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 our most popular events throughout the year.

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Holiday Nights!

Friday & Saturday | November 7 & 8 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Children’s Ramada

On six special evenings across three consecutive weekends, Tohono Chul takes on an air of holiday magic as we invite the community to enjoy the tradition of Holiday Nights, highlighted by live music, holiday treats, and shopping.  Each night, the Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a million holiday lights and our very own special desert snowman.

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Guatemalan Arts and Crafts Sale

Friday & Saturday | November 7 & 8 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Children’s Ramada

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. Free admission during the sale.

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Book Signing – Diana Madaras, Private Spaces

Tuesday | November 11 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | La Fuente Museum Shop courtyard

Diana Madaras will be signing copies of her latest book Private Spaces. Artwork, notecards and other gifts will be on sale from the treasures of the La Fuente Museum Shop. Diana will also be giving two short talks about her new book at 11:30 and 1:30 in the La Fuente Museum Shop Courtyard.

Image Left: Cover image from Diana Madaras’ Book Private Spaces

Diana Madaras is becoming a legend in her own time. Few are the artists who can inspire emotions through art. Diana is one of the few.– Clive Cussler, New York Times Best Selling Author and Madaras collector.

Throughout, Private Spaces is brought to life by Diana’s intimate photos and 152 colorful paintings. The word vibrant comes to mind. It’s a masterpiece. – Barbara McNichol, editor, Barbara McNichol Editorial



Saturday | November 15 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Docent and author Sue Feyrer releases her latest book – Butterflies of Tohono Chul. This handy field guide includes photos of the most common butterflies (and their caterpillars) found on the grounds, along with lists of the plants they love best, both larval food plants and nectar plants for the adults. Stop by La Entrada Greenhouse and meet Sue – she’ll be happy to sign your copy! We’re also offering additional butterfly tours this day at 11am, 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m (free with admission) and a special “Stories in the Garden for Children” in the Children’s Ramada. And while you’re in the Greenhouse, don’t forget to make your own butterfly garden plant selections from the hundreds available. Free with admission