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.

Chillin at the Chul

Fridays & Saturdays | Through September 3 | 5 – 8pm | Free Admission

We are excited to announce our first-ever summer series – Chillin at the Chul! Join us Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. June 3 through September 3 for music, refreshing spirits, and light bites. You can literally chill down in the gardens in the shade of mature trees that contribute to a cooling 10° difference in temperature. Saturdays are family friendly as we’ve partnered with the Children’s Museum of Oro Valley to provide nature play to keep kids entertained while parents relax.

Desert Discovery Days

Monday-Friday | Through September 2 | 8/8:30am | Children’s Ramada | Free with Admission

Join us this summer as we get in touch with nature and make some desert discoveries! Each week will focus on a different desert theme – from cactus to clouds, come gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the desert we call home. There is something for everyone this summer at Desert Discovery Days! All ages are welcome.

Nature Niños

Saturdays | Through September 3 | 9-11am & 6-8pm

Join us in the morning and evening every Saturday this summer for nature play with the Children’s Museum Oro Valley! Perfect for kids ages 10 and under.

9-11am | Children’s Ramada
Free with Admission

6-8pm | Children’s Garden
Free Admission


Daily | June 1 – September 3 | 7-10am

Beat the heat with new morning offerings and programming!

  • Free admission daily from 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Sip N’ Stroll – temporarily on pause, stay tuned for info
  • 1-Mile Walking Loop – perfect for getting 2,000 steps in
  • Desert Discovery Days – new kids programming Monday – Friday
  • Nature Niños – Saturday kids programming with the Children’s Museum Oro Valley
  • Weekly Yoga – available Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. There is an additional $10 fee to participate.

Book Signing and Sale

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

Join Michael Chiago in the Exhibit House where he will be singing 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.

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.