Sales & Special Events

Tohono Chul hosts a variety of special events through 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.


Southern Arizona Clay Artist Ceramics Sale

Friday – Saturday | February 28 – 29| 10am-4pm

Free Admission During the Sale

Over 20 ceramic artists from Southern Arizona Clay Artists offer gallery quality, functional and decorative ceramics in Tohono Chul’s gardens.


Sundays in the Garden – Spring Series

Sundays | March 1, 8, 15, 22 | April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:30 – 3pm | Free with Admission

Join us almost every Sunday this spring in the Performance Garden. Treat yourself to a wonderful afternoon outdoors, sipping wine, and listening to live music. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. The concert series is brought to you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society

March 1Diana Yusupov | Classical Cello

March 8Randal Dighton | Troubadour

March 15Tucson Guitar Quartet | Classical and Latin American Music

March 22LeeLee Hunter | Classical Guitar

March 29 – NO CONCERT

April 5Emily Anderson | Folk Singer-Songwriter

April 12Andrea Roberto | Classical Guitar

April 19InvestinEd Showcase: Sahuaro
High School Chamber Ensembles | Chamber Music

April 26Borderlands Ensemble | American & Mexican Music


Mexican Folk Art Sale

Friday – Sunday | March 6-8 | 10am – 4pm | Free Admission During the Sale

Featuring colorful Oaxacan wood carvings, Mata Ortiz Pottery, & handwoven Zapotec wool rugs.


Spring Plant Sale

Members’ Preview: Wednesday | March 18 | 12 – 6pm

General Public:

Saturday | March 21 | 9am – 5pm

Sunday | March 22 | 10am – 4pm

Whether you’re potting them or planting in the ground, the selection of over 1,200 species of native vegetation is diverse and includes plants that cannot be found anywhere else. Choose from a selection of blooming vegetation to attract such local fauna as butterflies and hummingbirds. The plant sale is located on the east side of the grounds in the Propagation Area at 7211 N. Northern Avenue, which is the first street just west of the Ina and Oracle intersection.

Please note the wrong date for the Members’ Preview was printed in the February Desert Leaf Magazine. The correct date is Wednesday, March 18.


Sonoran Spring Gala

Sunday | March 29 | 4 – 7pm | $130

Join us in celebrating the beauty and majesty of springtime! Let the gardens of Tohono Chul charm you with fantastic fare by the Garden Bistro, refreshing libations, live music by Sons of Orpheus – The Male Choir of Tucson, and most importantly, good company with your host Tom McNamara of Arizona Public Media’s Arizona Illustrated. Please join us in savoring the sights and sounds of the season!


Stories in the Garden

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

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.


Reptile Ramble

March 6 to May 29 | 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

February 12 to April 22 | 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.