Sales & Special Events

Sales & Special Events 2018-03-14T08:59:05+00:00

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.

Cool Season Yoga – Indoors

Tuesdays, January 16 to March 27 | 9am-10am | Ed. Ctr. #1

$8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public (students pay instructor directly)

Feeling the post-holiday let-down or fending off the winter blahs? Join Barbara Sherman, LifeForce Yoga® practitioner and registered Yoga instructor for an hour of uplifting yoga practice. Enjoy accessible poses and breathing exercises to energize your body and ease your mind. Please bring your own mat.

Sundays in the Garden – Spring Series

Join us every Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. this March and April in the Performance Garden. The concert is free with admission and free for members as one of the many amazing membership benefits. 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.


March 18 | Greg Morton | Bluegrass
April 1 | Noah Weig-Pickering | Classical Guitar
April 8 | Gary Stroutsos Trio | World Flute Muisic
April 15 | Bin Hu and Xia Jing | Guzheng and Classical Guitar
April 22 | Ignacio Mondaca | Classical Guitar
April 29 | Diana Yusupov | Classical Music – Cello

Why-a-Will Seminars

Tuesday | March 6 | 9 – 11 a.m. | Wilson Room

Wednesday | March 14 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Wilson Room

Friday | March 23 | 9 – 11 a.m. | Wilson Room

Preserve your legacy. To register for the workshop please call 520-742-6455 ext. 0 or email Carol Dimit at

Spring Plant Sale

Members’ Preview:
Wednesday | March 14 | 12 – 6 p.m. | Propagation Area

General Public:
Saturday | March 17 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Propagation Area
Sunday | March 18 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Propagation Area

Now’s your chance to add some local flora to your household with our Spring Plant Sale. Whether you’re potting them or planting in the ground, the selection of over 1,200 species of native vegetation is diverse and includes plants that cannot be found anywhere else. All the plants are propagated for the Southern Arizona climate which means they are much hardier and arid-adapted, making them ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Choose from a selection of blooming vegetation to attract such local fauna as butterflies and hummingbirds. There are even special sections to help you find the right plant for your garden. Make your backyard a beautiful Sonoran Desert rainbow.

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.

Guatemalan Crafts Sale

March 23 & 24 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Lomkai House | Free Admission During the Sale

Each year brilliant beaded jewelry, colorful shawls, handwoven textiles, contemporary purses, vests, table runners and traditional huipiles (embroidered square-cut blouses) make their trek from small cottage villages in Guatemala to Tohono Chul. In addition to the fine craftsmanship, you’ll find beautiful objects constructed using environmentally-friendly, recycled materials.

Whether it’s woven by hand, strung by hand, or sewn by hand, each item is unique and carries a story. What makes these goods even more special is knowing you’re supporting communities that weave tradition, art, and culture into ever fiber. These artisan communities work to pass their skills from generation to generation in an effort to preserve their artistic legacy. Each family exhibits their skills in different mediums such as handwoven textiles spun of natural fibers, handmade jewelry and beadwork, and hand-sewn and embroidered clothing.

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

March – May & Sept. – Nov. | 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

February-April | 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.