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.

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 10th, 2024

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 13th, 2024 – 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 12th, 2024– 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: August 1st, 2024

You are cordially invited to a royal party on Thursday August 1st, 2024 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 7th, 2024 – 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, Local Vendors, Apples from…


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, September 28th, 2024 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 5th, 12th, & 19th, 2024

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 2024

Ho, ho, ho! Santa is making a special stop at Hemker Park & Zoo on November 23rd, 29th, & 30th 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!

New Play System

In the age of so much technology, this new play system will allow children of all ages to engage in outdoor play while letting their imaginations run wild. Opening May 1, 2023

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.