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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Chiles, Chocolate and Salsa!

Saturday & Sunday | October 25 & 26 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

It’s been more than a decade since Tucsonans have been able to enjoy the food, crafts and festival atmosphere of La Fiesta de los Chiles as conceived by the Tucson Botanical Gardens. We think is it long past time that this tradition was revived, so we are crafting our own homage to the cult of the fiery chile—and decadent chocolate—two of the ingredients that define life in the Southwest! 

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Fall Plant Sale

Members’ Preview: Wednesday | October 8 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
General public: Saturday | October 11 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General public: Sunday | October 12 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit Tohono Chul’s Fall Plant Sale to see our extensive offering of usual and unusual, native and arid-adapted plants from barrel cactus to gopher plants to penstemons and passion flowers. Those planning to attend go to the propagation area, our east side entrance, off of Northern Avenue at 7211 N. Northern Ave.

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Whole Foods 5% Donor Day to Benefit Tohono Chul

Tuesday | October 7 | 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Whole Foods on Ina Road

In addition to other charitable giving opportunities, Whole Foods host a “5% Days” twice a year, where five percent of the day’s net sales are donated to a local non-profit or educational organization. We hope you take this opportunity to purchase your favorite Whole Food items, or maybe even explore the store for the first time. Treat yourself while helping nourish Tohono Chul! Click here to visit the Ina Road Whole Foods website!

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