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Saturday, June 22: Stone Zoo will close at 3pm (last tickets sold at 2pm) in preparation for our event, A Wild Affair. Please plan your visit accordingly!

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Summer events in and around Franklin Park

BAM (Boston Art & Music Soul Festival), June 23
Reggae in the Park, August 11
Caribbean Festival, August 25


BAM (Boston Art & Music Soul Festival), June 23

Location: Franklin Park Playstead Field
Please note that vehicular traffic and parking around Franklin Park Zoo will be impacted due to this event.


Reggae in the Park, August 11

For information about the Reggae in the Park event call 617-991-4512 or email

To make your experience as smooth as possible, please check out some helpful tips and guidelines for the Reggae in the Park event.


Parking is free. Event parking lots are located at the following locations:

  • Giraffe entrance parking lot on Pierpont Road
  • Zebra entrance parking lot between Franklin Park Road and Blue Hill Ave. (Peabody Circle) 
  • Parking lot on Circuit Drive/N.Jewish War Vets Drive 


This event is a 21+ event only, proper identification is needed. Applicable forms of identification include and ARE limited to:

  • Passports
  • Permanent Resident/Alien ID Cards
  • State Issued Driver's Licenses (non‐expired)
  • State Issued ID's (non‐expired)


Access to the venue begins at 6:30 p.m. Concert ends at 12 a.m. Please note that there will be a security checkpoint and patrons are encouraged to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes in advance.       


All persons and belongings will be searched.

  • There will be a "by‐pass" line for those patrons who are coming "concert ready".  Concert ready means NO chairs, NO handbags (large pocketbooks; knapsacks; school bags; wristlets are OK)
  • All patrons & bags must have a wristband. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a security procedure that must be adhered to. 


There are no ATMs at the venue. Please plan accordingly.


Beverages of any kind (non‐alcoholic or alcoholic) will NOT be allowed into the park. Water is also not allowed into the park but will be provided once inside.

  • Refreshment bars will be available.
  • Food vendors will be on site.


Rain or shine concert 


For your comfort, lounge chairs will be allowed into the park, one chair per person. For your safety, every chair will be subjected to a thorough search. Please be advised that security regulations mandate that we must search all chairs. We must open, close and safety check the chairs before you enter. This could potentially delay your entry to the park significantly (tested wait time=approx. 45 minutes). Please consider your options before electing to bring a chair.


  • Food
  • Water
  • Soda
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons

Caribbean Festival, August 25


Please note, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.