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Flashlight Nights 2024

DATE: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 & 14
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
PRICE: Included with Membership or General Admission

Escape the heat and explore the Garden after dark with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats. Enjoy access to food trucks, coffee carts and Breezy Pops for sale. Garden will be selling s’mores and drinks and more from their pop-up bars serving non-alcoholic and adult beverages.

Book Giveaway | Browse books and take one home for free! One per guest.

Moon Sculptures | Observe the shapes and textures of the moon, and identify a crater’s impact shape, size and impact rays. Plus, create a moon sculpture with clay to take home.

Constellation Cups | Create constellations with a paper cup to project and view.

Star Gazing | Discover stars, constellations, planets, moons and other astronomical objects in the night sky with telescopes.

Mesquite Pitch Painting | Try painting using mesquite pitch paint.

Prickly Pear pop-up | Learn about the many uses of prickly pear cactus including food for people and animals, a host plant for insects, and even cactus leather used in the fashion industry.  Plus, taste a prickly pear cactus pad (nopalito).

Magnificent Mesquites | Touch, grind and taste mesquite flour made from the seedpods of a mesquite.

Making Tracks | Explore tracks of animals that live in the Sonoran Desert and create your own tracks using stamps and water.

Desert Critters | Encounter snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and other desert critters general questions.

Super Saguaro | Explore this desert icon, see and touch a saguaro skeleton, learn about how it is an important resource for various desert wildlife and how it has evolved as a plant to live in the desert. Guests will learn how saguaro fruit is harvested.

Celebrate the Garden’s 85th Anniversary | June 1
The first 100 guests will receive a free flashlight. Enjoy an 85th anniversary scavenger hunt, with a special commemorative sticker. Storytelling experience- The Lost Dutchman Story and Arizona history.

Humans in Space | June 8
Experience ASU’s Luminosity Lab’s virtual reality experience and “After the beep …” interactive activity. Enjoy a glow chalk display focused on space, stars and planets. “Out of this world” cocktails and mocktails available for purchase.

Father’s Day | June 15

Dads free with a paid admission, use promo code DAD24
Celebrate the rad dads in your life at Flashlight Nights on June 15. Dads get in free with a paid child admission. The Garden will have free popsicles for the dads! Plus, enjoy the Garden at night with the entire family at Flashlight Nights.


July 20, and 27, and August 3, 10, 17, and 24, 6:30 p.m.

Explore the Garden with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour that showcase desert plants from around the world and the Sonoran Desert. Visitors will have a chance to experience the Garden’s state-of-the-art greenhouses, witness rare and endangered desert plants, and learn about the Garden’s conservation and research work that protects desert plants for future generations.

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Generously Supported By:


The Metro Phoenix Saguaro Census 2024

May 1-31

The Garden is launching the 3rd Annual Saguaro Census in May to document more saguaros throughout the Phoenix metro area using the iNaturalist app. We have learned a lot about saguaros in the Valley and new challenges have emerged.

Morning Tai Chi Classes

Tuesdays, May 28

The Garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of Tai Chi Chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses Yin and Yang.

The Four Seasons by Ballet Arizona

May 15-June 1, 2024

The Four Seasons makes its triumphant return to Desert Botanical Garden.

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