota. It will take place on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sample German beer while enjoying a fall afternoon at Hemker Park & Zoo. There will be a best stein and costume contest. Must be 21 to sample German Beer. This event is included in regular zoo admission.

Boo at the Zoo: October 8th & 15th

Calling all Ghouls and Goblins! Trick or Treat around Hemker Park & Zoo from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm! Dress up in your Halloween Costume and watch the animals get their favorite Halloween Treats too. Discounted Admission $16.00/person +tax for anyone 2 years old and up (anyone 23 months and younger is free)…

Santa Days 2022

Ho, ho, ho! Santa is making a special stop at Hemker Park & Zoo on November 19th, 25th & 26th & from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM! Enjoy visiting with Santa & his live reindeer, and shop our main gift shop for the perfect holiday gifts! We will have season member passes available, sponsor an animal box and more. Be sure to bring a camera to take a picture with Santa! …

For the ❤️ Rhino’s Gala

Roll out the Red Carpet…You are invited to join The Guardians of Conservation at the inaugural fundraising gala For the  of Rhino’s. Saturday, February 11th, 2023 5 pm – 9 pm at Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud MN. This Gala will benefit the International Rhino…

Brew At The Zoo

Thursday, June 15th, 2023 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Come join in the fun at Brew At The zoo! Take part in a fantastic evening of beer, wine and spritz sampling. During the event, listen to live music and shop our silent auction. We will also have food available for sale….

Summer Party

Friday, July 7th, 2023 – 10:00am Get your advanced tickets to reserve your spot at our Summer Party, listen to our hourly penguin keeper talks about our penguins! As they like it warm not cold!!! The annual Summer Party is a popular summer celebration geared toward…

Royal Party: July 27th

You are cordially invited to a royal party on Thursday July 27th, 2023 from 5-7 pm as part of your regular paid admission! We are encouraging everyone to dress as kings, queens, princes, princesses or superheroes…

Fall Zoo Fest

Saturday, September 9th, 2023 – 10:00am Join the harvest fun. Held in early September each year, the Fall Zoo Fest is a special event at Hemker Park & Zoo to celebrate harvest season. Discounted admission $16.00 + tax/person,Amish Baskets for sale, Apples from…

A Legacy of Love

Founded by Mark & Joan Hemker, the zoo has become a labor of love to honor Mark’s legacy since his passing 2006.