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.

Holiday Nights

Friday & Saturday | December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

$12 for members* | $16 for nonmembers | $5 for children ages 5-12 | Children under 5 no charge

Tickets are valid any one of the six nights!

Holiday Nights is fun for everyone! Stroll along paths garlanded with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the Gardens. Who can resist a sing-along or viewing the stars through a telescope? You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct performances located throughout the Gardens while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats!

Not finished with your holiday shopping? Peruse the Museum gift shops where you are sure to find a unique gift for that special someone or purchase the gift of a membership to Tohono Chul.

*Only one member-priced ticket per member. Member prices are only valid for current members. Please note Guest Passes, American Horticultural Society Gardens Reciprocal Admission Privileges, and ACT ONE Culture Passes are not valid during special events.

2020 Members’ Reception

Saturday | January 18 | 10-11am

COME CELEBRATE YOU! Your support sustains and grows Tohono Chul! Enjoy light refreshments. Meet friends, old and new. Get the inside scoop from Executive Director, Dr. Christine Conte on what’s new, and what’s coming in 2020. See you there!

RSVP by emailing Angela Whitsell at or calling 520-742-6455 x 243

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 | due to illness there will be no Birds of Prey on December 11

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.