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
1:30 – 3 p.m. | Performance Garden | Free with Admission
- November 19 – Phillip Kane | Classical Latin Guitar
- November 26 – Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra | Classical Music
Join us every Sunday in October and November for music in the Performance Garden. Be sure to visit the cash bar for beer and wine, prickly pear lemonade, and our famous prickly pear margaritas. 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 you in part by the Tucson Guitar Society.
2017 Holiday Nights – Tickets on sale now!
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | $16 general public, $12 members, $3 Children 12 and under
- December 1 – Arizona Star Tours | Desert Melodies | Fred Hayes | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 2 – Grupo Tradiciones | Maderas Strings | Cirque Roots | County Line | Santa
- December 8 – Grupo Riken | Magic Mr.B | Tucson Jazz Institute | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 9 – Rene Taylor | Mr. Nature’s Music Garden | Cirque Roots | Jovert Steel Drum Band | Santa
- December 15 – Gus Woodrow Duo | Gabriel Ayala | Cirque Roots | Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band | Santa
- December 16 – Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band | Kathy Acosta Zavala & Friends | Cirque Roots | Harpist Rachel Kay Knight | Santa
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!
Winds of Honor
Sunday | December 10 | 2 p.m. | Ed. Center #1 | $10 members, $15 for the general public
International recording artist, composer and cultural storyteller Gary Stroutsos joins us for a 25th anniversary celebration of his life’s work, a personal journey of discovery and one man’s commitment to the musical and cultural legacy of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American flute in hand, Stroutsos shares time-honored stories and songs from the tribal lands of the Northern Plains of Dakota to the canyon lands of the desert southwest. “In his lifetime, Gary has played music from many cultures. His integrity, humanity and humor have opened doors into personal and private worlds,” says Julie Cajune, Salish Montana educator. “The gift of songs and relationships with people from around the world has enriched Gary’s life. These are gifts that Gary honors and remembers.”
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.
April – June | 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 meet a few non-venomous reptiles, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise, and a few venomous, rattlesnakes and or a Gila monster. Free with admission.
Birds of Prey – Night & Day
October – December | 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.