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.


Desert Players – One Starry Night…

Friday | August 20
Wednesday | August 25
Monday | August 30

10am | Ed. Center #1

One Starry Night…While mischief-maker Coyote “helps” place the stars in the sky, a variety of nocturnal desert animals share with us what they are up to while we are sleeping. 

You are invited to attend the Desert Players performance of their original play One Starry Night. This volunteer-led fun-loving thespian group presents original, creative, and educational Sonoran-themed plays to children and adults. These live pantomime stories link valuable natural history lessons for children of all ages with the message to “read more about it.” 

This season’s original story One Starry Night tells a tale of nocturnal happenings in our beautiful Sonoran Desert. Spider Grandmother is in charge of placing the stars in the sky each night, but that pesky Coyote has other plans. Come along as the ever-popular javelina, Rumplepigskin, and Jacqueline Jackrabbit search for Spider Grandmother. Coyote has hidden her well. The desert animals must join together to save Spider Grandmother and help her place the stars back up in the sky. But will the stars ever be bright again? With help from Comet and Ditzy Star, as well as a host of nighttime desert creatures such as Bat, Owl, Gila Monster and Rattlesnake, watch the sky light up once more. Free with admission.


Blue Star Museums

May 15 – September 6

It’s become an annual summer tradition with us — Tohono Chul is again participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve) and their families from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day.​


Reptile Ramble

March 5 to May 28 | 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.


Birds of Prey – Night & Day

On Hold

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 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.


Stories in the Garden

On Hold

Tuesdays | 10 a.m. | Children’s Ramada

Join us for traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures under the Children’s Ramada. Free with admission.


Butterflies of Tohono Chul

On Hold

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

Nature lovers, shutterbugs, and bug lovers will get an in-depth glimpse of some of the most engaging creatures in the Sonoran Desert, butterflies! Free with admission.