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.

Sundays in the Garden – Fall Concert Series

Sundays | October – November | 1:30 – 3 p.m. | Performance Garden

Concerts free with admission

Join us every Sunday this fall 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.  Click on the performer’s names below to learn more about their music.

October 20 | Duo Villalobos | Guitar and Cello
October 27 | Elizabeth Soflin & Friends | Marimba and Vibraphone

November 3 | Katie Damon | Classical Harp
November 10 | Orquesta de Guitarras de la
Unión (Costa Rica)
| Latin American and Classical music
November 17 | Nancy Elliott and Ismael Barajas | Southwestern Americana
November 24 | Jonathan W. Martinez | Acoustic Guitar

Chiles, Chocolate, & Day of the Dead

Friday | October 25 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday | October 26 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate your memories, and make new ones, with our sixth annual salute to the fiery chile and decadent chocolate. Dozens of food and craft vendors will fill the grounds and personal ofrendas (altars) from local artists and schools pay homage to the enduring borderland traditions of Día de los Muertos and a community altar invites guests to leave recuerdos (remembrances) of lost loved ones. There will be musical entertainment with a Latin beat, Day of the Dead-themed face painting (and children’s activities on Saturday). Tickets and more event information coming soon!

Guatemalan Crafts Sale

Friday | November 8 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday | November 9 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Admission During the Sale

This special trunk show hosts an array of clothing from flowered huipiles (square-cut blouses) to colorful rebozos (shawls), as well as fabric on the bolt, contemporary purses, vests, table runners and colorful beaded jewelry. Sale takes place in the Lomaki House.

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

October – April | Saturdays at 11 a.m & Sundays at 1 p.m.
May – September | Saturdays & Sundays at 10 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

August 23 to November 8 (except October 25) | 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

October 9 to December 11 | 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.