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.
Sundays in the Garden Fall Concert Series
Sundays | October – November | 1:30 – 3pm |
Join us every Sunday this fall in the Performance Garden. 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.
October 28 | String Quartet | Quartet Lyrique
November 4 | Classical Guitar | Ryan Chen and Yunchen Liu
November 11 | Flute & Oboe Music | David Ramirez & Monserrat García Campos
November 18 | Harp Chamber Music | Carla Fabris & friends
November 25 | Jazz | Gus Woodrow Trio
Chiles, Chocolate, & Day of the Dead Festival
Friday & Saturday | November 2 & 3 | 9am – 4pm
Come celebrate your memories, and make new ones, with our fifth annual salute to the fiery chile and decadent chocolate. Dozens of food and craft vendors will fill the grounds and personal ofrendas (altars) from local artists and schools pay homage to the enduring borderland traditions of Día de los Muertos and a community altar invites guests to leave recuerdos (remembrances) of lost loved ones. There will be musical entertainment with a Latin beat from the Rafael Moreno Quartet, Entre Peruanos, Jovert Steel Drum Band, Mariachi Aztlán and Michael Salerno; sugar skull crafts with Jennifer Eschedor; Day of the Dead-themed face painting by Maddy (and children’s activities on Saturday).
Guatemalan Crafts Sale
Friday & Saturday | November 9 & 10 | 10am – 4pm
Now’s your chance to bring a kaleidoscope of color into your home with Tohono Chul’s annual Guatemalan Crafts Sale. For almost a decade Tohono Chul has hosted this trunk sale featuring an array of brilliant beaded jewelry, colorful shawls, handwoven textiles, contemporary purses, vests, table runners and embroidered square-cut blouses also known as traditional huipiles. Each year the items make their trek from small cottage villages in Guatemala to Tucson, bringing along with them vibrancy and a rich history. In addition to appreciating fine craftsmanship, guests will also see that these beautiful objects are fabricated using environmentally-friendly materials. Many of the items at the sale are constructed of recycled and repurpose materials, transforming them into new works of art for you and your home.
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 | Dec. 7 & 8 | Dec. 14 & 15
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$12 for members | $16 for nonmembers | $3 for children 12 & under
*Please note Guest Passes & American Horticultural Society Gardens Reciprocal Admission Privileges are not valid during special events.
Holiday Nights is fun for everyone! Stroll along paths garlanded with over a million twinkling lights while musicians and artists perform throughout the Gardens. Who can resist a sing-along or viewing the stars through a telescope? You’re sure to enjoy the many distinct performances located throughout the Gardens while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy tasty treats!
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.
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 get to know some friendly, non-venomous snakes, and perhaps a lizard or tortoise or two. We’ll even introduce you to a few venomous reptiles as well, like a rattlesnake and maybe a Gila monster, all to illustrate how we can learn to live together in the desert. Free with admission.
Birds of Prey – Night & Day
October-December | 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.