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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A Day of Kindness and Reflection – Remembering January 8

Thursday | January 8

Four years ago the Tucson community and the entire country were stunned by the events that unfolded on the corner just across the street. In the days that followed, Tohono Chul became a refuge and a place of healing for many. On this anniversary, join us in a day of reflection and remembrance and shared kindness.

Admission is free with a donation of canned food to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank, an organization that has been helping seniors, the disabled and families in financial crisis achieve stable, healthy and independent lives for 30 years. They are in need of canned spaghetti sauce, meats, fruit and vegetables,dried pasta, rice, beans, cereal, and peanut butter, jams and jellies — be generous.
From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., visitors can sit down in the Children’s Ramada with Docents from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and be inspired to jot a few lines or write a short poem to commemorate the day, reflect on life’s passages or share how they see our community coming together in positive and life-affirming ways. At noon, gather in the Performance Garden for readings of selected poems from the Center’s collection and, hopefully, our visitors’ efforts as well! And, finally at 1:30pm, join Yoga Instructor Barb Sherman for an hour of heart-centered, gentle yoga accompanied by poems selected to inspire and read by Julie Lauterbach-Colby from The Poetry Center.
Ben’s Bells is all about intentional kindness and improving our ability to connect with one another. Founded by Jeannette Maré as a way to cope with the loss of her son Ben, the organization has developed a national presence in the past 12 years. Sculpted of clay, glazed and fired, Ben’s Bells pass through many hands in their creation, eventually hung randomly around Tucson to await discovery by happenstance. Find one, and you can take it home as a reminder to practice kindness every day. Stop by the Overlook from 10am to 2pm and help make beads that will become part of a Ben’s Bell, write a KIND note to someone you know and proudly share a Be Kind sticker!Admission is free with a donation of canned food to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank

Senior Health & Wellness Showcase

Thursday | January 22 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join Tohono Chul and CareMore as we host a special Senior Health & Wellness Showcase in the gardens. Healthcare providers and related vendors will be on hand with special screenings, demonstrations and giveaways. Learn about all the resources Oro Valley and Tucson have for you. Take care of your health and remember to wear your sunscreen!

Admission to Tohono Chul is free during the Showcase!

Zuni Sale

Friday – Sunday | February 6 – 8 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Lomaki House

Precious materials worked with reverence are the hallmarks of Zuni craft. At Tohono Chul’s Best of Zuni sale you’ll see fine silver inlaid with coral, turquoise, jet and more. You’ll be able to hold and learn about the deeper meanings of the intricately carved figures, fetishes, which have made Zuni craftspeople renowned worldwide. And, you’re sure to have a great time! Free admission during the sale.

Pottery & Trunk Show – Functional & Decorative Sublime & Whimsical

Friday & Saturday | February 20 & 21 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Park Wide

Over 20 ceramic artists from Southern Arizona Clay Artists will offer their gallery quality, functional and decorative ceramics in Tohono Chul’s blooming botanical gardens.Free admission during the sale.

Mexican Folk Art Show & Sale – Rugs, Pottery & Oaxacan carvings

Friday – Sunday | March 13 – 15 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Lomaki House

The Mexican Folk Art Show and Sale is a celebration of the color and vitality of Mexican folk arts. Familiar, yet fantastical, brightly painted Oaxacan creature sculptures, called alebrijes, will be on display in the hundreds. From the village of Mata Ortiz, in Chihuahua Mexico, come exquisite hand-formed and hand-painted decorative pottery. Also featured will be a bonanza of Zapotec wool rugs, sporting both traditional and contemporary designs. These rugs are created on hand-operated looms from wool obtained from local sheep, and pigmented with natural, indigenous dyes. Simply put, the Mexican Folk Art Show and Sale is a treat for the eye, hand, and heart. Free admission during the sale.