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Flashlight Nights 2024

DATE: 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 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.

Join us for special theme nights in June:

Celebrate the Garden’s 85th Anniversary | July 20
Enjoy an 85th anniversary scavenger hunt, with a special commemorative sticker. First 100 guests will receive a free flashlight.

Wellness Night | July 27
First 100 attendees get a free flashlight. Learn to cook with mesquite flour and prickly pear and take home a free recipe card. Plus, learn how creosote and other desert plants have been used for wellness in the past and today. Don’t forget to take home a complimentary wellness book.


Behind-the-Scenes (all dates sold out)

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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All Flashlight Nights events include the following activities:

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.

Generously Supported By:


Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20

Enjoy a complimentary cool drink, included with ticket, and soak up the summer sunset at the Garden with pop-up experiences and desert views.

Great Milkweed Grow Out Tour

July 24, 26 & Aug 14, 16

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our plant and insect ecology program! Learn about and experience firsthand our research with butterflies and their hostplants, and visit our onsite propagation area to see how we grow plants for pollinator conservation around the state.


July 12, 26

Join Desert Botanical Garden for Storytime. Introduce your child five and younger to the beauty and wonder of nature through engaging books, songs, activities and play.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


Heat Advisory: Please be prepared for extreme heat. Bring water, stay hydrated and seek shade when possible.