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 11 | 12 – 6 p.m.
Open to the Public:
Saturday | October 14 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday | October 15 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Propagation Area at 7211 N. Northern Avenue
Visit Tohono Chul’s Fall Plant Sale for an extensive offering of both the typical and the unusual, native, cold-hardy, and arid-adapted plants from agaves to Zauschneria and everything in-between. Our Members’ Only Preview hours have been extended due to the ever-growing popularity of this event. We encourage you to bring your own wagon, but we will have plenty on hand if you don’t have one. Don’t forget to check out our propagation greenhouse. Please note that 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 27 | Saturday, October 28 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Early Bird Members’ – $3
Early Bird General Public – $12
Our 2017 homage to the cult of the fiery chile—and decadent chocolate—also celebrates another enduring tradition of the borderlands, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time we remember and honor those who have gone before. Throughout the grounds, vendors feature chile and Day of the Dead inspired crafts and chile and chocolate culinary delights. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, chile roasters, musical entertainment, local artists, sales of ornamental and edible chile plants, free Day of the Dead-themed face painting and children’s activities.
Sundays in the Garden
1:30 – 3 p.m. | Performance Garden | Free with Admission
- October 1 – Steven Lerman | Classical Guitar
- October 8 – Bin Hu & Tiezheng Shen | Guitar & Violin Duo
- October 15 – Emily Nolan & Ian Jones | Violin & Cello Duo
- October 22 – Nancy Elliott & Benny Young | Southwestern Music
- October 29 – Katie Damon | Harp 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.
Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Lomaki House | Free Admission During the Sale
Mayan women of Guatemala live in the mountain villages of their ancestors, weaving colorful textiles using traditional back-strap looms. The intricate patterns of their weavings are both ancient and modern, reflecting symbols of the pre-Columbian past and the spiritualism of the weaver, through patterns revealed in dreams. Offered for sale at this special trunk show will be 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.
2017 Holiday Nights – Tickets on sale October 2!
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 | Frey Hayes | Cirque Roots | Santa
- December 2 – Joe Bourne | Maderas Strings | Cirque Roots | Magic Mr. B | 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 | 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!
“Fall” Back to Yoga!
Tuesdays | September 26 – November 14| 8:30-9:30+ a.m. | Children’s Ramada | $8 members, $8 plus cost of admission for the general public
Get back into a healthy routine by joining Barbara Sherman, registered yoga instructor, for an hour of gentle yoga practice in the outdoors! Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth. Stroll the park afterwards or visit the Garden Bistro for a healthy breakfast. Please bring your own mat. $8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public
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.
August – October | 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.