Sales & Special Events

Tohono Chul hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. From the ever-popular Holiday Nights to the quintessential Bloom Night there is always something going on. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events.

Book Signing and Sale

Michael Chiago | October 1 |11:30am – 2pm | Exhibit House | Free with admission

Join Michael Chiago in the Exhibit House where he will be signing his book, Michael Chiago: O’odham Lifeways Through Art and selling his work. View his artwork and Permanent Collection pieces in the Entry Gallery exhibition, GATHERING, now through October 16th.

Brewin at the Chul

Fridays & Saturdays | Starts October 1 | 5 – 9pm | at the Garden Bistro

Welcome to fall! Come enjoy our first-ever autumn series Brewin at the Chul located at the Garden Bistro! Join us Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. October 1 through December 17 for music, refreshing spirits, local brews and a rotating menu.

Sponsored by our Platinum Corporate Member:

Sundays in the Garden – Fall Concert Series

Sundays | Starting October 2 | 1:30-3pm | Performance Garden | Free with Admission

Join us for our annual Sundays in the Garden Fall Concert Series. The concert is free with admission and free for members as one of the many amazing membership benefits. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. The concert series is brought to you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society. Please note performers are subject to change.

Sponsored by our Platinum Corporate Member:

Free screening of Disney Pixar’s “Coco”

Friday | October 7 | 6 – 9pm | Free Event

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Tohono Chul with a FREE SCREENING of Disney Pixar’s film “Coco”!  Friday, October 7, 2022.  Gates open at 6pm.  Screening starts at 7pm.  This is a free event, but since seating is limited, registration is required.  There are two options: you can sit indoors at our Pavilion, or outdoors at the Performance Garden. 

In partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Fall Plant Sale

Members’ Preview:
Wednesday | October 19 | 9am-3pm

General Public:
Saturday | October 22 | 9am-3pm
Sunday | October 23 | 9am-3pm

Fall is the perfect time to get the goods to transform your backyard into a desert oasis thanks to the annual Fall Plant Sale. Each year we host a fall sale with a wide selection of landscape-ready plants including unique, hard-to-find specimens. Whether folks are planting them in the ground or in small containers, they can rest assured that the plants available are hardy and arid-adapted. Sale is located in our main parking lot off Paseo del Norte.

Sponsored by our Platinum Corporate Member:

Guatemalan Crafts Sale

Friday | November 4 | 10am-4pm
Saturday | November 5 | 10am-4pm
Education Center | Free Admission During the Sale

Now’s your chance to bring a kaleidoscope of color into your home with Tohono Chul’s annual Guatemalan Crafts Sale. For almost a decade Tohono Chul has hosted this trunk sale featuring an array of brilliant beaded jewelry, colorful shawls, handwoven textiles, contemporary purses, vests, table runners and embroidered square-cut blouses also known as traditional huipiles. Each year the items make their trek from small cottage villages in Guatemala to Tucson, bringing along with them vibrancy and a rich history.

Sponsored by our Platinum Corporate Member:

Sonoran Desert Journeys: Ecology and Evolution of its Iconic Species | Book Release, Signing, and Presentation

Theodore H. Fleming | December 2 |10 am – 12 pm | Pavilion | Free with admission

Theodore H. Fleming, author and professor emeritus of biology at the University of Miami, will join us to celebrate the release of his new book, Sonoran Desert Journeys: Ecology and Evolution of its Iconic Species. Enjoy a short presentation at 10:30 am as Ted shares his exploration of the evolution and natural history of iconic animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert region and provides a model of how we can coexist with the unique species that call this area home. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is free with admission.

Birds of Prey – Night & Day

February – April | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Children’s Ramada

Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder rejoins us with her Harris’ Hawk buddy Sueño and two new friends Poppy, the Western Screech Owl, and Banshee, the Barn Owl. Discover the different habits of birds of prey who hunt by night or by day, and get to know a collection of the most unflappable birds in town. Free with admission.

Reptile Ramble

March – May | Fridays at 10 a.m. | Overlook

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push-ups?” Be prepared to get to know some friendly, non-venomous snakes, and perhaps a lizard or tortoise or two. We’ll even introduce you to a few venomous reptiles as well, like a rattlesnake and maybe a Gila monster, all to illustrate how we can learn to live together in the desert. Free with admission.

Butterflies and Their Plants

Year-round | Saturdays & Sundays at 11 a.m.

Explore the seasonal world of butterflies and discover the plants favored by caterpillars and adults. Free with admission.