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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Free for Fathers on Father’s Day!

Sunday | June 21 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free admission for all fathers and grandfathers for Father’s Day. Make it a special day for your father or grandfather,or both, by taking a stroll through Tohono Chul.


Not Just for Kids!

June 2, July 7 and August 4 | 10am | Children’s Ramada

The Desert Players are taking over Stories in the Garden the first Tuesday of the month this summer! Enjoy a brand new, masked pantomime entitled Rainbow Saves the Night. Ever wonder what it would be like if there was no nighttime? The animals of the Sonoran Desert are about to find out because Eagle has stolen Night, and hidden it! Without Night, nocturnal animals don’t know what to do — Bobcat can’t creep up on rabbits, Owl is visible to all the mice, and Rattler might be eaten by a hawk before he can find his own meal. Days will be hotter and hotter without the coolness of evenings and Javelina will have to forage under the burning sun. It’s up to Rainbow Raven and his best friend Shadow the Bat to use their special skills and sharp wits to solve the riddles, find Night and bring him back before it’s too late. Will the moon and the stars ever be seen again? Craft activity included. Free with admission

Going to the Library!

And if you want to catch the Desert Players at your local library this summer, here are the dates:

June 22 | Catalina Library | 2 p.m.
July 8 | Marana Library | 2 p.m.
July 9 | Dusenberry-River Library | 2 p.m.
July 30 | Wilmot Library | 10:30 a.m.


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Butterflies of Tohono Chul

Sept. – Nov. & Mar. – May | Saturdays at 11 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.


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Reptile Ramble

Apr. – Jun. & Aug. – Oct. | Fridays at 10 a.m.

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-poisonous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission


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Blue Star Museum

May 25 – September 7

Once again, we are joining museums across the country to offer free admission to all active duty military and their families from Memorial Day (May 25) through Labor Day (September 7) made possible by a collaboration between the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense with the support of MetLife Foundation. For a list of participating museums in Tucson and elsewhere, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums


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Four-Way Summer Membership Swap

June 1 – August 31

June 1 through August 31, members of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens and Tucson Museum of Art can show their membership card, share their email address and receive free admission at any of the other three participating institutions! Please note, this reciprocity agreement does not include other member benefits such as discounts or admission to special events.

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It’s always cool at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

This summer get inside the head of local artist Ric Maledon in the temporary exhibit Miniatures from the Mind’s Eye of Ric Maledon, open June 2 through August 2. The Second Saturday of every month, kids can make their own miniature to take home during our Kids Create Family Fun Program. During Tiny Tales for Tots, little ones can meet Fairy Caitlin and friends from “More to the Story Entertainment” for a story and sing-a-long. You can even drop the kids off for a few hours of crafts and games during clubHOUSE at our member price of $15 per afternoon with advance registration when you use booking code SWAP15. Details about all of these programs can be found at www.theminitimemachine.org or by calling 520-881-0606.

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At Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Dog Days of Summer is back by popular demand and we’ve expanded it to allow leashed canine visitors every day of the week during regular Gardens hours!

note: admission for dogs is $3 per visit, or $20 for a dog membership with unlimited summer admission]. The Gardens and Café Botanica will open at 6:30am every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer offering Early Bird Weekends — an early morning stroll followed by a delicious breakfast. Join us every Thursday for Twilight Thursdays and the 4th Saturday of each month for Sunset Saturdays as the Gardens remains open late so guests can enjoy the our lovely setting during cooler evening hours. Dinner may be purchased in the Café from 5-8:00pm, or bring your own dinner and picnic in the Gardens. Please visit www.tucsonbotanical.org for a full list of summer events.

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Summer forecast: 72° and colorful at the Tucson Museum of Art

Visit historic downtown Tucson and enjoy reciprocal membership benefits and free parking at the Museum. See six new art exhibitions throughout the summer: Livin’ Large: Works from the 1980s; Horses of the West: Power, Freedom, and Friendship; Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser; Of Earth and Sand: Ceramics and Glass Works; Arizona Biennial 2015 (opening July 25); and, Museum as Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience (with The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project opening July 17) and Every Thursday the Museum is open until 8 PM! Bring the kids to Picture This! Art for Families, a free family program held the first Sunday of every month, including gallery activities, special performances, and hands-on art making projects. Café a la C’Art, the award-winning Museum café serves breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, happy hour and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and weekend brunch. For more information visit www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org.


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Reptile Ramble

Apr. – Jun. & Aug. – Oct. | Fridays at 10 a.m.

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-poisonous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission