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.


Fall Plant Sale

Members’ Preview: Wednesday | October 9 | 12 – 6 p.m.

General Public:

Saturday | October 12 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday | October 13 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fall is the perfect time to get the goods to transform your backyard into a desert oasis thanks to our 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. Chose from over 1,000 different species to add to your yard or garden. 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.


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.